When visiting Ireland, Dublin is an easy and obvious choice — but there are so many other incredible destinations on the Emerald Isle. Here’s a look at some of Lori Zaino’s favorite places to see outside Dublin, whether you’re in the mood for a quiet village, cliffside beaches, cool castles or delightful foodie spots. And while these destinations aren’t necessarily off the beaten path, Lori Zaino won’t be including the usual tourist traps — no Blarney Stone here.
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Breathtaking video released showcasing unique rugged beauty of Skellig Michael; Rachael O’Connor; The Irish Post
The winter solstice happens every year on 21 December. Nowhere is the celebration more dramatic than at the passage tomb of Newgrange, which predates the pyramids.
Source: Newgrange: The Winter Solstice
Skellig Michael is to feature in the new Channel 5 TV show Scenic Ireland. In this two-part series, Irish actor Adrian Dunbar, famous for starring in Line of Duty, will set out on a personal journey through the breath-taking Irish coastline. He will be swapping stories with the last salmon fisherman on Carrick a Rede and climb the summit of Kerry’s Skellig Michael, while meeting old friends and tasting his homeland hearty food.
A blast from the past: Boyne Valley
The Skellig Islands tours are one of the best Irish attractions for both foreign visitors and the Irish people themselves, so Jade Poleon has ranked the five best tours of the mystical islands according to reviews. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael and the Skellig Islands have always been a ‘wow’ factor for anyone visiting Ireland, and even for the Irish themselves.
From mystical tombs to Samhain festivities – why Boyne Valley is the real home of Halloween; Irish Examiner
Sophie Goodall learns about Ireland’s brand-new Púca Festival, set to knock pumpkins off their pedestals.
The Skellig Islands, a UNESCO site accessed by boat only 100 days/year are worth the crazy boat ride to see the gannet colony & the beehive huts…
Immense timber structure found at ‘sacred’ Newgrange site during summer drought; Ronan McGreevy; Irish Times
Newgrange discoveries have ‘truly transformed’ our understanding of ancient site…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.
A drone flyby has revealed a huge Neolithic henge near a passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland.
For the first time ever, people all over the world can watch sunlight creep into Newgrange passage tomb on winter solstice.
Weather-permitting, of course (clouds are forecast).
A live stream organised by the OPW and Fáílte Ireland will broadcast the moment when the 5,000-year-old tomb’s internal chamber is lit up (#Solstice2017).
You can watch it live (below) from 8.30am on Thursday, December 21.
The annual event, which sees sunlight enter the roofbox of the Co. Meath tomb and light up its inner chamber over the course of around 17 minutes, is simulated for all visitors to Newgrange – but only a lucky few get to see the real deal.
Each year, the OPW runs a Winter Solstice Lottery – in 2017, it says, over 33,000 people applied from as far afield as Austria, Italy and the US.
It looks so peaceful from above. A giant, pointy, rock formation in varying hues of grey and green, rising majestically from the Atlantic.
Thanks to the giant advertisement that is “Star Wars,” Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful Skellig Islands feel the Force of tourism.
This guide should help you to go to the photographer’s paradise of the Skellig Islands and gives you a few tips when you are there. The Skellig islands are tow rocks in the sea 12 km from the coast of Ireland has become really popular since they have filmed parts of the Star Wars films there.
In 1977 we were introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for the first time. To mark 40 years of Star Wars, Greg Murphy took a trip to Skellig Michael (aka the planet Ahch-To), set to take centre stage again.
Newgrange passage tomb is one of the earliest and greatest feats of solar alignment, built 1,000 years before Stonehenge. Viewers can see it by lottery only.
The highly-anticipated 5,000-year-old sun ritual, which occurs annually on the shortest day of the year (December 21), sees a beam of light travel up the burial monument’s narrow passageway before lighting up its main chamber for 17 minutes.
However, the majesty of Newgrange – an engineering masterpiece and a focal point in Ireland’s rich tapestry of mythology – is still weather-dependent. Overcast skies and rain meant the light show never came to pass.
The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath is one of Ireland’s greatest known historical monuments, and was due to take center stage on Wednesday.