24 Hours in Derry

24 Hours in Derry

A nicely compact city, you can achieve a lot in just 24 hours in Derry. The fully intact city walls, most famously associated with the failed attempt to enter the city, first by Jacobite forces under MacDonnell, Earl of Antrim, in 1688 and later by the former Catholic...
5 Great Mayo Lunch Spots

5 Great Mayo Lunch Spots

As spring springs ever more into action, here’s hoping you are lacing up the hiking shoes and getting out and about for even some short hikes. If you find yourself in our wonderful coastal county, here are 5 great Mayo lunch spots to look out for. When compiling this...
Crannóg at Srahrevagh

Crannóg at Srahrevagh

It was surprisingly mild and dry for this time of year, so I decided to go visit the crannóg at Srahrevagh in the Nephin Begs. [An tSraith Riabhach = The grey or streaked river-meadow or valley-bottom, per https://www.logainm.ie/ga/37558] Crannógs are man-made island...
Fanore to Ballyvaughan Hike

Fanore to Ballyvaughan Hike

The Burren in County Clare boasts many magnificent walks, of which one of my favourites is the wonderful Fanore to Ballyvaughan hike. On the R477, about 1km north of the turn down to Fanore beach, there is a widening on the right (heading north), where some houses and...
A Visit to Pompeii

A Visit to Pompeii

Until you take a visit to Pompeii, you simply ain’t seen nothing. Famous for having been buried under ash and rock from the Mount Vesuvius explosion and subsequent pyroclastic flow in autumn of 79AD, this is a stunning site. While the ruined houses and public...
4 Days in Rome

4 Days in Rome

What a wonderful 4 days in Rome we enjoyed during February. A really compact city centre means you encounter extraordinary ruins from the Ancient Roman era around nearly every corner. We stayed in a lovely little hotel less than 5 minutes walk from the Fori Imperiali...