Staying in Wicklow

Travelling to Ireland frequently, we tend to take the ferry from Holyhead in Wales to Dublin then drive north to spend time with our friends and family. This visit we decided to shake it up a bit and do things differently. Why not spend a couple of days exploring a part of Southern Ireland we…

Touring The Crumlin Road Gaol

A flying visit to Northern Ireland to see family, we also managed to squeeze in a trip to something completely different – the Crumlin Road Gaol. Opened in 1846, around 25,000 convicts have passed through this place from then until 1999 when it closed. Amongst these were some of the most notorious prisoners involved in paramilitary violence…

Bird’s Eye View of Belfast

Back to Belfast for our last day in Ireland, we decided to do something different and check out the city from an alternative perspective high up on the Divis Ridge Trail in the Black Mountain. This mountain forms a stunning backdrop to the city, it always seems to be looming large in the background and is…

By The Coast in Donegal

The mountains of Donegal blew us away, the coast of this rugged county did not disappoint either. We made our first stop in Killybegs, Ireland’s main fishing port and a place where fishing and stunning scenery go hand in hand. Son loved checking out the enormous boats, all in immaculate condition being hosed down and…

Driving in Donegal’s Mountains

Ireland is blessed with an abundance of dramatic scenery, some of the very best – I think – is found in Donegal. We spent a couple of days exploring this, the most northerly peninsula of Ireland beginning our trip in the mountains. Such a variety of wild landscapes, breath-taking views on every turn (plenty of those too),…

Beach Combing At Warrenpoint

Feeling a bit like the Grand Old Duke of York – marching up and down that big hill to the Big Stone, we decided to stop in the nearby little town of Warrenpoint to explore and check it out. Son lobbied hard for this – he’d seen the sea from up top and felt he…

A Hike to the Big Stone

Cloughmore, or the Big Stone as the locals call it is a 30 tonne granite boulder perched on the slopes of Slieve Meen in Co. Down, one thousand feet above the village of Rostrevor. This is one of those places I wonder why we haven’t visited before, so blown away were we by the scenery…

Lighthouses and Wren’s Eggs on the Black Head Path

Having explored every nook and cranny of Carrickfergus Castle we decided to spend the afternoon walking along the shores of Belfast Lough. Son’s energy levels prior to this in abundance, were instantly depleted when the word “walk” was uttered. Persistent parents are we though so we forged ahead. Just a short drive further along the Co. Antrim…

Carrickfergus Castle

A striking feature of the landscape from land, sea and air Carrickfergus Castle represents over 800 years of military might. Having driven past it on numerous occasions and even spied it from the ferry as we sailed down out of Belfast Lough, this visit I determined we would finally discover what lay behind those imposing…

In Dublin’s Fair City

Leprechauns all done – or so we thought until we bumped into this chap, we spent the rest of our afternoon strolling around Dublin taking in the sights and sounds of this lively and historic city. Most of the main sights are situated in a comparatively small area so walking is a breeze. We headed…