All Eyes on Ireland

Last week for St Patrick’s Day, all eyes were on Ireland.

Now that the green beer is a distant memory, you might have a leftover curiosity about the Emerald Isle. I write frequently about the capital city of Dublin and Ireland in general on this blog, and recently I’ve had a few readers asking for a round-up of my favorite articles on Ireland. So here they are, all in one place, with a little synopsis on what angle of travel to Ireland the blog covers.

If there’s any other topics you are curious about, feel free to ask in the comments box below.

Island of Trees, west of Ireland

Off the Beaten Path – Roundstone Ireland: This village on the west coast of Ireland is home to a gorgeous beach and special little restaurant. If you’re looking for quaint, and off the beaten path, check out Roundstone.

How Sweet It is – Ireland’s Sugar Loaf Mountain Palace: You don’t have to go all the way to the west of Ireland to experience the countryside. Just south of Dublin is the Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow, and a special luxury hotel: the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt.

So Much More Than We Can See: Writer Joseph O’Connor talks about spending summers in the west of Ireland in Connemara. This post brings you to the highest marine cliffs in Europe: Slieve League in County Donegal.

Cycling on the Aran Islands: One of my personal favorite posts, this blog describes a trip to the largest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Mor. A cycling journey, climbing to the top of an ancient fort, and creeping up to the edge of plunging cliffs make up this article. Check out the blue eyes on local tour guide Tony Faherty.

View from Dun Aengus in the Aran Islands

Celebrating 250 Years of Guinness: Didn’t make it to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day? You don’t have to wait another year for a major celebration to hit the Irish capital. Plan a trip for Arthur Day instead.

Dublin 101: This article answers popular questions from readers including where to stay, what to see, and where to eat. Both save and splurge options are given. Have your favorites? Share them in the comments section.

An Itinerary Just For You: Have you ever wanted a travel writer to design an itinerary just for you? This post shares my Dublin favorites, including the places I make sure to see when I return to the city.

A Sunny Saturday in Dublin: Travelers that are familiar with the offerings of Dublin City Centre might be interested in this coastal hike, between the villages of Bray and Greystones, south of Dublin.

Part of the hike from Bray to Greystones

A Fist Class Ticket to Belfast: This post describes my first proper trip to Belfast, and all the places my local tour guide brought me to. (Thanks Andrew!)

Sleeping Swans in Galway: The pictures are worth a thousand words.

I also started contributing recently to a new blog – EuropeUpClose. Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, I wrote about my experiences celebrating the holiday in Dublin over the last several years. This article starts with, ‘There’s an old joke in Dublin that says the Irish only drink one day of the year: St Patrick’s Day. The rest of the year they spend ‘practicing’ for the big day.

What’s your favorite place in Ireland?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. IrishNewYorker says:

    Love the walk between Bray and Greystones. Also love walking along the cliffs in Howth with views of mountains, north and south, Dublin and the bay. Nice pubs and restaurants too. Very nice as usual, Jessica.
    By the way, when I clicked “Add a Comment” on the post that I received, I was forwarded to your page but it said, “Not Found.” Had to comment through the Bray walk page. Enjoy the day, Jessica.

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      Thanks Charlie! Not sure what happened with the comments box.. but I’ll investigate.

  2. Ireland is so beautiful, i planned on exploring Ireland this year but sadly I`ll have to delay my vacation..

    1. Jessica Colley says:

      I agree! So many different places in Ireland to explore. Hope you get to visit soon.

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