Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish cultural and religious celebration. Originally a feast day in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, March 17th has evolved to become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture. With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, we thought it would be interesting to examine the man behind today’s high-spirited festivities. For without Saint Patrick, March 17th would be like any other day!
When most people think of Ireland, they think of rolling green vistas, cozy Irish pubs and of course castles! Castles dot the Irish landscape, offering a window into Ireland’s past. Since the turn of the last century, many of these beautiful buildings have been converted into hotels. Irish Castle stays are wonderful way to immerse oneself in Ireland’s history. With a variety of options, who wouldn’t want to spend a night in a castle?
Robbie Burns is a Scottish cultural icon, who garnered fame as a poet and lyricist. If your only encounter with Robert Burns is singing Auld Lang Syne at New Years, then this journey to the Scottish countryside will uncover the colourful life of the national Bard. A heritage travel experience to charming village of Alloway and the historic region of Dumfries and Galloway will connect you with his life and most known works.
What Dublin it lacks in size it makes up for in reputation. Dublin is an eclectic mix of history, culture, and debauchery. With its’ rich history, Dublin is home to many historical artifacts, as well home to many of Ireland’s best restaurants, shopping and more pubs than you could visit in one week! If you are going to the Irish capital, these are our 8 top things to do and see in Dublin – there is something for everyone!
Located in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, Newgrange is a neolithic passage tomb that was constructed to align with the rising sun of the winter solstice. Newgrange is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne. The Newgrange passage tomb is one of the earliest and greatest feats of solar alignment, built 1000 years before Stonehenge. It is a majestic site to celebrate the winter solstice in Ireland. It is a majestic site to celebrate the winter solstice in Ireland.
Towering over the city centre of Edinburgh is the historic fortress and former royal resident, Edinburgh Castle. Walking up the hill, along the Royal Mile, it is easy to appreciate why this castle, with a complicated history, is the most famous castle in Scotland and why it was awarded the best heritage attraction in the UK. This post explores the connections between the castle and Nova Scotia, as well highlights our travel tips to explore the castle grounds.
To celebrate National Book Lovers Day, the Wandering Gaels are sharing their favourite travel and heritage books. We hope our picks will inspire you, motivate you and take you on a new journey!
Although Irish migration began in the 1700’s and has maintained a steady flow throughout the centuries, it was Great Irish Famine of the nineteenth century that triggered one of the greatest population displacements of modern times. Most sought refuge across the Atlantic, landing on North American shores. This is the first of a new series, that we hope will provide a better understanding of the lives of your ancestors and will inform your future heritage travel.
Like us, more and more travellers are focusing their holidays on exploring family history and embarking on what’s called ‘heritage travel’. It is all about combining the challenges, excitement and fun of a vacation with a history lesson. As you may be expecting planning your own heritage vacation takes a little bit of research to get the most out of your travels. Here are our tips to get started!