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The Dublin Pass: Is It Worth It?

The Dublin Pass, Ireland’s answer to travelers utilizing other European city’s fast pass option into tourist sites has become a time saver for anyone visiting Dublin for the first time, especially during peak seasons. It saves you both time and money and makes it easy to use at more than 25 visitor attractions, including Dublin’s …

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Three of Ireland’s Best Hotels

Three of Ireland’s best hotels have just one thing in common: superb hospitality. Otherwise, they’re as different as chalk and cheese, as the saying goes. These are upscale lodgings with highly individual character. If you are looking for something truly special, also consider spending a night at one (or more) of Ireland’s best Castle Hotels. Ireland’s …

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How Would You Like Your Shamrock? Ask the Ravenous Traveler

“How would you like your shamrock,” asked the bartender. It was my first trip to Ireland. I’d ordered a Guinness; I was seventeen; and I had no idea what he was talking about—confused as much by his thick Irish accent as by the question. “How would you like your shamrock,” he asked again. After receiving …

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Glendalough Valley in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland

The monastic settlement of the Glendalough Valley in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains is one of the most beautiful and haunting places in Ireland. And, it’s a bit surprising that this isolated area is not far from Dublin, one of Europe’s busiest metropolises. The untouched wilderness of the Glendalough Valley, with its ancient stone buildings, down to earth …

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Best Pubs in Western and Central Europe (well…some of them!)

Usually, the thought of a tasty, ice cold brew at the end of a long trek is what keeps even the most intrepid traveler fueled and focused when life on the road gets a little hard going. Thankfully, pretty much everywhere you go in Europe you’re up to your waist in world-class brew, and better …

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