Get off the Beaten Path in Ireland
While tourist destinations are plentiful in Ireland, make sure to also get off the beaten track. Ireland is full of wonderful sights to see, from ruins of Desmond Castle, to deserted beaches, and of course the Irish whiskey trail, there's plenty to do off-the-beaten-path in Ireland. If you wander far enough, you will soon have the place to yourself—or maybe just have to share with some wandering Irish sheep.

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Backroad Delights from Limerick to Dublin Airport

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Ireland is filled with visual sites that inspire thinking about other times. A recent return trip from Limerick to Dublin Airport had me leaving the M-7 Motorway at Roscrea and traveling some fine slower moving roads through the Slieve Bloom Mountains to connect to the M-6 and DUB.

The area is dotted with castles, beautiful mountain views and walking paths are abundant. The Slieve Bloom has 8 looped walks, eco walks and guided walks can be found. Info is available at and

A stop at the Slieve Bloom Bar in Kinnitty provided me with a good mix of general information and a history of the area. The owner Kieran poured a fine pint and prepared a hearty meal to enjoy in front of a warm fire of wood and turf fuel.

Shortly after leaving Kieran and his stories, I noticed the remains of what I imagine to have been a grand structure, and ponys now grazing among the tumbled walls and still standing chimneys. Ah, more time to imagine as I return to the Motorway and a flight home.

My next trip to Ireland will find me spending a few days in this area exploring, listening, hiking and adjusting to those things Irish.

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