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Susan's Ireland Travel Blog

Susan's Irish blog gives you the heads up on all that is happening in Ireland right now.

READY MADE TRIP

Planning a trip to Ireland next summer, feeling a little overwhelmed?, a Ready Made Trip could be the solution. Choose from a Classic Package or a Bed & Breakfast Guide, both priced at $99

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LOUGH CORRIB CRUISE

Take a Lough Corrib Cruise to visit the holy island of Inchagoill and Ashford Castle, where you can afternoon tea or take a hawk walk?

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ashford castle

Ashford Castle is so fabulous it will spoil you for anywhere else to stay in ireland...

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THE LODGE AT ASHFORD CASTLE

The Lodge at Ashford Castle offers alternative accommodation and facilities, including the fabulous Oscar Wilde Restaurant on the estate.

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hawk walk

A Hawk Walk in the beautiful grounds of Ashford Castle is one of best experiences you will ever have in Ireland

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WILD ATLANTIC WAY

The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal route in the world at 2500 kms stretching from Malin Head in the North to Cork in the South

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IRISH CAR RENTAL

Irish Car Rental in Ireland all you need to know about driving on the left hand side of the road plus mastering the one fingered salute!

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ASHFORD CASTLE SPA

Ashford Castle Spa transports you to another world of grand living, inspired elegance, nature and beauty on the shores of Lough Corrib

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Northern Ireland is not to be missed, with great cities like Belfast and Derry and the famous Giant's Causeway on the Antrim coastline, only a stone's throw from Scotland

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ABOUT IRELAND

If you would like to know about Ireland, the real Ireland, you have come to the right place. For a small island on the edge of Europe, it packs a mighty punch...

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contact

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.

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Susan Byron

Susan Byron is the author of independent travel website Irelands Hidden Gems.com and 4 best selling Irish Travel Guides on Amazon

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Irelands Hidden Gems.com is an independent website created by Irish travel writer, author and photographer Susan Byron, a native of Dublin now living on the West coast of Ireland.

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IRELAND THINGS TO DO

Ireland things to do is a compilation of the very best there is to see and do in Ireland, in a handy short list of the top 10 in each category.

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IRELAND TRAVEL

Ireland Travel Guide - the 2016 edition is now available on Amazon.com

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DONEGAL

Donegal has it all, a beach for every day of the year and the kind of scenery that will make you cry

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WEST CORK

West Cork is in a word idyllic with a balmy climate, fabulous scenery and the best artisan food producers you will find anywhere in Ireland

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IRISH LIGHTHOUSES

There are 70 Irish lighthouses dotted around the Irish coastline in spectacular locations many of which you can visit on the new Great Lighthouses of Ireland Trail.

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GLEBE HOUSE

Glebe House, an early Georgian rectory, belonged to the artist Derek Hill, patron of the Tory Island School of Painters houses a wonderful collection of Irish and International Art.

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glenveagh-castle

Glenveagh Castle is stuff of fairytales, sitting at the edge of a lake surrounded by the misty mountains and purple heather of the highlands of Donegal.

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slieve league cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs (Sliabh Liag) as Gaelige are twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher at 2000 feet and gloriously devoid of tourist traffic...

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RAINY DAYS

Rainy days or 'soft' days as we call them are a regular occurance in Ireland!

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lambay

Lambay Island is an unspoiled naturalist and walkers paradise belonging to Lord Revelstoke just off the coast of Dublin. Formerly private it can now be visited by guided tour with Skerries Sea Tours.

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ECO MARINE TOURS

Put eco marine tours on your bucket list of things to do in Dingle if you want to see amazing scenery, basking sharks and whales!

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BEAULIEU HOUSE

Beaulieu House a unique country house on the banks of the river Boyne

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MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE

The Museum of Country Life, at Turlough in Castlebar in County Mayo is one of the Top 10 Museums in Ireland and it's free!

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KNOCKRANNY HOUSE HOTEL

Knockranny House Hotel on an elevated site overlooking Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay and Clare Island is just 5 minutes walk from Westport town

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WHALE WATCHING

Whale watching in West Cork in Ireland you are likely to see Minke, Fin, Humpback and even Orcas if you are lucky as well basking sharks, sunfish and countless dolphins and porpoises.

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IRELANDS BEST BEACHES

Ireland is blessed with some of the best beaches in the world, thankfully the last few summers we have been lucky enough to get the weather to go with them!

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WILD HONEY INN

The Wild Honey Inn is THE BEST place to eat in Ireland.

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BALLINALACKEN CASTLE

Ballinalacken Castle Hotel is at the end of one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

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KILRONAN CASTLE

Kilronan Castle is the perfect romantic Irish hideaway set in lush parkland with the best spa in Ireland

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SAINT PATRICKS DAY

When is Saint Patricks Day celebrated in Ireland and around the world? on the 17th of March.

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IRELANDS HOLY WELLS

Irelands Holy Wells were sacred places long before Christianity came to Ireland. They are still revered to this day and many have 'cures' attributed to them.

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LEPRECHAUNS

There are no such thing as leprechauns in Ireland but there are little people or fairies and you don't want to mess with them, ever!

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TARA

The Hill of Tara was the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland where Saint Patrick famously converted them to Christianity from their previous Pagan ways.

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SAINT PATRICK

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his feast day on the 17th of March is widely celebrated around the world.

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IRELANDS LANDSCAPES

Irelands landscapes are renowned the world over for landmark site such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway and now the Wild Atlantic Way

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JAMESON

Jameson Irish Whiskey from humble beginings in the heart of Dublin to worldwide phenomenon.

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IRELANDS BEST ISLANDS

Irelands best Islands are pocket sized versions of the mainland, unspoiled and intensely beautiful, they are rich in flora, fauna with their unique culture and traditions.

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JAMESONS IRISH WHISKEY

Jamesons Irish Whiskey from humble beginings in the heart of Dublin, to worldwide phenomenon.

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GALWAY GUIDE

Galway City is jam full of interesting things to do and see which are included in this short Top 10 Guide.

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IRISH NATIONAL ANTHEM

Ireland has several Irish National Anthems, including Amhrán an bhFiann, (official) Ireland's Call (to action at rugby matches) The Fields of Athenry (all sports)

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Irelands Best Beaches

Irelands best beaches

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BALLYVOLANE HOUSE

Ballyvolane House in Fermoy, County Cork is in a word 'perfect', a romantic hideaway, fisherman's dream, an exclusive wedding venue or honeymoon destination

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BELLEEK CASTLE

Belleek Castle Hotel is a swash-buckling adventure and gastronomic delight, with just ten bedrooms you are guaranteed personal attention and an unique and authentic Irish castle experience.

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IRELANDS MIDLANDS

Irelands midlands offer a magic landscape for the visitor prepared to break their journey

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mustard seed

The Mustard Seed Restaurant, at Echo Lodge near Adare, County Limerick is not only one of the finest restaurants in the country but also one of the most comfortable places to stay.

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walter raleigh hotel

The Walter Raleigh Hotel is a new boutique hotel on the waterfront at Youghal, County Cork offering superb value and sea views.

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