It’s awards season for the blogging community in Ireland, and voting has opened in the the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. In all honesty, awards like these aren’t always perfect at highlighting the best blogs; but with a bit of online exploring, they offer a way to discover some great bloggers.
You might remember the Irish Fireside won the the Best Blog of the Diaspora when the category was introduced a few years ago. After winning, I’ve abstained from the competition (let’s give other blogs a chance to shine), but now I’m participating as a judge.
This year, I was invited to judge the Travel Blog category. I won’t share with you how I voted, but I will tell you about a few blogs that I think would be fantastic for anyone planning a trip to Ireland…
A few of the Personal Irish Travel Blogs you should check out
Forget all the hype of Pokémon GO, geocaching offers the original hunt-n-find adventure experiences. And if you’re traveling to Ireland, Sarah delivers a one-stop spot that highlights her favorite Irish caches in every corner of the Emerald Isle. If you are not sure you understand this whole geocaching thing, she also helps you out with her Geocaching 101 section.
Nora shows that there is also an art to blogging. She chooses a mix of familiar and lesser-known sites on the Emerald Isle and treats us with gorgeous photo essays.
Janet, the journalist, may be more on the move than on the run; and her articles on Irish travel provide all the necessary ingredients to influence your itinerary.
You’ll feel as if Kathleen has taken you along one of her adventures as you read her posts and scroll through her photos of some interesting spots in Ireland.
Despite the blog title’s reference to death, this blog is anything but a downer. Úna-Minh simply writes about the places she visits with her mother. Although the blog doesn’t limit itself to Ireland, a dip into the archives reveals that most of the posts are about wonderful Irish destinations.
I promise; this blog will bring out the foodie in you. Each post highlights various Irish restaurants and food producers you will want to visit.
Cory’s well-written overviews of Ireland’s great places give us a glimpse into the popular and lesser-known attractions of the Emerald Isle. The blog is especially strong at covering County Dublin, but you’ll be pleased with the other surprises you’ll discover in his collection.
The blog title presents a bit of word play — Elena was born in Russia (RU) but now lives in Ireland. Her blog posts and videos cover her exploration of the island. Her site also features great travel tips specific to those visiting Ireland.
The name suggests this blog won’t be venturing outside of Yeats country; but in reality, there’s a full range of outdoor activities on order from all over Ireland. The posts do an especially good job of breaking down various hikes and activities… especially along the Wild Atlantic Way.
With a great collection of sites in Ireland. Galavanting Ireland features an entire collection of places to add to your must-see list.
A stop in the Ireland section of Phoebe’s blog will treat readers to a great collection of photos and travel articles.
Sandra’s been traveling for a while, and she’s added a few of her favorite Irish destinations to her blog as well.
Focusing on the lovely Barrow Valley between Dublin and Kilkenny, this blog features some of the regions best sites, activities, and places to eat and drink.
Elaine and Dave could take you around the world, but it is always a pleasure when Ireland makes their travel list. Their posts and photos yield a bit of wanderlust for their home country.
Brian and Noelle might not have a lot of posts from their home country, but they put them together beautifully with images and narative.
A few of the Corporate Irish Travel Blogs you should check out
Don’t let the rather formal title fool you. The Ordinance Survey Ireland specializes in maps, and their blog puts the spotlight on great walks and routes for your travels.
The Blue Book has long been a go-to resource for Ireland’s finer places to stay and eat. Their blog offers all kinds of ways to upgrade your visit to the Emerald Isle.
With a combination of “best of” lists and posts featuring great Irish destinations, this blog showcases some fine sites and regions to add to your itinerary.
In addition to focusing on the groups member bed and breakfast, B&B Ireland also jumps into destinations, travel tips, and even recipes.
AA Ireland is known for helping travelers plan their routes, and their blog features a few Irish attractions with special tips for visitors.
Give Them Your Vote
You can vote for any of the blogs that made the shortlist over at www.blogawardsireland.com/shortlist-2016/. The voting system can be a bit confusing… I’d suggest selecting a category from the right column, look over the selections, and place your vote.