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  As you take a tour of Ireland it would be easy to pass by Kildare. But this is a great stop, particularly if you are interested in horses. There is also a very decent coffee shop!   The National Stud is one of Irelands main breeding centres. Some of the...

  Not everyone on tours of Ireland visits this interesting town. But you should!   It has a lot of boating traffic that is on the Shannon, and a great mooring situation. The town sits at the southern end of Lough Ree, one of the Shannon’s three major lakes. That brings...

Mainland is the largest in Orkney and Kirkwall is the county town. Roughly one-third of Mainland’s 14,000 population lives in this seaport on the neck of land which divides the island into 2 unequal parts.   St Magnus is one of only two in Scotland to retain...

This is in Stirlingshire, East of Bonnybridge. It’s an interesting place to see on any tours of Scotland.   This fort is on Antoninus’ Wall. It is one of the most important Roman military sites remaining in Britain. It has a length of rampart and ditch adjacent.   The unique feature is...

  Founded in 1169 by the Benedictines, Holy Cross was supposedly endowed with a splinter from the True Cross, hence its name. Now it has been completely restored, and the church has become once again a popular place of worship and pilgrimage. Most of the present...

This castle is in Aberdeenshire and a hidden gem on any tours of Scotland. It stands in a little tributary glen of the Suie Burn north of Alford. There are round towers and roofless gables with a picturesque Z plan tower house. Terpersie castle was built by William...

This is a beautiful village on the famous coast road in the North of Ireland. It has a fine little harbour and a white bridge built in 1854 running over its main street. This used to carry limestone from the quarries to waiting boats in the harbour. It...

The castle of Kilchurn is in Argyll. It stands at the NE end of Loch Awe. The castle stands on a rock that was once an island but is now surrounded by marsh. It was a stronghold of the Campbells, and the keep was built by Sir Colin...

Once the first stopping place of the many paddle steamers cruising up Loch Lomond, Balmaha is situated on the south-east side of the loch, less accessible than the west side, which takes the road going north from Glasgow. The sailors may head for any one of...

This is one of our favourite places in all of Ireland. At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we stay at Sheen Falls Lodge and our clients fall in love with the place. Kenmare’s two main roads are wide and spacious which is unusual in Ireland. This is because...