12 07, 2021

Slieve Blooms a natural wonder in the hidden heartlands

By |2021-07-13T10:20:18+00:00July 12th, 2021|Offaly, Laois, Ireland, Ireland's Ancient East|2 Comments

The Slieve Bloom mountains were a discovery. Linking the counties of Laois and Offaly, the Slieve Blooms are unspoilt, uncrowded, and seriously scenic! Seemingly, the Slieve Blooms – and the Massif Central in France – are the oldest mountains in Europe. According to SlieveBloom.ie, they were once the highest in Europe at [...]

25 06, 2021

Dunmore East Coastal Walk – dramatic cliffs, stunning scenery

By |2021-06-28T11:56:43+00:00June 25th, 2021|Waterford, Ireland, Celtic Routes, Ireland's Ancient East|0 Comments

Dunmore East Coastal Walk is a pretty special addition to Waterford’s seaside town. Now, as well as walking round this scenic little town, you get to explore the dramatic headlands as well. We visited in June when the weather was, well, misty. Outdoor dining was allowed, indoor dining was not! So, Dunmore [...]

15 06, 2021

Saltee Islands – a haven of calm and birds in Wexford

By |2021-06-28T12:00:03+00:00June 15th, 2021|Ireland, Celtic Routes, Wexford, Ireland's Ancient East|0 Comments

The Saltee Islands in Co. Wexford are a haven of calm and birds, including the island's famed puffin residents! They're a treasure hiding in plain sight, just 5km off the coast of Kilmore Quay. The bird sanctuary - home to the aforementioned puffins, along with gannets and gulls - are a magnet [...]

19 05, 2021

Fab four walking trails to explore Ireland

By |2021-05-19T14:11:56+00:00May 19th, 2021|Ireland, Northern Ireland, News, Ireland's Ancient East|0 Comments

These are just four fab walking trails to explore Ireland. With an epic coastline, stunning mountain ranges, and endless amounts of beautiful spaces, a walking holiday in  Ireland is next to unbeatable. We've got countless walking trails suited to all ranges of fitness and ability. So, you can go short or long, [...]

4 05, 2021

Kiltealy Walking Trails – a delight of birdsong, butterflies, and bygone days

By |2021-05-19T14:03:17+00:00May 4th, 2021|Ireland, Celtic Routes, Wexford, Ireland's Ancient East|2 Comments

Kiltealy Walking Trails open up a vista across Co. Wexford, across fields, past wind turbines, across to the coast. The 7.6km Cullentra trail, which takes about two hours, takes you through fields, lanes, forest pathways and is a riot of birdsong and butterflies. You'll walk up towards and around the Blackstairs [...]

10 11, 2020

Clara Vale loop walks are a woodland wonder

By |2021-05-13T12:37:39+00:00November 10th, 2020|Ireland, Celtic Routes, Wicklow, Ireland's Ancient East|0 Comments

Clara Vale loop walks are a hidden gem in Co Wicklow, nestled between Rathdrum and Laragh. We stumbled across it in October (before the lockdown, thankfully), after going across the narrowest bridge I’ve ever seen! The River Avonmore flow along on the eastern boundary of Clara Vale Nature Reserve. From the trail [...]

25 10, 2020

Accessibility struggle is wheel for Leona and Michael

By |2021-05-13T12:40:12+00:00October 25th, 2020|Ireland, People, News, Ireland's Ancient East|2 Comments

The struggle is wheel for Leona Tuck and Michael Hennessy Cullen who love walking trails – well, those they can access. After a car accident at 19, Michael has a T9 spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair to get around. Living in Co Wexford overlooking Bannow Bay, they have the Tintern [...]

9 09, 2020

Greenways – discover these walking gems

By |2021-05-13T12:43:54+00:00September 9th, 2020|Ireland, Celtic Routes, News, Ireland's Ancient East, Wild Atlantic Way|0 Comments

Ireland's greenways were a haven of sanity for many in the past year. The Covid-19 lockdown had many people discovering hiking and walking trails in their locality. Of course, we’re not the only ones to love our countryside. In 2018, three million tourists to Ireland engaged in hiking/cross country walking and cycling. [...]

7 08, 2020

Johnstown Castle – walk in the footsteps of history

By |2021-05-13T12:44:25+00:00August 7th, 2020|Ireland, Wexford, Ireland's Ancient East|0 Comments

Johnstown Castle Estate Gardens were a recent re-discovery – and they didn’t disappoint. It’s been a few years since we visited the Castle just outside Wexford town and its Irish Agricultural Museum. Even though it was a little damp on our visit – well, it rained – we still thoroughly enjoyed the [...]

17 07, 2020

Kilmore Quay and Ballyhealy Beach – wow!

By |2021-05-13T12:44:55+00:00July 17th, 2020|Ireland, Celtic Routes, Wexford, Ireland's Ancient East|2 Comments

Kilmore Quay and its iconic thatched cottages in south Wexford was the venue for a recent overnight staycation. A view of the sea, a walk on the beach and I’m a happy woman. And Kilmore Quay, nearby Ballyteige Burrow, and Ballyhealy Beach deliver all that. Kilmore Quay Kilmore Quay by night, with [...]

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