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# sleep here
Sleep Here: Take the whole family glamping (without the tents) in this cosy Co Clare cabin
The former horse truck as been “permanently put to pasture” – and now sleeps five comfortably.
# my favourite places
'I'll be back at Slieve League to finish the cliff walk soon': Map-maker Paul O'Dwyer shares his favourite bits of Ireland
Including a Wicklow cafe with some of the soundest staff in Ireland.
# like a pro
How to do Fota Wildlife Park like a pro: Picnic spots, parking perks and how to meet Matheo the sloth
Plus the best time of day to visit if you’re a fan of penguins.
# anyone for a dip
5 of the most incredible spots around Ireland for a sea swim - and what to see when you dry off
Ally Thompson rounds up five destinations that are perfect for a swim (or a splash).
# like a pro
How to do the Rock of Cashel like a pro: Free entry, parking advice - and the photo opportunity everyone misses
Plus the lunch spot the locals love.
# my favourite places
'No competition for the best ice cream': Food truck owner Brian Walsh shares his favourite spots around Ireland
Including the best beach for a sunrise swim.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: Lean in to your romantic side at this stylishly converted stone barn in Meath
Once home to cows and chickens, the Crows’ Hermitage is now a breathtaking stayover spot.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Uncover hidden woodland waterfalls on Sligo's scenic Yeats Country Loop
Sligo is home to the “lake isle of Innisfree” – along with great views, picnic spots and sea swims.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: Make friends with donkeys, lambs, ducks and geese on Meath's Kiltale Farm
If feeding hens and milking goats sounds like your kind of holiday activity, book a stay on Kiltale Farm.
# my favourite places
'Skellig Michael really is like its own world': Professional vagabond Rob Rankin shares his favourite Irish places
From a town destroyed by plague to a memorable banoffee pie – the highlights of a life well travelled.
# like a pro
How to drive the Ring of Kerry like a pro: Dodge the tour buses, find a great pint and escape to Valentia Island
Plus the best little car park in Killarney.
# island life
'See puffins up close': 6 underrated islands on Ireland's west coast - and why you should visit
Paul Clements spotlights six islands that don’t get the tourist attention they deserve.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Tackle mountain roads along Wicklow's Sally Gap - and stop for a swim on the way home
Just an hour from Dublin, you’ll find awe-inspiring views.
# like a pro
How to do Clifden like a pro: Free parking, glass-bottomed boats and the locals' favourite pub
Plus a hidden gem of a bog walk.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Head on an inland adventure along the twists and turns of the Northern Glens Trail
You’ll pass sparkling lakes, towering rock formations and awe-inspiring waterfalls.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: A converted Georgian gate lodge in the heart of the Wicklow mountains
Stay alongside a growing family, ponies, dogs and a terrapin.
# my favourite places
'It's a proper pub with no TV!' Surfer Pete Hynes shares his favourite Irish places
From Sligo’s best breakfast to a unique beach – the highlights of a life well travelled
# young explorers
'You'll hear the crashing river as you approach': 6 family-friendly walks and hikes around Ireland
Pack up a picnic and hit the trails with the kids this summer.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: Drift off in a luxury glamping pod among the trees at Castle Ward Estate
Spend the night on the spectacular grounds of this 18th century manor.
# my favourite places
'On a calm day you'll see Skellig Michael': Photographer Jeremy Simpson shares his favourite Irish places
Here’s where the New Zealand native goes for incredible photos (and an Irish fry).
# like a pro
How to do Westport like a pro: Shark views, parking tips and the pub from the classic Guinness ad
Plus the “best whipped ice cream in Ireland”.
# chipper chips
'Sit on the pier and tuck in': 7 seaside chippers around Ireland that are worth the drive
Caroline Hennessy on the spots serving up the freshest fish, the crispiest chips and the best views.
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12 Great Irish Drives: See beaches, bridges and the Dark Hedges on Antrim's Causeway Coastal Route
Along with a stop at the Giant’s Causeway itself.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Take a dip in the blue Atlantic and drive the famous Sky Road in Connemara
And if you like smoked salmon and seafood chowder, you’ve come to the right place.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: A one-of-a-kind houseboat (that's moored outside a pub)
The Roisin Dubh in Sallins, Co Kildare is warm, cosy, and unique.
# my favourite places
'Not many people know about the ruined castle': A lifelong traveller and foodie shares his favourite Irish places
From isolated hikes to a very special ice-cream – William Barry on the highlights of a life well travelled.
# like a pro
How to see the best Game Of Thrones locations like a pro: Beat the crowds and find the secret sights
Plus where to get great coffee along the way.
# holiday spots
'Check out the tapas bar run by two surfers': 6 up-and-coming holiday spots around Ireland, according to insiders
From Strandhill to the Copper Coast, here are the places to get off the beaten track in 2019.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Cruise along Louth's Cooley Peninsula with family thrills at Carlingford Lough
Sign yourselves up for kayaking, zip-lining or even a spot of stand up paddle boarding.
# sleep here
Disconnect from modern life in this island cottage with only candles for light
Only seals live on Great Blasket Island today – but you can stay in one of five traditional cottages.
# my favourite places
From Achill-henge to an extinct volcano: Tour guide Jen Condon shares her favourite offbeat Irish places
From Achill-henge to an extinct volcano – the highlights of a life well travelled.
# like a pro
How to do the Cliffs Of Moher like a pro: Cheap parking, great coffee, and hot tubs in whiskey barrels
Plus the best place to see the sunset.
# excellent adventure
'Zipline over the water': 6 adventure destinations around Ireland where the whole family can run wild
Grab the waterproofs, pack a picnic, and head for one of these activity-packed places.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Explore passage tombs and Braveheart ruins in Meath's historic Boyne Valley
Plus a stop for epic homemade carrot cake en route.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: Rest your head in a real-life Wanderly Wagon in the hills of Co Donegal
The Gavin family fell in love with a site on the shores of Lough Finn 15 years ago.
# my favourite places
'When you get there, it'll take your breath away': Photographer Trish Punch shares her favourite Irish places
From abandoned villages to a Skellig sunset – the highlights of a life well travelled.
# like a pro
How to do Salthill like a pro - including the best parking, poitín, and where to 'kick the wall'
Plus the locals’ favourite spot for a 99.
# i scream you scream
7 unmissable stops for an ice cream around Ireland - and what else to check out when you park up
Make your next road trip an ice cream pilgrimage.
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12 Great Irish Drives: Go whale-spotting and visit a world-famous lighthouse on Wexford's Ring Of Hook
At 800 years, Hook Lighthouse is the world’s oldest operational lighthouse.
# sleep here
Sleep Here: A spectacular 15th century Kilkenny castle with a touching 20-year restoration tale
Tubbrid Castle’s reimagining was a family affair, started by a father and finished by his son.