A quick guide to Gougane Barra National Forest Park

Ireland is known for many things. Guinness, traditional music, the Cliffs of Moher but nothing more than its rugged green countryside. The nation is a haven for rural enthusiasts. It’s a huge garden floating in the Atlantic Ocean. In a land that is crammed with beauty and nature, it’s hard to choose what deserves toContinue reading “A quick guide to Gougane Barra National Forest Park”

Visit Munster in 2021

Munster is one of the 4 provinces of Ireland, located in the south of the island. In early Ireland, the Kingdom of Munster was one of the kingdoms of Gaelic Ireland ruled by a “king of over-kings”. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were divided into counties for administrative and judicial purposes.Continue reading “Visit Munster in 2021”

A day in Cork on a budget

MORNING Kickstart your morning with your daily dose of caffeine and a gut-busting full Irish breakfast at the Linen Weaver. Once you have given your stomach enough time to digest your breakfast, wander through the narrow historical alleyways of the Huguenot Quarter. Snap up some photos for some well-earned likes for your Instagram feed while listeningContinue reading “A day in Cork on a budget”

WinterRail Ireland

Many people choose to go interrailing in the hot summer months. There are many pros to traveling this time of the year, but there are also quite a few cons. For example, hotels prices can be double the price of winter, cities are packed with tourists, and the intense heat can be a bit overwhelming.Continue reading “WinterRail Ireland”

Ireland’s Orient Express

There are a few things that need to be addressed before we start. First of all Irelands Orient Express is not a train journey, it’s a bus journey. Second of all, it doesn’t serve fancy meals and have an exquisite interior. Finally, it doesn’t span 2,000 kilometers across Europe, stretching from Paris to Constantinople (Istanbul).Continue reading “Ireland’s Orient Express”

The Beara Way, Ireland’s hidden gem

WHAT IS IT? The Beara Way is a 206-kilometer tourist trail that loops around West Cork and parts of Kerry. The hike typically takes 9 days to complete. Along the way, you will experience the rugged mountainous countryside, historical sites, and the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean along the southern Irish coastline. This isContinue reading “The Beara Way, Ireland’s hidden gem”

A locals quick guide to Irelands rebel county

WHAT IS IT: The rebel county is a nickname given to the Cork region due to its numerous rebellions throughout its history. Its first recorded rebellion took place way back in June 1569 and its most notable rebellion was during the War of Independence in 1920. Cork is located in southern Ireland and it’s theContinue reading “A locals quick guide to Irelands rebel county”

A locals Guide to Irelands Ancient East

WHAT IS IT?: Irelands Ancient East is a region in Ireland where you can find Irelands most sought after historical landmarks such as Spike Island and Dublin castle. It includes 16 Irish counties stretching from Monaghan in the north to Cork in the south. While you are here you can learn about the fascinating historyContinue reading “A locals Guide to Irelands Ancient East”

My favourite castles

CARDIFF CASTLE WHERE: Cardiff, Wales. WHY I LOVE HERE: This is the only place where I experienced a castle smack bang in the centre of a city, but as you enter the grounds feels like you’re a million miles away. The original motte and bailey were built in the 11th Century, but today you canContinue reading “My favourite castles”

The best second cities to visit in Europe

10. Antwerp – Belgium’s capital of cool known as the city of diamonds is located in the Flemish region of Belgium. The old city formed by the 16th Century fortifications has many narrow, winding streets with beautiful old gothic buildings. The city centre is dominated by magnificent stone steeples and its medieval house museum. AntwerpContinue reading “The best second cities to visit in Europe”

Top 5 free things to do in Cork, Ireland

5. Elizabeth fort – This star-shaped fort was built way back in 1601. It was set up to be a defense fortification and it took on many roles throughout its historic age. It was also used as a prison, a military barracks, and in more recent times a police station. As well as experiencing theContinue reading “Top 5 free things to do in Cork, Ireland”