Visiting Inis Mór and the Aran Islands
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Visiting Inis Mór and the Aran Islands

Of all the islands off the shores of Ireland, the Aran Islands may be the most well known. About the Aran Islands Located off the west coast of Ireland, the Aran Islands are accessible by ferry from County Galway, Rossaveel year-round or Galway City from March thru September, and Doolin from March thru mid-September. There…

Exploring County Cavan: A Hidden Gem for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Exploring County Cavan: A Hidden Gem for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Welcome to County Cavan, Ireland’s natural playground nestled along the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. In this picturesque region lies Castle Hamilton by the lakes, a serene escape offering a blend of history, adventure, and tranquility. Listen to hosts Alan and Audrey Kells as they unveil the treasures of this hidden…

Wild Atlantic Way from Lahinch to Sneem
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Wild Atlantic Way from Lahinch to Sneem

Highlights along the Wild Atlantic Way between Lahinch, County Clare and Sneem, County Kerry. Vandeleur Walled Garden Located in Kilrush, not far from the Shannon Ferry. Lovely walled garden and tasty cafe. Find more enchanting Irish gardens! Carrigafoyle Castle Built in the 1490s by the O’Connor Kerry. Managed by the OPW and open from May…

Enchanting Gardens in Ireland – Amazing Irish Experiences
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Enchanting Gardens in Ireland – Amazing Irish Experiences

Ireland is a country known for stunning landscapes and natural beauty. The abundant rainfall that contributes to the country’s ’40 shades of green’ is also at least partially responsible for the lush gardens you’ll find across the country. While the majority of public gardens seem to be concentrated in the ‘sunny southeast’, you can easily…

Ireland’s Top 10 Visitor Attractions in 2024 (and expert tips for visiting)
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Ireland’s Top 10 Visitor Attractions in 2024 (and expert tips for visiting)

Wondering about the best places to visit in Ireland in 2024? And, if you are planning on visiting one of these tops spots, you’ve probably wondered if there are any secrets to having an amazing visit – and maybe avoiding the crowds (as much as possible). The answers to your questions are below – based…

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Explore County Cavan from Hawthorn Lodge

County Cavan is a place that many tourists miss or pass through as they make their way across the northern half of Ireland. Located on the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland halfway between Dublin and Sligo, Cavan (Irish for ‘the hollow’) is an outdoor retreat, an area of lakes and open…

Round Towers – Amazing Ireland Experiences
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Round Towers – Amazing Ireland Experiences

Round towers are an -almost- uniquely Irish structure. (Only 3 ancient round towers exist outside of Ireland.) In Irish they are called cloitheach (cloy- cach), meaning bell house, and were probably built between the 9th and 12th centuries. podcast episode 193 Round Towers in Ireland At least 120 round towers are thought to have existed…

Things to do in Kinsale, Ireland | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 177
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Things to do in Kinsale, Ireland | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 177

I received a terrific question from Jami Casey. This is actually similar to questions I receive often about how to split a group. So I will answer Jami’s specific question, then offer a few general tips. My family of 4 is traveling to Ireland in May of 2024, and I am wondering what you might…

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Hurling in Kilkenny | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 163

Hello again from Ireland! I missed podcasting the past couple of days. On Thursday I had absolutely no connectivity and Friday night half of my hotel room had no electricity – so I was in the dark. The very sweet maintenance man came from home to try to fix it, but left his industrial flashlight…

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