Wednesdays are usually reserved for #NookNeighborhoods where we have the latest in exquisite homes for you, but let’s travel a little off our beaten path today. Who wouldn’t want to take the week of Saint Patrick’s to visit those nooks of The Emerald Isle -- and how soon can I get there?
Cobh is a port famous for delivering 2.5 million people to American and saving a few of those cruising on The Titanic, as well as a refueling spot for the British navy. The history might be overwhelming if it weren’t so peaceful there, with vista views and small town port life to match. Friends who honeymooned there turned me on to The Roaring Donkey, who hosts a weekly live music night that feels like your friends came over for a singalong.
If historical outings with a splash of superstition is more your speed, visit Blarney Castle to learn all about it's winding journey towards becoming quite a well known, if slightly cramped, tourist spot. And just in case you think that “Kiss the Blarney Stone" is just a phrase, well, you're in for a treat!
Linguists will love the area of Donegal, where the ancient rhythms of Garlic can be heard sweeping over the cools winds. Most also speak English, so you won't be too lost, but it's easy to stand on her cliffs and get caught in the tangled sounds of the Irish language.
The Cliffs of Moher will look creepily familiar to any Princess Bride fan; this was the setting for the Cliffs of Insanity. By all accounts, a day trip here is worth it - just stay away from the edge. Catch the ferry to Skellig Michael during one of the five months it's open (the weather during the rest of the year is too treacherous), then squint at the peak to see if The Last Jedi might be standing there. And if you travel north for a driving tour of Game of Thrones locations, make sure your map is good. I was warned these are not near your typical tourist spots.
All it took to spark my interest in Newgrange was a friend's description of it as seeping in “old pagan history.” The tomb was built in the Stone Age, with three chambers that align perfectly during the Winter Solstice. Built in 3200 BC, this megalithic tomb covers an entire avre and is surrounded by 97 decorative kerbstones. Passage tombs such as Newgrange are often seen as the fairy or sidhe dwellings in Irish literature.
Dublin is one of the more well known nooks in Ireland, and for good reason. First there's the literary pub crawl, where a story teller takes your group on a journey of songs, traditions, poetry and pubs. Ranked as one of the 5 best walking tours in the world, you don't have to be a book buff or a drinker to bask in the stories that creates Dublin as a destination spot.
From all accounts, the beauty of Ireland just cannot be believed. Other fantastic sounding places included the Waterford Crystal foundry tour, living room pubs in Dingle, harbor dolphins, Inishmore, Dun Aengus, Belfast, Galway, Limerick and Muckross Manor.
If this sounds like your style, see the local places you can find an authentic Irish experience this weekend.