Off the beaten path

It's so easy to go off the beaten path and discover an Ireland where the crowds and the coach tours aren't. But with a limited time in the country, it takes courage to say 'no I'm not going to kiss the fecking Blarney Stone, I'm going to follow the advice of this unverified travel website with the weird name and go stand in a field in Kilkenny where Santa Claus is supposed to be buried instead'. Go on, follow your reckless side and mix up the blockbusters with the sticks. This is a selection of fine visits we've been to and enjoyed and it's just a drop in the ocean. 

hilltop burial mound at Loughcrew
Loughcrew Cairns
Guide surveys ruins of Jerpoint town
Jerpoint Park
O'Connell tower Glasnevin Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery
Red-bricked Slieve Donard Hotel
Newcastle, County Down
River Garravogue in downtown Sligo
A weekend in Sligo
Sunsets on surfers at Strandhill
Strandhill, County Sligo
monastic ruins of the Rock of Cashel
A weekend in Tipperary
Skerries beach on a clear day
Skerries, County Dublin
Steps looking of Slieve League
Slieve League Cliffs
white footbridge at Mizen Head
Mizen Head
Striking features of Slane Castle
Slane Castle & Distillery
stately home of Strokestown House
Strokestown Famine Museum
boat tour of the Marble Arch Caves
Marble Arch Caves
Bridge at the small village of Avoca
Avoca, County Wicklow
castellated features of Ardgillan
Ardgillan Castle & Demesne
Carlingford town and lough
Carlingford, County Louth
Breadmaking in NI Food Tours
Breadmaking in NI Food Tours
O'Connell Tower at Glasnevin Cemetery
Dublin: Beyond Guinness and Trinity
Dunluce Castle North Antrim Coast
Alternatives to Overtourism
Kilmore Quay
A weekend in the South East
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