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What The Locals Say - Ardmore Round Tower
What The Locals Say - Ardmore Round Tower

Continuing on from the Round Tower you can stroll around the wonderful looped Cliff Walk and take in the breath-taking sea views. Along the way watch out for Fr. O’Donnell’s Well, The Lookout and the Samson wreck. All are great for an Instagram worthy photo-op! You’ll stumble across St. Declan’s Well while on this beautiful walk. This is an oasis of serenity and calm. Make sure you take time to sit and enjoy the sound of complete silence or maybe the odd wave lapping against the coast below. This is one of my favourite places in the village.

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What The Locals Say - Muckross House
What The Locals Say - Muckross House

Hi everyone, Niamh here from Niamhs_Adventure and I’m here to discuss the crown jewel in the Kingdom - Muckross House. Below is all the info you need before scratching this gorgeous house off your Scratchab...

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What The Locals Say - Boyle Abbey
What The Locals Say - Boyle Abbey

Driving into the small market town of Boyle off the main Dublin to Sligo road you can’t avoid the magnificent eye-catching arches of Boyle Abbey. This beautifully ornate stone structure was built by an order of monks called the Cistercians in 1161. The gatehouse now hosts a visitors centreand guided tours are available and highly recommended. Without the tour you will miss out on much of this fascinating history of the Abbey. Building work progressed on the Abbey up until about 1218. Now this meant that the Abbey incorporated two distinct architectural styles from this period. Consequently, the Abbey has both Romanesque as well as the later Gothic styles of arches. Just over two hours from Dublin by car Boyle Abbey makes the perfect stop off point and a good place to park up and stretch your legs for a while.

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A Guide To Visiting The Boyne Valley (And Newgrange!) From A Local Tour Guide
A Guide To Visiting The Boyne Valley (And Newgrange!) From A Local Tour Guide

The best advice I can give you is to start with the busiest sites. If you're planning on doing those three sites on the one day, begin at Newgrange as it can get quite busy and tickets are on a first come first served basis. The other two sites are not as busy and can be visited in whichever order you prefer, just keep an eye on closing times .

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What The Locals Say - Glenveagh National Park
What The Locals Say - Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh boasts several well-signposted walking trails, suitable for all levels of fitness, and even a shuttle bus from the visitors centre to the castle if you are feeling particularly lazy! No matter which route you choose, you will be amazed by the beautiful views of mountains, lakes and glens that await you at every turn. The park is home to a huge variety of wildlife, including the largest herd of red deer in Ireland, and if you’re very lucky you may even spot one of the famous Golden eagles, which were reintroduced to the area in the year 2000, having previously been extinct in Ireland.

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Scrabo Tower, County Down
What The Locals Say - Scrabo Tower

Scrabo tower was built in 1857 and is situated at the top of Scrabo Hill, just outside of Newtownards. It is approximately a 10-minute walk from the Scrabo Car Park. The tower overlooks Strangford Lough and the whole of the Ards Peninsula. From the top, you have views of the Ulster Flying Club runways and on a good day Scotland can be visible. The Tower itself hosts an exhibition, kids’ activities and a video on the history of the Tower.

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What The Locals Say - Hook Lighthouse
What The Locals Say - Hook Lighthouse

In the south east of Ireland standing alone among the rocks lies one of the oldest functional lighthouses in the world today. Hook Lighthouse is on the hook peninsula on the south coast of county Wexford and has been alerting sea fares to the dangers of the coast line for an incredible 800 years. Originally built by renowned Knight William Marshal, Hook Lighthouse has a long tradition in all things maritime from the original build, to the monk’s settlement through to the high times of sea trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centauries the hook is well worth a visit. I took the family for a day out and this is what we discovered.

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What The Local Say - Doneraile Wildlife Park
What The Local Say - Doneraile Wildlife Park

Once you've gotten those steps in, it's always lovely to stop by the tea room in the main house. They have a beautiful courtyard with seats out the front that are exactly what you need after your walk.  If it's something more substantial you're after, then there's a lovely country house called Springfort Hall that's a 5 minute drive away.It's a family run hotel and the owners take great pride in it.You can choose between bar food and a formal dinner, with most food sourced from local suppliers. The flourless chocolate brownie is to die for!

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What The Locals Say - The Book Of Kells
What The Locals Say - The Book Of Kells

A foreigner in Dublin, Jo initially came to the city for a university exchange, not knowing anything in general about Ireland or Dublin in particular (to tell you the truth, she didn’t even know what Guinnes...

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What The Locals Say - Kilmainham Gaol
What The Locals Say - Kilmainham Gaol

Our next blog is written by Sam from Dublin. He's 23 and studying to be an accountant. Planning on visiting Ireland? There is one spot in the depths of Dublin that is an absolute must-visit during your time ...

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Guinness Store House, St James' Gate, Dublin
What The Locals Say - The Guinness Storehouse

From there you can make your way up the pedestrian shopping hub of Grafton Street and into the beautiful public park of St. Stephen’s Green. Temple Bar, the city’s most popular party hub is also closeby, with the bars filled with music and ‘craic’ every day and night. While this is well worth taking in, I’d also recommend venturing to some older Dublin establishments around the city centre to enjoy live traditional Irish (‘trad’) music from local talent, along with great Guinness served by an expert local barman.

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What The Locals Say - Kennedy Homestead
What The Locals Say - Kennedy Homestead

The Kennedy Homestead and farm is the birthplace of John F Kennedy’s Great Grandfather and details the history of many generations of the Kennedy Family. When President Kennedy came to Ireland in 1963 he visited the Family Homestead to meet his cousins. The farm here is still farmed today by the descendants of the Kennedy family. There are lots of photographs, historical artefacts, audio-visual presentations and other pieces of memorabilia relating both to JF Kennedy as well as his extended family, both in Ireland and America. Expert guided tours, ample parking, souvenir and coffee shop and picnic facilities are available and it is open 7 days a week. Online booking is possible, but not a requirement and adult admission is €7.50, with discounts available for students/children/OAPs/groups. The Homestead is located about 15 minutes from the town of New Ross, but please do not be put off by the narrow, unmarked country roads! I would recommend this to everyone, it is suitable for families, couples, old and young.K

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