St. Gobnait, Balleyvourney

The site of the convent established in the 6th Century by St. Gobnait, patron saint of bees and beekeepers. A place of reverence.

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Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra, a wild isolated settlement where St Finbarr founded a monastery in the 6th century.

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Beara Peninsula

The Beara Peninsula lies on the far south-west coast of Ireland, lashed by Atlantic gales, yet amidst the rugged rocks there are lush pockets, and a high concentration of ancient monuments

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Derreen Garden, Beara

Derreen Garden is enchanting. Covering 60 acres on the peninsula between Lauragh and Kilmakilloge, the garden was laid out 150 years ago with sub tropical plants from around the world. Paths wind through the mature woodland, framing views of the surrounding Caha mountains and the sea.

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Loughcrew

Loughcrew feels special. 34 monuments spread over four hilltops, in the beautiful Meath landscape, and one of the most stunning cairns in Ireland.

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Kells

Kells, Co. Meath, is best known for being the home of the Book of Kells, taken there for safety from Scotland during Viking raids.

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Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar is at the heart of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site. I have visited here many times, the most memorable being one time in March, in snowstorms and a bitter arctic wind.

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Stones of Stenness

Just across the isthmus from the Ring of Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness have a mysterious presence, although, in my experience, it is a very comfortable place to be

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St. Magnus, Kirkwall

St. Magnus is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful buildings in Scotland. There is an amazing presence here, a real power.

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Maes Howe

Maes Howe rises from the Harray landscape, visible for miles around. It is generally considered to be the finest Neolithic chambered cairn in Northern Europe

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