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On Dublin’s Doorstep

Whilst Ireland’s capital may be famous for it’s pubs, the city has so much more to offer in terms of culture, history and extraordinary sights. For many people, a trip to Dublin often involves hopping from one Irish pub to the next and whilst that is certainly a lot of fun, it is worth noting that there are so many other fantastic places to visit. Below we’ve shared some of our favourites.

Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle is easily one of the most recognisable buildings in Ireland. The stone castle was built by William the Earl Marshall and completed in 1213. The square-shaped castle has towers at each corner, though today only three of these four towers remain. The Butler family bought Kilkenny Castle in 1391. They were a remarkable family, made up of Earls, Marquesses and Dukes and generations lived there for over five hundred years.

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How to spend four days in the North of England

Whether you live in the UK and are planning a ‘stay-cation’ this year or are travelling from elsewhere to visit the Great British Isles, we highly recommend spending a few days in the North of England. In just four days you can explore medieval castles, learn literary heritage and taste some of the locals’ finest cuisine. Here we show you how…

Day 1: Liverpool
The best place to start your tour of the North of England is in Liverpool, home of The Beatles and one of the country’s biggest Premiership football clubs. Liverpool is an extremely friendly and welcoming city, with something to offer everyone. We highly recommend taking a tour of the Albert Dock (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and popping along to The Beatles Story museum. Whether you are a fan of The Beatles or not, this will certainly make for an interesting afternoon.albert_dock_liverpool256

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 Route

A scenic tour along the North Coast 500 route through Wester Ross, Assynt, Sutherland, Caithness and Easter Ross.

Uncover 500 miles of stunning scenery and fascinating history in the North Highlands along the iconic North Coast 500 route, which is set to become Scotland’s answer to the USA’s Route 66 and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Looking over forestry to Upper Loch Torridon to snowy mountains beyond, Wester Ross & Cromarty, Highlands

Looking over forestry to Upper Loch Torridon to snowy mountains beyond, Wester Ross & Cromarty, Highlands

This 500 mile journey of a lifetime boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe – wild mountains and lochs, foaming salmon rivers, rugged coastlines with mighty sea cliffs and secluded sandy bays, traditional crofts and large farms, fishing villages and bustling towns and a fine selection of visitor attractions. In fact Travel Now magazine has placed the North Coast 500 route in fifth place in a list of ‘six of the best’ coast road trips on the planet. Check out our page.

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Aberdeen & the Highlands – Superb Golfing Experiences & So Much More

The Highlands of Scotland are a huge draw for people who love large, wide open spaces where the skies seem to go on forever and for many, these often windswept northern lands represent all that is typically and traditionally Scottish. Aberdeen is a fascinating city – often referred to as the “granite city”, it boasts being the hub of the land’s oil industry but it is also one of the best golfing destinations in the country boasting links that date as far back as the 16th century with the Royal Aberdeen being the sixth oldest golf club in the world.

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An adventure holiday in Scotland

If your version of the perfect getaway involves adrenaline-pumping sports like white-water rafting and rock climbing or exploring majestic landscapes on your mountain bike, then you are sure to love Scotland and everything it has to offer. Here we will take a look at some of the best places to visit and things you can get up to on your trip

Fife – For the Golfers
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city, head straight to Fife to start your Scottish adventure. Fife boasts a beautiful natural setting, with fascinating wildlife, quaint fishing villages and a pretty coastal path where you can take long, romantic strolls. If you are into your watersports, you’ll be pleased to here that Fife is home to some of the top sailing and water sport centres in the country.

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The Delightful and Impressive Gardens of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a dreamy place that boasts an extraordinary array of plants and superb gardens which is hardly surprising when you think this emerald isle boasts the perfect climate for a diversity of flora to thrive and flourish. There’s a lot to see in this northern part of Ireland and it’s splendid whether it’s a manicured garden or a wild hillside or moorland wilderness

Belfast City a Great Departure Point
The Botanic Gardens located in Belfast is a brilliant departure point. The gardens were designed by Charles Lanyon in 1828 and today boast being both a public park and a belfast_city_hall256gardener’s delight in every sense. The rose garden and seemingly endless herbaceous borders are just part of the floral attraction that draws visitors to these wonderfully kept garden areas.

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Historic Castles and Houses of Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful land renowned for the majestic castles and magnificent stately homes that can be seen dotted around the land. Touring this fascinating corner of the world is a thrilling experience because visitors receive such a warm welcome wherever they happen to go.
There are castles and stately homes in Ireland dating back to Norman times, there are Palladian marvels and so much more that it would take more than just one trip to the Emerald Isle to take them all in. Below are just a few of the wonderful edifices, ruins and structures that Ireland has to offer and which will definitely see you returning to these lovely shores.

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South Ireland a Green & Pleasant Land

There’s no getting away from the fact that South Ireland is a green and very pleasant land to visit. It’s a place where glorious gardens and vast green open spaces abound whether its parkland or more formally laid out areas of floral design. Organising a tour around just a few of them is a real pleasure that’s not only a festival of colour but if a visit is planned for the right time of the year it’s a sensory delight like no other.

Planning a Memorable Tour Made Easy
When it comes to planning a tour around a few of South Ireland’s floral delights, things are made a whole lot easier if you do so online. Starting an adventure in Dublin City allows for visitors to take in a little of the warm and welcoming atmosphere of this delightful region of Ireland. Getting to Dublin City is easy either by ferry or by air. On a looped tour it’s possible to take in some of the most precious and beautiful gardens and landscapes the region has to offer which includes majestic castles and magnificent abbeys with splendid photo opportunities at every turn.

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Traditional Textile Treasures of Wales

A trip to Wales is always an adventure because there is just so much to see, do and explore. There are many treasures in this lovely land with Welsh textiles featuring high on the list. If you fancy seeing “haute couture” garments once worn by celebrities the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and which are still firm favourites with Barbara Streisand, visiting the glorious design studios owned and run by Charles and Patricia Lester in Abergavenny is a must. This extraordinary outlet is renowned the world over for their designs and textiles used to create them.

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The Splendid Gardens of South Wales

Wales is a lovely area of the UK with a truly spectacular coastline but inland too, natural treasures can be found and more particularly in South Wales. This lovely region consists in the main of a coastal stretch that is a National Park. Pembrokeshire is a glorious region where garden attractions abound and which reflect so perfectly, the landscapes they are found in.
Planning a trip to South Wales to take in a few of the garden splendours the region has to offer means sitting down and organising a mega trip to the area in order to not miss out on what is on offer.

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