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?
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.
For a unique day trip that seamlessly blends adventure with nature and history, look no further than the Firth of Forth. This picturesque estuary serves as the entrance to Edinburgh’s port and is inextricably linked to the region’s fascinating history. The waterway is dotted with a number of small islands that played an important role in the defence of the region. The small islands are also home to various birds, small animals and sea life.
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.