Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
Aug01

Best Boutique Hostels and Unique Budget Stays Along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

When I suggested we stay in hostels on our Wild Atlantic Way trip, Liam groaned, “I did hostels thirty years ago. I’m waaaaaay beyond the age of traveling like that.” He proceeded to recount tales of waking up to a goat in his room, a bathroom with a clear glass door that didn’t lock, and a blanket covered in creepy-crawlies. I assured him I had vetted the properties on my list and, at the very least, promised clean rooms with no...

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Highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way
Jun13

Highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way

You may have heard about Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way… the world’s longest defined coastal driving route. It’s quite spectacular and the folks at the Dunloe Hotel put together a little infographic that I thought did a nice job of featuring some of the highlights along the route. Enjoy this post?If so, join our list of e-newsletter subscribers. You’ll receive our favorite news stories on Irish travel and...

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Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver
Jun10

Postcard from Ireland: Our Jaunting Car Driver

This is a picture of Robert–a Jaunting Car Driver in Killarney National Park.  He has been driving in the park for over 45 years, and naturally a wealth of knowledge about the park.  The trip through the park via the Jaunting Car is between one and two hours—depending on what you want to see. Tim — Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable travel...

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Postcard from Ireland: Along Dingle’s Slea Head Drive and the Great Blasket Island
May18

Postcard from Ireland: Along Dingle’s Slea Head Drive and the Great Blasket Island

While on a short stroll at one of the many incredible vistas along Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula, my husband sighed and said, “You can bury me right here.” No words from me were required so I squeezed his hand while understanding exactly what he meant. Two locals overheard his comment and said, “This is about as close to heaven as we will get on this earth.” Having flown into Shannon Airport, this was one of the first times...

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Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry
May11

Postcard from Ireland: Dingle, Co Kerry

I think the picture that most says “Ireland” to me is this one, taken in my favorite part of Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula. Forty shades of green, the distant sight of the blue Atlantic ocean, and black-and-white cows. Mountains, whitewashed houses, and rolling fields bordered by stone walls and hedgerows. Bright sunlight on everything, but the grey clouds hint of the rain we’ll soon get – and will soon pass. That’s the Dingle...

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Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort
May10

Postcard from Ireland: Loher Stone Fort

In County Kerry just off the N70 between Caherdaniel and Waterville, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, stands the Loher Stone Fort. Had we not had a local friend for a guide we would never have known it even exists. It can be a bit tricky to locate but if you know what you are looking for it is worth the hunt! We found it much more interesting than Staigue Fort, besides being easier to get to, and free! As you can see, the day was...

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