Connemara is a place of mountains, lakes and spectacular views famed for the quality of the light. It’s also often overrun with tourists which takes a little from its serenity.
However it is definitely an area worth exploring, and this itinerary moves you quickly through the really busy areas and suggests some lesser known detours.Read More
The largest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore is famous not just for its rugged beauty but for its rich store of megalithic remains, in particular its four ancient forts.
Unfortunately its popularity as a tourist destination has had some negative effects, and it is no longer the sleepy slow moving place it once was. Is it becoming a tourist trap?Read More
The ubiquitous stone walls or fences seen in Ireland are the object of much curiosity from visitors, particularly those built without mortar in the west and south.
They are however a practical and useful way to divide land, especially when money is scarce and land is poor. They are also historically interesting and geographically diverse, in fact a lot of Ireland’s history is in those stones.Read More
Aran sweaters, hats and scarves are a popular purchase in Ireland, with their fascinating history and intricate patterns. But it is a case of buyer beware, as not all Aran is created equal!
A lot of misinformation surrounds the history of Aran knitting – it is a wonderful craft, but not as ancient a one as many people believe.Read More
Traditional stitch patterns in Aran sweaters include the wonderfully named tree of life, blackberry, honeycomb, moss, diamond and lattice patterns.
However in spite of the fact that meanings are commonly attributed to each stitch pattern, the reality is that they evolved because they looked nice.Read More