A Visit to Altamont Gardens in Springtime
May09

A Visit to Altamont Gardens in Springtime

James Burke shares his love for Irish gardens with this video from Altamont Gardens in County Carlow. You can learn a bit more about the place at www.carlowgardentrail.com/altamont.htm and more about James’ photography at...

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Inspired by the Lakelands of Fermanagh
Mar28

Inspired by the Lakelands of Fermanagh

Many visitors may have dipped into County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on a visit to the Belleek Pottery factory, but many people don’t realize taht the waterways of the county offer several different ways to experience the inland county beyond Belleek. To my delight, they’ve put together an excellent website with loads of fantastic information and even some perfectly planned itineraries. www.fermanaghlakelands.com...

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When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?
Mar04

When is the Best Time to Visit Ireland?

  Any day is a good day to visit Ireland, but depending on your interests, you may determine there are “better” times. Here’s my take on when to plan your trip. Weather Irish weather likes to keep meteorologists on their toes. As a guest, you could enjoy sunny, warm conditions in February or wet, cold days in August. Heck, you could have rain lashing at your ankles in the morning and find yourself taking in the sun on the...

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Parkes Castle and Lough Gill
Feb28

Parkes Castle and Lough Gill

Located 7.5 miles (12km) from Sligo town, Parkes Castle and a driving tour around Lough Gill make for a wonderful day out. The castle offers several rooms to explore, but a visit is made memorable by walking the high walls and taking in the view of the...

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Worth Their Salt:  Ireland’s Saltee Islands
Dec05

Worth Their Salt: Ireland’s Saltee Islands

We’re heading to the Saltee Islands on the advice of my mother. I’m home from Australia with my Aussie husband, and she deems it a fitting daytrip for us and my two younger sisters. She’s been there before. Although Great Saltee is Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary, she assures us we won’t need binoculars or an extensive knowledge of ornithology to enjoy it’s many charms. The Saltee Islands lie about 5 km off the southern coast of...

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A Delightful Chat About Ireland’s Ring of Kerry – AUDIO
Nov26

A Delightful Chat About Ireland’s Ring of Kerry – AUDIO

There’s no shortage of information about County Kerry, Ireland, but I couldn’t help feeling enchanted by the place hearing Jessie Voigts talk about Ireland’s most famous corner on The Amateur Traveler Podcast. Gotta admit, Jessie’s giggle is contagious, and she was was quite honest about the Kingdom County’s abundance of tourists while still showcasing its appeal. Yes, it’s got a lot of tourists....

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