Stargazing at Armagh Planetarium

I remember visiting Armagh Planetarium as a child – another lifetime now. I was so impressed then, blown away by all there was to see and loved that experience of finding out more about space and the solar system. A visit to see family in Northern Ireland over half-term, we had dismal weather one afternoon so…

Silent Valley Sunday

A dull, overcast Sunday afternoon – typical Irish anytime weather – we felt we needed a walk to shake off Sunday lunch and opted for the Silent Valley, a place not far from where I grew up and where my parents used to take us for Sunday strolls. It is actually a reservoir and was built…

On The Trail of St Patrick

After our lovely Wicklow break we drove north to spend some time with my friends and family. Always nice to catch up, we always try to visit somewhere new as well. This trip was no different. I can’t really remember ever being in Downpatrick Co Down so decided to recitify that. Having read about their…

Powerscourt Waterfall

Time was ticking on when we left the gardens at Powerscourt and we feared we would have to give the waterfall a miss. Realising that it stayed open longer and later than the mansion and gardens and ascertaining it was just about a ten minute drive away suited us down to the ground. We decided…

Exploring Powerscourt

Our plan was to visit Glendalough and Powerscourt on the same day, my concern was timing and being unable to fit both in. No problems though, all worked well, we had ample time to explore and get a flavour of each of these wonderful places. It only took half an hour to drive from one to…

Exploring Glendalough

Our last day in Wicklow, we got up early and took the half hour drive from our hotel to Glendalough. Eagerly anticipated by all of us, this one time lonely place has become one of Ireland’s most popular monastic sites and we’d read and heard so much about it. It was the retreat of St…

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…