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Now this is a real hidden gem on any tours of Ireland !!!! Tory Island is off the coast of County Donegal and has approx 120 inhabitants. The island is often cut off from the mainland for weeks on end by winter storms. It takes its name from...

This former garrison town still retains some lovely Georgian houses. The rivers Camcor and Little Brosna join here , and there is good trout fishing. Birr Castle was originally an O'Carroll fortress and withstood many sieges. Sir Laurence Parsons rebuilt the castle around a ruined keep...

This cairn and passage tomb is over 5000 years old and is regarded as the world’s first solar observatory. It is estimated that 18,000 tonnes of stone were needed to build it. It contains many mysterious and well preserved stone carvings. A small distance away...

The town , which served as a vital port for trade with Spain and was walled during Elizabethan times , has many claims to fame. Among them is its use as a location for the film Ryan’s Daughter. It was also ‘nearly’ famous as a...

This lovely town edges up the slopes of Slievemartin. It is sited in one of the most sheltered areas of Northern Ireland and Mediterranean plants grow along the seafront. The bell from the 6th century monastery founded nearby by St. Bronagh is preserved at the...

For over 2000 years this low hill was a place of religious , and later political , importance. Excavations have found remains dating from 2000BC , though the true story of Tara’s origins remained veiled by the mists of time. It reached the height of its...

A real hiddem gem for your tours of Ireland !!! The county town has a lovely situation on the bank of the River Barrow and is a bustling market and manufacturing centre. Because of its strategic location it served as an important Norman and English stronghold during...

Wexford was founded by the Vikings as a base for raids , a flourishing port grew up here and it was the first town to be captured by the Anglo-Normans in 1169. In 1649 Cromwell slaughtered its residents , breaking its terms of surrender ,...

If you are in County Kerry on any tours of Ireland then the Gap of Dunloe is a must see attraction. "MacGillicuddy’s Reeks" , Co. Kerry is not far from Killarney , and this famous and spectacular 4 mile gap through the Reeks leads to the...