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  • Phoenix Park History and Trivia

    As part of our Irish Icons series, we’re taking a look at Phoenix Park, an oasis of calm and nature in Dublin and one of the biggest city parks in Europe. Across its 1,752 acres, visitors go to Phoenix park for Dublin Zoo, horse riding, polo, cricket, organised model airplane flying, running and rock concerts […]

  • Ireland’s Best Paved Walks

    Irish weather might not always be perfect, but our climate is great. In other words, while it can get damp or chilly, it rarely gets too hot or too cold to venture outdoors. This changeable, relatively mild weather also means that we have a rich, wild and beautiful landscape. Unfortunately, it also brings muddy, slippery […]

  • Dublin’s Best Mountain and Hill Walks

    Not many capital cities offer such easy access to the countryside, but Dublin residents are often just minutes away from some incredibly beautiful hills and mountains Here are some of our favourites, from the handy loop trails to places of historical interest to the most epic views. Looped Walks Dalkey and Killiney Hill Killiney attracts […]

  • Tips for Winter Walks

    We love winter walks. The air is fresh, many trees and plants take on a beautiful new appearance, and the sunlight and exercise can keep the winter blues away Here, we’ll take a look at some charming trails suited to winter walking, and then give tips on how to take the best pictures and keep […]

  • History of Benbulben

    History of Ireland’s Icons Part One: Benbulbin Benbulbin (sometimes spelled Benbulben) looms large over its native Sligo. It feels perennial, like it has always been and always will be. And it has been in and out of national news and historical events since its formation those thousands of years ago. It is, like much of […]

  • Irish Scary Sites Volume 3: Haunted Houses and Spooky Ruins

    Irish history could comfortably be described as “eventful”. In fact, “tragic,” “dramatic” and “gothic” would also frequently apply Combine our eventful past with our powerful weather, inspiring landscapes and then our love of storytelling, and it’s no surprise that we have a disproportionate number of ghost stories and spooky sites. Halloween is a perfect time […]

  • Ireland’s Best Family Nature Walks

    Nature walks are a great opportunity to connect with our ecosystem. Books can only bring you so far, and sometimes you need to get hands-on and down and dirty to truly experience nature Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or an eager student, autumn is an especially good time for nature walks: kids are back […]

  • Best Places to Watch the Leaves Change

    There’s a simple thing that Irish people often miss when they move abroad – seasons Watching plants transform to dramatic shades of red, brown and yellow, before disappearing and returning, is magical, eternal and reassuring. Those of you with long memories might remember the term “deciduous” from primary school. Deciduous, as opposed to evergreen trees, […]

  • Ireland’s Best Coastal Walks

    We are drawn to the ocean. It attracts countless walkers, hikers and holidaymakers with its sirens’ call of rolling waves, the mist of its spray and the unmistakable smell of the sea. A sea view has a therapeutic quality, and coupled with gentle exercise, it’s irresistible. For those of us lucky enough to live on […]

  • Ireland’s Best Botanic Walks

    While we might not always appreciate it, one of the best things about living in Ireland is seasonal change This little country is packed with literally thousands of species of plants that are constantly in flux; blooming in spring, resplendent in summer, wilting in autumn and sleeping in winter. Ireland’s maritime climate allows for a […]

  • Ireland’s Best Lake and Lough Walks

    Lakes have been helping people for as long as there have been lakes and people The still, calming bodies of water have an immensely therapeutic effect on everyone who beholds them, which might be why lakes have inspired endless reams of poetry and mythology over the centuries. In Ireland, your lake-related needs will be met. […]

  • Ireland’s Best Places for Dog Walking

    People in Ireland love their dogs, and those dogs love their owners right back. Why wouldn’t they? With an enviable amount of forests, hills and fields to explore, Ireland can feel like one big park. Living rooms across the land are peppered and sprayed with dog footprints of sand, mud and more, as humans and […]