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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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Our Guide To Ireland's Most Visited Free Attractions in 2018
Our Guide To Ireland's Most Visited Free Attractions in 2018

Failte Ireland has recently released the visitor numbers for Ireland's top 10 most visited paid and free attractions in 2018. Here are the top 10 most visited free attractions in 2018 (and their visitor numb...

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Our Guide To Ireland's Most Visited Paid Attractions in 2018
Our Guide To Ireland's Most Visited Paid Attractions in 2018

Failte Ireland have just published the visitor numbers for Irelands most visited attractions in 2018. 7 of the top 10 paid attractions feature on Scratchable Map Ireland. We'd have had all of the top 10 if D...

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6 Things You Should Know About Visiting Blarney Castle
6 Things You Should Know About Visiting Blarney Castle

The Grounds There is a lot more to Blarney Castle and Gardens than the name suggests. The grounds contain acres upon acres of fields, forests, gardens and waterways. It's hard to know where to start. Blarney House was built in 1874 and is the current home of the Colthurst family. It is open to the public 60 days of the year. Their walled gardens are closed to visitors. Walks The shortest walk - The Riverside Walk - runs alongside the River Blarney and takes around 20 minutes. Walk the Forest Trail and see the waterfall, witches kitchen, druids cave and dolmen among other things. The longer Woodland Walk takes about 90 minutes. It takes in the lake, the icehouse, the fern garden and the bee observatory where Blarney Honey is produced.

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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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9 Paid Irish Attractions That You Can Visit For Free
9 Paid Irish Attractions That You Can Visit For Free

Did you know that many of the OPW managed Heritages Sites are free on the first Wednesday of every month? Here are 9 Heritage Sites on Scratchable Map Ireland, that you can visit for free.

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Should I Buy A Heritage Card?
Should I Buy A Heritage Card?

The short answer is yes!  Let's find out a little more about the O.P.W. Heritage Sites and the Heritage Card. First of all - What is a heritage card? A heritage card allows free entry into all of the paid O....

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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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