Exploring the island of Ireland’s small towns and villages is an adventure full of colourful characters and picturesque scenes. It’s often said that the road less travelled in Ireland will yield the unlikeliest of rewards…
Grand castles and historical houses set in acres of beautiful grounds are a common sight when you visit the island’s towns and villages, and this is especially true of Hillsborough in County Down. Only 30 minutes away from Belfast, hop on a bus or train to discover Hillsborough Castle
, where countless figures of history have stayed, including Benjamin Franklin. Every July, a food festival
is held in the gardens, hosting local suppliers and artisan producers.
A stop at the charming town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh
is a must as most people use it as a base to sail, kayak or canoe from island to island on Lough Erne. Linger in the town before you set off as there’s plenty on offer here, too. Explore the winding underground rivers at the Marble Arch Global Geopark
and hike the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail
, a beautifully scenic route that will take you to the top of Cuilcagh Mountain.
With its colourful thatched cottages along narrow country lanes and lively melodies pouring out from the pubs, it’s no wonder Doolin in County Clare is one of the most popular spots along the Wild Atlantic Way
. Warm welcomes and delicious food make this a great base for exploring the rest of County Clare
, including the limestone paradise of The Burren
You will stumble upon legends and historical monuments wherever you step in Ireland’s Ancient East, and there’s no better place to explore than Trim, County Meath
. You can’t miss Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle still standing in Ireland today. This grand castle has been overlooking the River Boyne since the 12th century and being so close to Dublin, it’s easy to take a day trip by car or public transport.
Can any of our Community members recommend any other towns and villages on the island of Ireland?