Set against the ancient backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh is a delightful blend of old and new. This vibrant city has endless opportunities for culture, food and fun and truly there is something for everyone. With so many things to see and do, there are endless attractions to explore and many lie beyond the main tourist trail. Join us as we take you on a journey through ancient streets and Off the Beaten Cobbles to explore unique Edinburgh attractions.
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?
Ireland is home to Celtic music, castles, a rugged coastline and of course fairies. It is hard to disagree that this coastal country is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. There are many reasons that will draw you to the Emerald Isle. You may be exploring family connections, lovers of music, history buffs or outdoor enthusiasts. Needless to say there is something for everyone in Ireland.
Newspapers are an excellent and, in many cases, overlooked resource that can offer a wealth of genealogical information. From in-depth, cited family histories to local histories, business directories, biographies and more, periodicals can add new levels of detail to your family history research.
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.
Celebrating Robbie Burns in Scotland on January 25th is a cornerstone of Scottish life. On the birthday of the great Scottish poet friends and community gather to honour the esteemed bard. People in Scotland, and around the globe, mark this event with a celebratory evening of food, music, and most importantly, poetry. Burns Night Suppers are a great feast! Join us in exploring the festivities and traditions around Scotland.
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.
Family Christmas traditions are practices and customs that evolve over the years, they adapt with changing family, cultural and historical dynamics, and they adapt as families find themselves in new corners of the world and with new members. These traditions are ones that we have grown up with – Meaghan in Cape Breton and Peggy in Alberta. We also believe that these are Christmas traditions at the core of many holiday celebrations for families of Irish decent.