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Top Five Western Ireland Stops on the Wild Atlantic Way

The longest and now the best known coastal touring route in Ireland, the Wild Atlantic Way is perhaps the best way to take in the scenic beauty of Ireland. Covering over 2500 kilometres and passing through 9 Irish counties it takes visitors through some of the most beautiful sights in the country. And the most stunning section of the Wild Atlantic Way may be the route through the middle western counties, Mayo and Galway. Book into a comfortable budget hotel like the Travelodge in Galway as the end point of your travel plans and pinpoint the following five highlights of the rugged beauty of Mayo and Galway along the wild Atlantic.

Westport

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The beginning point on this tour of five Wild Atlantic Way highlights is the charming and beautifully preserved heritage town of Westport. Dominated by Westport House, whose owners, the Brownes, created the town in their own image back in the 18th century, Westport is an elegant and intact Georgian treasure trove that manages to keep its old world charm while not feeling old fashioned. There is a terrific mixture of welcoming cafés, top class restaurants and pubs that host some of Ireland’s best traditional musicians and singers on a nightly basis. It’s a great place to relax and cut loose after a hard day’s travelling.

Croagh Patrick

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You don’t have to go far from Westport to get a very different perspective on the Mayo coastline and get splendid views of Clew Bay. The ancient and holy mountain of Croagh Patrick is well worth the slight detour off the Wild Atlantic Way but it isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a good three and a half hours to the mountain top but the view at the end of exertions is memorable with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and the parcel of islands lying out on Clew Bay. On the way up, the perfect spot to catch your breath and gain some historical perspective is at the National Famine Monument which commemorates the catastrophe of the Great Famine in Ireland in the 19th century.

Killary Harbour

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There are only three fjords in Ireland and Killary Harbour is the only one on the Wild Atlantic Way. And its unique wild beauty makes this a must stop on your route. Killary Harbour actually forms the border between Mayo and County Galway and its very deep and very sheltered anchorage on Ireland’s western coastline make it ideal for shellfish farming. It extends in some 16 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean to Aasleagh. The amazing contrast between the deep water and Mweelrea, the highest mountain in the province of Connacht well as the Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains to the south make this a simply majestic experience. It’s well worth taking a boat trip around the fjord to get the full benefit of this unique location. If you have time you can also take a guided walk along the banks of the fjord along the Famine Trail.

Letterfrack to Roundstone

Moving now into County Galway, the next highlight isn’t a destination in itself but a journey, the road from Letterfrack to Roundstone. Follow the switchback roads back and forth around a lake-dominated landscape and you can really see why this land has inspired so many local legends of evil spirits and monsters. This is pretty and pretty intimidating, starkly beautiful countryside. Passing though Clifden the traveller on the Wild Atlantic Way comes onto Derrigimlagh bog where Alcock and Brown landed after their plane crossed the Atlantic for the first time and where Marconi established the first ever commercial transatlantic wireless station. And you can see why as the next stop really is America.

The Aran Islands

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You simply can’t do this part of the Wild Atlantic Way and not visit the Aran Islands. If you want a glimpse back into the past of Irish traditional life then get yourself to Rossaveal and onto a ferry across to Inis Mór, Inis Meáin or Inis Oírr. These three Aran Islands are the best place to enjoy traditional Irish culture, the Irish language, traditional crafts and especially traditional music at a slow but steady pace. There’s plenty to see alongside that traditional culture with Dun Aengus prehistoric fort, ancient monuments and church ruins giving the islands a unique air of mystery and timelessness. The views of the Irish coastline are dramatic and even in the summer the visitor gets a real sense of the hardiness required to live in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean throughout the storm-tossed year.

JustFly Explores Skellig Michael: From A Galaxy Far, Far Away To Today

Lately, many people have been talking about Skellig Michael. While this small island, which lies off the coast of County Kerry in Ireland, was previously known for its impressive ruins and natural beauty, today it gets a lot of press for being a major filming site for Star Wars Episode VIII.

Skellig Michael, beehive cells and Small Skellig

Skelling Michael, beehive cells and Small Skelling by Arian Zwegers

As I write this, on May 4th (Otherwise known as Star Wars day), I decided I wanted to take a longer look at this island and look into its history. To do that, I spoke with JustFly, an online travel agency that not only understands travel, but has seen an uptick in interest in the region thanks to its ties to the mega-popular franchise.[/caption]

Famous as the site of a monastery, the first reference to the island dates back potentially to the 8th or 9th century when, as legend puts it, the island served as both a burial place and place of exile for ancient kings and royalty from the region. While this is recorded in ancient texts, it cannot be said for sure that these events took place. The exact date of the founding of the monastery itself is not even known, with some texts referencing the 8th century and others suggesting earlier dates in the 6th century. While knowledge regarding the history of the island could be considered unreliable, the consensus thought is that the monastery was built and founded somewhere between the 6th and 8th century by Saint Fionán.

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Skellig Michael by Don Richards

The monastic site, according to JustFly’s review, sits roughly 600 feet above sea level and contains six beehive cells, two oratories, and various stone crosses and monuments. Later, Skellig Michael also hosted a medieval church. The construction itself is in corbel style. This style incorporates arch work to support roofs and structures. Likewise, the monastery, due to its isolation, had purpose built water filtration systems and gardens with the odd helping of fish, birds, and eggs filling in the dietary gaps. The monastery was consecrated in the name of Saint Michael sometime between year 950 and 1044 and remained occupied until the 12th or 13th century.

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Skellig Michael by Chad Husby

After its time as a monastic site came to an end, the island was purchased by Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port of Dublin in the 1820’s and lighthouses were soon erected on the Atlantic side of the island. It was then bought by The Office Of Public Works in the 1880s with the exception of the lighthouses. In the years that followed it became a popular location for film and documentary shoots and was named a World Heritage Site in 1996. It was even featured in a popular video game.

Why You Should Spend New Year’s Eve in Dublin, Ireland

There’s plenty going on for Dublin New Year’s Eve. NYF Dublin is a three day festival running from 30 December 2014 to 1 January 2015.

The Procession of Light starts at Dublin Castle at 6.30pm on 31 January.

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It then winds its way through Temple Bar with the finale at St Stephen’s Green.

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Dublin based rock band Kodaline and Irish singer/songwriter James Vincent McMorrow are the headline acts at the Countdown Concert at College Green on 31 December.

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Kodaline by Mary

The NYF Music Trail features gigs such as La Galaxie at Meeting House Square and Dublin Gospel Choir at Christ Church, as well as Pop Up Live Music sessions at various venues.

If you’re feeling peckish, there’s the NYF Food Village at Dublin Castle.

Several of Dublin’s landmarks, including Trinity College and the Sir John Grey Statue, will act as screens for 3D light projections, during the Luminosity event.

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The NYF Art Trail offers talks, guided tours and showcases the work of both new and established artists, at venues including the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Green on Red Gallery.

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Irish Museum of Modern Art by William Murphy

You can get special NYF discounts for the attractions along the recently launched Dublin Discovery Trails. You can choose between self guided walking tours, such as ‘The Story of Dublin’ and ‘Rebellion’, which is about the 1916 Easter Uprising (the General Post Office building pictured below was the HQ for the leaders of the Uprising).

Main post office Dublin

On 1 January 2015, you can join in Resolution Day activities. There’s a Fun Run starting from Dublin Castle at 12 noon and exercise classes in parks around the city.

WW1 Events in Ireland

With the centenary of the First World War approaching, the nations that fought in the war are commemorating the event in different ways, from special museum exhibits, new monuments and services of commemoration. Although the Republic of Ireland didn’t exist at the time, many Irish soldiers fought in the British army during the conflict. Around 200,000 Irishmen fought in the conflict, with over 30,000 casualties.

Irish WW1 Recruitment Poster

Irish WW1 Recruitment Poster

Events commemorating the nation’s involvement in WW1 include a centenary commemorative event at the Athy Heritage Centre, with special exhibits of wartime artefacts, contemporary film, lectures on local involvement in the war and a living history display. In Dublin, the Dublin City Archives, together with the Dublin and Irish Collections, are staging a large exhibition of letters and postcards from the Great War. These events will focus in particular on the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, which took part in some of war’s fiercest battles.

Irish War Memorial Gardens

Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Another Dublin event will be the unveiling of a “Cross of Sacrifice” at Glasnevin Cemetery. Erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the cross will be an addition to the cemetery’s existing memorial walls, which honour the Irish soldiers who died in the Great War. The unveiling of the Cross will take place on July 31st with both Irish and British representatives participating.

The main events will be in Dublin, only a short ferry journey from Britain, either direct or via Dun Laoghaire, making this an ideal opportunity to learn about a different side of First World War history, while staying within easy reach of home. Travelling by ship is a good way to relax, offering competitive prices for the trip to Ireland, either as a foot passenger or taking over your own car.

For many Irish people, and Dubliners in particular, the war years are associated not only with the European conflict but with Ireland’s struggle for independence from Britain. The Easter Rising of 1916 was a short-lived revolt against British rule that has become a symbol of Irish national history. The Georgian General Post Office Building in O’Connell Street was the centre of the fighting, and is now a must-see for history lovers visiting Dublin.

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General Post Office Building in O’Connell Street Dublin

Compared to other countries, Ireland’s commemorations of the Great War will be fairly low-key. Ireland was not a scene of fighting, and some ambivalence remains about the nation’s role in the conflict. However, Ireland’s wartime history is no less interesting for being little-known, and the new centenary exhibits and events will give viewers the chance to see the period from a new perspective.

10 Things to Do in County Cork, Ireland

County Cork is a beautiful part of Ireland. Located in the south-west corner of the country, it’s a large county and the city of Cork is the second largest city in Ireland after Dublin. There are plenty of things to do in Cork City and County; here are are out ten suggestions.

Blarney Castle

The most famous sightseeing spot in Cork is Blarney Castle. This castle is, of course, home to the Blarney Stone, and legend has it that if you kiss this stone (a feat achieved lowering yourself upside-down towards it) then you’ll be blessed with “the gift of the gab”.

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Kissing the Blarney Stone by SowersPics

Bantry House

Located in a beautiful spot on the shore of Bantry Bay, the sightseeing attraction of Bantry House is a historic Georgian building, dating back to 1700. Restoration work over the past couple of decades has kept it an impressive spot to see and the gardens are particularly worth seeing.

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Bantry House Gardens by Olivier Bruchez

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Nine Things to Do in County Waterford, Ireland

Here are our tips for things to do in County Waterford. Located on the south-east coast of Ireland, the county is named after the city of Waterford, said to have been founded around 900 AD by Vikings. Waterford is one of the oldest cities in Ireland and the area has plenty to offer visitors.

The New Waterford Crystal Factory

Wateford Crystal Factory by Irish Fireside. More pictures by Irishfireside here.

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Explore Waterford City

If you’re looking for history, Waterford city is a great place to start. The early founding of the city has left remains ranging from the Viking Age to the 18th and 19th centuries, including Christ Church Cathedral and the city wall.  Along with the historical walking tours, the city also is home to several museums.  Check out the newly restored Bishop’s Palace, scheduled to open June 23rd, 2011 or the Viking exhibition at Reginald’s Tower.

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Take a Glimpse Back to Pre-Historic Times

Like much of Ireland, the pre-historic remnants of the Irish people are preserved today in Co. Waterford.  Click in on Co. Waterford’s website to see a list of the numerous megalithic tombs, ogham stones, even promontory forts to choose from.  The Gaulstown portal tomb, as well as the Harrison megalithic tomb, are both well-known.

Buy Some Waterford Crystal

No trip to Co. Waterford is complete without a trip to the House of Waterford Crystal. A factory tour will allow you to see the entire process from the moulding to the blowing to the final production. It’s an impressive experience and one that will allow you to appreciate the craftsmanship of the world renowned crystal. Plus, you can get a little shopping done.

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Attend the Spraoi Festival

The Spraoi Festival taking place every late July/early August during the bank holiday (this year from July 29th to 31st) is an international street fair held in the city of Waterford.  Art, music, food, and a large parade dominate the weekend.  If you’ve got children, this is a great way to spend the long weekend.

Check Out the Copper Coast

This beautiful, but rugged, coastline was designated a UNESCO Global Geopark and is the only Global Geopark in Ireland.  The Copper Coast blends the natural science with a sense of tourism, offering up the beautiful landscape as a tourist destination.  There are several villages along the coast to visit including Annestown and Boatstrand.

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Hike at Kilmacthomas

If you’re looking for a little exercise while outdoors, head over to the hike near the village of Kilmacthomas.  There are plenty of hiking opportunities throughout the mountain range, and the effects of the Ice Age have left an impressive glacial fingerprint.  The highest peak reaches nearly 800 meters.

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Take a Scenic Drive

If you’ve decided to rent a car and brave the Irish roads (and for some of us that means driving on the opposite side of the road) there are several scenic routes to take.  The Copper Coast and Comeragh Mountains above are wonderful options, as well as the Gaeltacht & Galltacht Drive offering a look at the Irish speaking areas of Co. Waterford.

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Trace Your Roots at Waterford Heritage Genealogical Centre

No travel tip guide to any county in Ireland is complete without mentioning the genealogical opportunities.  Co. Waterford is no different.  If you have been lucky enough to trace your ancestors this far, head over to the Genealogical Centre at Waterford Heritage Genealogical Centre.  The center offers genealogical services, lectures, and even walking tours.

Delight Your Tastebuds at the Waterford Festival of Food

If you’re hoping to experience the culinary heritage of Ireland, be sure to attend the Waterford Festival of Food in Dungarvan.  The festival offers a variety of events, some free, some requiring tickets.  There are several tasting, educational, and musical options to choose from including what the festival has dubbed “fringe events.” Fringe events are all those activities being hosted by local restaurants and businesses in and around Dungarvan.

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Best of Dublin Tips

There are plenty of great things to do in Dublin, and they don’t all involve drinking Guinness! Like many Australians, I’ve got a decent chunk of Irish blood in me (my grandmother was a Murphy) and I’m sure that’s why places like Dublin are so attractive to me. I’ve compiled some of the best tips we’ve had on Europe a la Carte to help you plan your trip to Dublin. The Irish capital is featured in our best European cities to visit post.

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Dublin Post Office and Spire

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Dublinia houses an interactive history of Dublin during the age of the Vikings and Medieval times. Marcus visited and suggested it would be an especially good outing for families with children.

Next to Dublinia is the beautiful Christ Church Cathedral. It’s the oldest building in Dublin (dating back to the 11th century) and you can get a combined ticket with Dublinia if you want to save some money.

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Christ Church Cathedral by Marcus Cederstrom

I’m always a fan of libraries and was pleased to hear that Karen particularly liked the Chester Beatty Library on her trip to Dublin. It is situated inside the gardens of Dublin Castle (another great place to visit!) and it’s one of Dublin’s free attractions.


Chester Beatty Library

Karen’s favourite Dublin sculpture was Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy Fame.

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Phill Lynott sculpture in Dublin

My personal tip for something to do in Dublin is to head to the Dublin Writers Museum – obviously Ireland is home to many famous authors and this museum showcases the lives and literature of writers such as George Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

Tours in Dublin

For many travellers, visiting Dublin is synonymous with drinking Guinness, and Marcus decided to tour the home of Guinness in Dublin. The tour goes through the Guinness Storehouse and basically covers the history of Guinness (but unfortunately doesn’t show the brewing in progress) – but the highlight comes at the end when all tour participants receive a freshly brewed pint of Guinness.

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St James Gate Brewery by Marcus Cederstrom

There are numerous different walking tours to take around Dublin. Marcus took a free walking tour (tips appreciated of course) with a New Europe Tour guide and was impressed that they really ran the tours no matter what the weather, and he considered it a good basic introduction to the city’s sights if you hadn’t been to Dublin before.

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Trinity College Dublin

Karen went on the “Original Tour” with a Historic Walking Tours of Dublin guide which cost 12 Euros at the time, but seemed to be well worth it. It takes in sightseeing spots like Old Parliament House, Trinity College, Temple Bar, City Hall and so on and lasts about two hours.

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Dublin Ghost Bus Tour by Lindsay Sydenham

For a tour of a rather different kind, you might try the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour. Lindsay took the tour and found it a little more on the silly side than the scary side, but said it was actually a fun way to learn about some of Dublin’s history in a completely different way.

Shopping and Eating in Dublin

Karen has some excellent tips on where to shop in Dublin in her unique shopping venues in Dublin post from her last trip there. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre sounds lovely, as does the Powerscourt Centre, built around an 18th century mansion.

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Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre

If you’re looking for a good meal, Karen also wrote up reviews of a couple of good restaurants, including Bewley’s Cafe and Restaurant in Grafton Street and the Church Cafe and Bar near the Jervis Shopping Centre. This photo of the Church’s Irish stew is making me hungry!

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Irish stew and soda bread

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On her last trip to Dublin, Karen stayed at the Arlington Hotel near O’Connell Bridge, which has a very central location and friendly staff.

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Arlington Hotel entrance

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Ten Tips for Things to Do in County Donegal, Ireland

Here are our tips for things to do in County Donegal, the northernmost county in Ireland.  Which might not sound all that interesting until you realize that parts of Co. Donegal are actually north of Northern Ireland. Aside from just a small strip of border touching Co. Leitrim, you’ll technically have to go through the United Kingdom to get there.

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Trace your roots at the Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum

Because of the many eras of emigration from Ireland, many people return to explore their Irish roots. The Glencolmcille Folk Village Museum is a great place to get a window into the world that so many left behind while also exploring the world that has shaped current day Ireland.

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Travel back to the Iron Age at Griana an Aileach

Stay at the town of Burt and visit the nearby Iron Age ring fort, Grianan an Aileach. Sitting atop a hill, the fort looks out over Co. Donegal and offers views that are hard to beat. The area was most likely once a seat of power and culture in ancient Ireland. Today, it is one of those ancient ruins that just shouldn’t be missed.

Grianan an Aileach by Steve Cadham

Visit Donegal Castle

Take a guided tour at the 15th century Donegal Castle in Donegal Town. There is a small fee to visit the castle, but the castle has been nearly completely restored and is well worth the entrance fee.

Things to do Donegal

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Learn to speak Irish

Learn Irish at the Oideas Gael Language camp. For over 25 years, the camp has been offering education in both the Irish language as well as Irish culture for adults. While the course does not necessarily come cheap, it offers a unique opportunity to learn the Irish language in one of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes.

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Spectate at the Donegal Car Rally

Enjoy (from a safe distance) the Donegal International Car Rally.  On the third weekend of June, the three day event brings rally fans from around the world to the competition. The course winds through breathtaking scenery and offers world class racing.

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Explore the region on foot or bike

People from around Ireland and Europe flock to Co. Donegal for the nature. With good reason. So go for a walk or go cycling. Anywhere. The countryside is beautiful so get out there and explore.  You can head off on your own, either having rented a bike or by foot, but be sure to head out there.

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Go swimming or surfing

Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland, Co. Donegal has plenty of white sandy beaches to choose from. Bundoran is a great place to enjoy the sea as well as get a little surfing in.

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Go Diving

Not only can you go swimming, but you can even go diving.  Mevagh Diving Center offers dives for all experience levels as well as dives to various wrecks and plenty of scenic dives. They are a PADI 5 Star certified dive center and the only dive center in Co. Donegal.  They’ll even take you diving every single day of the year.  Although, unless you’re braver than me, diving in December, that far north is better left to others.

Explore Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park offers guided walks with park rangers throughout the year, although booking is essential. The lakes, forests, and mountainous areas offers a beautiful countryside and the park prides itself on its ongoing efforts to reintroduce the Golden Eagle which was classified as extinct in the area in 1912.

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Admire the views from Slieve League

And finally, go to the Slieve League. The sea cliffs are actually much higher than the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare and due to the lack of notoriety you’ll find fewer people swarming the cliffs.  As always though, be safe!

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The Aran Islands of Ireland

New Year’s Eve is coming up and there are plenty of exciting things to explore in Europe.  I love watching the fireworks throughout the city of Stockholm for example.  But it’s also the middle of winter, and sometimes it is nice to remember that beyond the dark and the cold, summer is out there.  Somewhere.

That’s why it’s time to take a trip to the Aran Islands off the coast of Ireland.  Ireland isn’t always known for its sunny disposition, but I got lucky.  And when looking back at pictures, that shining sun sure makes the memories a little bit sweeter.

We took a beautiful ferry ride out to Inishmore, one of the three Aran Islands (no cars are allowed to make the trip).  The islands rely heavily on tourism now, and upon arrival we were overwhelmed by choices in transportation. There were horse drawn buggies, bicycles, even vans, all offering to take us around the island.  With my grandfather’s bad hip, we opted for a van and a leisurely tour of the island.  It was well worth it.  The little titbits from our tour guide (like the town gossip about who was recently pulled over by the police and the newcomer from Boston) and the love and respect for the island made for an unforgettable trip.

Not only that, but along the way we were able to tour Teampull Bheanáin, a Celtic church from the 11th century so small that my wingspan was large enough to touch both walls.  The highlight though may have been Dún Aonghasa, an Iron Age ring fort that sits high atop a hill on Inishmore and looks out over the water.  It is an impressive display of power and history.

The Aran Islands are known in knitting circles for the Aran Island sweater, their walls, and the fact that Irish is still the main language used.  In fact, many people head to the islands to learn Irish.  But it was not these that attracted me, it was the history and the ruins that still stand today.  With winter creeping by, it’s time to start planning for those European destinations.  Make sure the Aran Islands make your list.

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Catching up with the Vikings in Dublin

Dublin is a Viking town.  Or was a Viking town at least.  It’s an impressive history that dates back over a thousand years and involves Viking settlers (or marauders depending on whom you ask) and Irish heroes (or villains, depending on whom you ask).

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Dublinia

Dublinia, the Viking and Medieval museum in Dublin explains this very history.  Despite my love of nearly all things Scandinavian, I did not set out to visit Dublinia.  In fact, I set out to visit Christ Church Cathedral and a mummified cat and rat.  Lucky for me, the two are connected by a foot bridge and a combined ticket price.  Just 11 EUR for adults and 8.50 EUR for students.

I’m a sucker for Vikings and thought it just as well to check out both.  And I did.  And quickly realized that, while an impressive museum in its own right, much of the museum was geared towards a younger audience.  And I’m getting old.  Had I been about 12 or a little younger, this would have been right up my alley.

The museum has quite a few different exhibitions focusing on everything from the history of the Viking Age to the archeology of it.  There are even a few people wandering around in period clothing.  And, to top it all off, there is a medieval game room.  I’ll be honest; this was the part that, despite my earlier complaint about getting old, kept my attention the longest.

Mummified cat & rat at Christ Church Cathedral

As I mentioned, it sometimes seems like it is catering to children rather than adults, but all in all, Dublinia offers a really good overview of the history of the Vikings in Dublin.  If you have kids and are planning a trip to the Irish capital, Dublinia would be a great thing to do in Dublin.  You can admire the architecture of Christ Church Cathedral as the kids marvel at the mummified cat and rat, then head over to Dublinia and enjoy the medieval game room and the Viking past of Ireland.

Best of Dublin Tips

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