I have travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and still find new favourite spots everywhere I go. Whenever someone asks me this question there is always one place that comes to mind, but more for the memory of great times I had there than simply the place itself.
This is Craggaunowen a small multiperiod park in County Claire. It has an Iron age ringfort, a crannog (a man-made floating island with round houses) a castle keep and loads of wildlife such as pine martens living in the surrounding trees.
I have taken part in many activities in this park including clay baking venison, blacksmithing, thatching and so much more.
I spent a fantastic summer living in one of the roundhouses and guiding visitors around the park during the day.
The park is situated far back from the road and surrounded by forest, so when you are there, you could be forgiven for thinking you had actually stepped back in time, and there are always people dressed authentically and living in the park which gives it a real sense of what life was actually like back then.
It is hard to put into words the atmosphere of Craggaunowen, you really have to experience it, but you will be in for a treat. Have a go at grinding flour, weaving, basket making, woodturning and a host of other traditional crafts. Tour the forest and see if you can find the boar pen. If you are really lucky you might even get to attend a feast in the 16th Century keep. For me, it will always hold a special place in my heart.