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! Today, thousands of these formidable structures dot the landscape, offering us a magnificent window into Ireland’s past. Since the turn of the last century, many of these beautiful buildings have been converted into hotels or bed and breakfasts. Offering a range of accommodation options, Irish Castle Stays are wonderful way to immerse oneself in Ireland’s history. With a variety of options that range from luxury vacations to quiet country retreats, 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 like us exploring family connections, or you may be lovers of music, history buffs or outdoor enthusiasts. Needless to say there is something for everyone in Ireland.
But for those who’ve never been, you’ll want to check out these helpful tips in our first time visitors guide to Ireland before you book your trip.
Robbie Burns, or Rabbie Burns (as he is affectionately known) 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, Robert Burns. A heritage travel experience that will connect you with his life and most known works. Exploring the life of Robert Burns will take you to the charming village of Alloway and the historic region of Dumfries and Galloway.
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! And one not to be missed. Today, Burns Suppers are held all over the world, however if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Scotland the end of January then partaking in a Burns Night celebration is a must! Join us in exploring the festivities and traditions around Scotland.
When it comes to capital cities, Dublin is relatively small. What 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 of the nations important historical artifacts and significant architecture. It is also home to many of Ireland’s best restaurants, shopping and more pubs than you could visit in one week!
There is so much to Dublin, which is why we love visiting so much. If you are going to the Irish capital, these are our 8 top things to do and see in Dublin. From history and culture, to fun and getting outdoors – there is something for everyone!
Empire Biscuits are a sweet tea popular in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland. With the foundation of a traditional Scottish shortbread recipe, these delicate cookies are sandwiched together with raspberry jam, topped with icing and a cherry. Perfect match for afternoon tea! We share a family recipe for Empire Biscuits and our picks for the best bakeries in Scotland to eat Empire Biscuits!
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. The Boyne Valley has a high concentration of prehistoric tombs and Newgrange is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne. Newgrange is Ireland’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built by a community of farmers and astronomers approximately 5,200 years ago. 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.
Edinburgh is an amazing city to visit. With world-class museums, unique shops and cozy pubs, this vibrant city offers endless opportunities for culture, food and fun. So many choices can prove challenging, but for a unique experience 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 defense of the region, protecting the coast from Vikings, pirates and invading armies. The small islands are also home to various birds, small animals and sea life.
It’s that time of the year again! Holiday shopping will consume all weekends until the end of December. And if you are looking for gifts for the frequent flyer in your life, look no further… We decided to play Oprah and selected our favourite things! These are all items we own (or are tops on our holiday wish list!) and personally love. Happy Holidays!