Category: Travel Tales

Ireland: Gleniff Horseshoe and a Grave

While hiking Slieve League the day before our guide, Barry, suggested that we should drive through the Gleniff Horseshoe on the way to Galway. We could see one of the mountains, Benbulbin, – a large flat topped mountain, from the top of Slieve League across Donegal Bay. We decided this would be a reasonable stop

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Ireland Coastal Routes

The United States has some pretty awesome scenic routes over mountains and down coastlines but the ones in Ireland are pretty awesome too. Since our Ireland adventure was a road trip we got to drive along portions of some of these coastal routes. Some tips if you do decide to follow these routes: There are

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Ireland: Ice Cream in Donegal

We did not do much in Donegal town unfortunately, we arrived a little before lunch and did some early Christmas shopping. One thing that I absolutely loved about all the cities and towns that we visited is that they are pedestrian friendly. This made navigating unfamiliar streets so much easier. Lunch was not out favorite

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Wilderness Ireland

When traveling in the US we typically don’t use travel companies, however, for this trip to Ireland we decided to go with one that I had been looking at for a while: Wilderness Ireland. I wanted to use a travel company for a few reasons: I had no idea where to start planning this trip.

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Ireland: Food Trailer in Killybergs

After hiking Slieve League we were starving. Our first choice of place to stop at for dinner was a local place called The Rusty Mackerel. However, the parking lot was completely full. Not wanting to block anyone in or wait for a parking spot to open up we decided to head back towards are hotel

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Ireland: Hiking Slieve League

Our last guided tour with Wilderness Ireland was a guided hike up Slieve League. We met our guide, Barry, at the Tí Linn Cafe cafe before heading up to a car park. Slieve League is a series sea cliffs that are over 600 meters (2000 feet) above sea level. There are a couple of main

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Ireland: Glenveagh National Park

Ireland has some beautiful national parks and we got the opportunity to visit one. Glenveagh National Park is in County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and it is free to visit. However, the park is out of the way a bit, in a wild and beautiful part of the country. Ireland does not have

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Northern Ireland: Lunch in Derry

Half of what we did in Derry was eat and it was all delicious. Our first stop was Soda & Scratch. This restaurant was suggested by Wilderness Ireland and honestly, it was probably one of my favorite meals. I tried the BBQ Chicken Tikka Salad and Keltin got the Lisdergan Butchers 6oz Marrow Aged Beef

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Northern Ireland: Derry to County Donegal

From Bushmills we were headed to Lough Eske but we had a few stops to make along the way. We stopped in Colerane to pick up a new allen-wrench for the camera gear and a new shirt for Keltin – one of his ended up with a hole in it. I loved how walkable all

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Northern Ireland: The Dark Hedges

After exploring Rathlin Island we headed inland a bit to visit The Dark Hedges. The Dark Hedges are beautiful but they aren’t actually actually hedges, they are beech trees. Fans of Game of Thrones might recognize the King’s Road. The magnificent trees were planted in the eighteenth century by the Stuart family as a lead up

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