Ireland Hidden Gems

Ireland Hidden Gems is an independent travel website written by Irish travel writer and photographer Susan Byron a native of Dublin, now living in County Clare. It is designed to highlight only the very best of what my Ireland has to offer the independent traveller or curious web browser. It is about quality not quantity, which is why my recommendations are limited to the Top 10 in each category instead of a dubious hit or miss list of multiple choices. Based on six years of personal research and a lifetime of experience, these are listed under titles, which include the spectacular landscapes historic castles, mysterious sacred places as well as our rich culture and ancient traditions and much more besides.

The Hidden Gems are those little known, extra special places or other interesting Things to Do and See at each location, which you won't find in any of the regular guidebooks. These are listed separately at the bottom of each page. For example, did you know that near the Cliffs of Moher there is an ancient holy well named after St Brigid who was a Celtic Goddess long before she was credited with being a Christian Saint! A golden beach at Fanore from the Irish 'Fáinne an Óir' or 'Ring of Gold', boat trips to the Aran Islands not to mention some of the best surfing and traditional music in the West.

In addition to the website, I have written 4 Treasure Ireland Travel Guides which are available as eBooks on Amazon.

Where to Eat, Sleep & Play 2015 contains a handpicked selection of the 300 best answers to those very same questions including 10 Rooms with a Sea View, 10 Posh Places to Stay for Peanuts, 10 Pubs with snugs etc.

Things To Do 2015 contains the Top 10 listings of the best (not necessarily the obvious) visitor attractions complete with 10 Hidden Gems at each location, with Google maps and clickable links for further information, ticket prices, opening times etc.

Places To See 2015 is all about those extra special, off the beaten track places, that most tourists never get to see, much less experience while they are here.

And finally Ireland's Hidden Gems - a Guide to the Islands has just been released. Ireland's islands are very special pocket sized versions of the mainland and not to be missed.

All four are available from and can be downloaded to your kindle, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If you would like regular updates on what is happening why not join me over on facebook

Ireland's Hidden Gems is supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland.

Go n'eiri an t'ádh leat - Good Luck ! Susan Byron

Susan Byron
Susan Byron is the author of independent travel website Irelands Hidden and 4 best selling Irish Travel Guides on Amazon
All you need to know about Ireland, the facts, weather, news, map, history, culture, people in 250 words...
Northern Ireland, don't just jump in, fall in love with Northern Ireland and Legen-Derry.
Susan's Ireland Travel Blog
Susan's Ireland Travel Blog gives you the heads up on all that is happening in Ireland right now.
To contact Susan Byron, please fill in the email form here, I reply to every email with 24 hours or give me a call on my mobile number 00353657078930 as I am often out on the road.
Planning a trip to Ireland, Susan Byron author of Ireland's Hidden can do it for you from $95 per person travelling in a group with a minimum charge of $295 per couple.
Planning a trip to Ireland next summer, feeling a little overwhelmed?, a Ready Made Trip could be the solution?
Ireland Travel Guide - Where to Eat, Sleep & Play 2014 is now available on
There is no end of interest Things to See and Do on a visit to Ireland, the best of them are listed right here.
Ireland Places To See is an eBook travel guide to those extra special places you dont want to miss on a trip to Ireland written by Susan Byron author of Irelands Hidden
Ireland landscape breathtaking scenery at every turn...
sacred sites
Ireland's sacred sites range from megalithic monuments, associated with Pagan rituals to latter day monastic settlements such as Glendalough and Clonmacnoise.
Irish castles
Irish Castles dominate the skyline in Ireland, each county has a prize specimen of its own although there are dozens more ruins that you can explore on your own
Big Houses in Ireland range from state owned properties to some that have been in family ownership for 100's of years.
The National Museum of Ireland comprises four of Irelands most important museums, open daily apart from Christmas & New Year, admission is free
Irish Art while celebrated the world over is well represented in the 10 Best Galleries of Ireland
Ireland Parks vary from small (ish) manicured urban spaces to vast, wild, rugged places that will blow your heart right open...
Ireland gardens vary from small, beautifully crafted urban spaces to walled formality and wild, unimaginable rural paradises....
Irish culture is celebrated in these excellent tourist attractions.
Dublin an insiders guide to the capital of Ireland.
There is no denying Belfast continues to have its share of troubles but it is very much open for your business.
Cork is the second largest city in Ireland fondly fancied as the 'real' capital of Ireland, not a chance!
Galway city is unlike any other town or city in Ireland....
Let Limerick City surprise you...
Derry or Londonderry as it is known North of the border is the city you should visit if you want to understand 'the troubles' in Northern Ireland that are now thankfully well and truly over.
Ireland facts what you really need to know about visiting Ireland
Driving a rental car in Ireland is no longer the nightmare it use to be with efficient new motorway links to most major cities, but not all unfortunately...
Ireland weather where you can get all four seasons thrown at you in a day?
St Patricks Day the inside track on how we really celebrate it in Ireland.
An Irish Blessing

only search Irelands Hidden Gems

Book online for the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara & Aran Islands Tours from Dublin & Galway

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park "If you have only time to visit one attraction in Ireland this is it" Susan Byron

Shannon Heritage Entertainment