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.
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!
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. 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.
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!