Ireland’s rural heartlands offer serene beauty, picturesque towns and villages and heritage gems, without the crowds. Relaxation is the watchword for Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. With gorgeous lake lands, rivers, hills and forests, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a slow adventure in nature. The majestic River Shannon flows through the Heartlands, so taking a cruise is a great way to see...
Whatever your interests, there’s a perfect winter break waiting for you on the island of Ireland. Whether you’re the great outdoors type, prefer to mull through a museum, love a festival, or are happy to relax by an open fire, you’ll find the perfect winter break on the island of Ireland. Here are six ways to enjoy what the island...
The special aura and rugged beauty of the Skellig Islands have made an imprint not only on thousands of visitors but also on those whose job it is to care for them. Off the coast of County Kerry, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, sit two small, jagged islands, dramatically beautiful and significant for their history, birdlife and most recently their...
Be kind to yourself and to the environment on a relaxing eco-retreat in the midst of Ireland’s gorgeous green landscape. If you love to travel but want to keep your footprint to a minimum, seek out one of the many eco-retreats on offer on the island of Ireland.These are places that will take you a world away from daily stresses...
Serious stargazers should head to Mayo this autumn to celebrate the wonders of the night in this stellar Dark Sky Festival. The Mayo Dark Sky Festival (4 to 6 November) is a celebration of all things astral and a great reason to visit one of the world’s top stargazing locations. Mayo Dark Sky Park stretches between Nephin Mountain Range and the Atlantic Coast...
Ireland’s Boyne Valley is the birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East. Here you can experience a remarkable history stretching back over 9,000 years. You can walk in the footsteps of Ireland’s High Kings and visit the spiritual Hill of Tara, from where the kings ruled as long ago as the 2nd century. This is home to some of Ireland’s greatest heritage...
Three heritage sites on the island of Ireland have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Neolithic Passage Tomb Landscape of County Sligo, the Transatlantic Cable in Valentia, County Kerry, and the Royal Sites of Ireland are included in the new World Heritage Tentative List for Ireland, moving one step closer to achieving UNESCO World Heritage status.The Tentative List...
Heritage and nature combine to offer a blissful Blueway adventure along the River Suir Tipperary Tourism invites you to experience a blissful adventure along the Suir Blueway Tipperary this August. With 53km of stunning scenery and hidden historical gems which you can explore by foot, on bikes or over water, there is a piece of Blueway bliss to suit everyone. With many visitors looking...
The visitor centre at one of the world’s most extensive Stone Age monuments on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way has re-opened after a major facelift. The unique and extensive Céide Fields in northern County Mayo is a Neolithic archaeological site of international significance, celebrated for its complex and extensive remains of ancient field systems and habitations. At a glance, the site seems...
Ireland's vast network of rivers, lakes and canals are ecosystems of activity, but also rich in unique experiences, outdoor adventure and pure relaxation. ‘Come away with me O human child, to the waters and the wild’, wrote the great Irish poet WB Yeats over a century ago. The invitation still stands today in a land of crystal clear lakes, majestic...

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