An Afternoon At Avoca

After a perfect walk at Brittas Bay we drove inland, destination being the little village of Avoca. This tiny place rose to fame in the BBC series Ballykissangel. I have to say we never watched this and it has been years since the show was axed, the fame of Avoca though still lingers and draws…

Beautiful Brittas Bay

After a morning spent exploring the creepy and spooky Wicklow Gaol and all its enclosing walls, we felt some wide open spaces and a breath of sea air was what was needed for the afternoon – Brittas Bay delivered on all counts. Just about twenty minutes drive from Wicklow town and very easy to find,…

Wicklow’s Spooky Gaol

Wicklow’s historic jail was only a thirty minute drive from our hotel. The literature made it sound great and interesting at the same time, we decided this was a must see. Right in the centre of Wicklow town, we found it relatively easily – we paid our 8 Euro each for Husband and me and…

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…