The Dark Hedges, Jon Snow, White Walkers, and Daenerys Targaryen oh my!

The Dark Hedges is a place! I try to do as much research as I can when I travel, but I am never as good as I think I am.  For whatever reason, I had no idea our tour was stopping at the Dark Hedges.  Yes, it is place in North Ireland and even more …

Have you seen what Finn MacCool did at the Giants Causeway?

Finn MacCool Well according to the legend of Finn MacCool or Fionn mac Cumhaill, he is a giant.  Finn is from the Fenian Cycle in Gaelic mythology.  So our tour guide told us one of the versions. Fight So the story goes… The Scottish giant Benandonner challenged Finn.  Finn accepted the challenge to fight and …

Dún Libhse… on the beautiful coast of North Ireland… Who knew?

Dunluce Castle in Irish is Dún Libhse Who knew?  I know I did not know that my tour bus would be quickly and I say quickly stop off the side of the road to take a look at this impressive now in ruins medieval castle that is in Northern Ireland. The tour was for the Giants …

Where kings reigned… The Hill of Tara…

As I walked through the Hill of Tara I almost heard… Kings.  In historic times, 142 Kings were to have reigned here in the name of Tara.  That is a lot of kings or it is a lot of time passed.  The Lia Fáil or Stone of Destiny was the coronation stone and it here where …

Brú na Bóinne… Newgrange…

A quick stop at Howth Harbour Our tour started a bit later in the morning, which was nice, I could have a quick breakfast.  Off to the tour bus and off, we went to our first little stop, Howth Harbour.  It was nice to get a coffee and use the facilities before heading out to …

Finish the tour and have a lovely lunch in Galway…

Such a coincidence I sat next to an adorable young woman on my flight to Dublin.  She told me she lived in Galway and that she had spent the summer in Canada.  She was a nursing student and was in her third year.  Natasha.  She was full of life and energy and seemed happy to …

Breathtaking (literally), The Cliffs of Moher…

The Cliffs of Moher I am not sure what I expected.  I had seen these cliffs in movies, online, in pictures and on tourist sites.  To say I was excited to come and see these cliffs was an understatement.  Ireland is amazing.  The people, the island, the wild Atlantic way.   Taking a tour the first …

Dublin Castle… Not what you think it is…

Dublin Castle So here I am, lovers of castles and old things and much to my surprise, Dublin Castle is not the “old castle” that I just assumed.  We Americans just assume the word castle means old as dirt and tons of battles must have had here and dungeons, blood, guts and wenching.  Possibly royalty …

The Book of Kells was on Iona? Trinity College and the Book of Kells…

Ahh, the Book of Kells The Book of Kells.  It must be a book written by a monk order of the Kells?  Monks, yes, Kells, no.  My tour guide Brian was highly knowledgeable about this question and many other questions and he provided some great information.  The internet is amazing when looking stuff up and …