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The Skelligs: a trip to the edge of the abyss

The search for solitude has led pilgrims to the edges of the known world – and beyond – throughout history. But few final destinations rival the remoteness of Skellig Michael, a lonely, storm-lashed rock off the west coast of Ireland that doubles as a Jedi sanctuary in the latest <i>Star Wars</i> films.<p>The …

Ireland

Whale watching on Ireland’s newest coastal route

Ireland’s southwest coast is one of the easiest places on Earth to see whales, porpoises and dolphins in the wild – and no one knows it yet.<p>When I saw the first roll of dark skin emerge from the water, I knew we weren’t alone. I was on a boat with Whale Watch West Cork less than a kilometre off the …

Ireland

Top 11 tourist spots to visit in Ireland

Top tourist attractions in Ireland no visit to the Emerald Isle would be complete without<p>There are several tourist attractions in Ireland you just …

Ireland

The ‘Irish Times’ Best Day Out in Ireland contest names its top five

The Antrim coast, the Barrow Way, outdoor activities in Leitrim and Mayo, and Killarney National Park all make the shortlist<p>Mon, Jun 15, 2015, 14:01 …

Ireland

The Ultimate Guide to Hotel Tipping

Checking into a hotel sometimes sends us into a silent panic. Those initial 10 minutes include interactions with a flurry of hotel staff, and we're …

Top 20 free things to do in Dublin

Dublin may not be the cheapest destination in Europe but don’t let that stop you; some of the best stuff to see and do here is completely free.<p>From walking tours to tranquil gardens and Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett, here's our guide to enjoying Ireland's capital without reaching for your bank card.<p>…

Ireland

National Geographic Travel

Traveler Tips and Articles - Traveler Tips and ArticlesTraveler Tips and Articles

<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

Travel

How to get the most from a short trip to Ireland

Vibrant cities, otherworldly monuments, ancient castles, sweeping beaches bordered by jade-green fields, cosy pubs with crackling fires and toe-tapping traditional music sessions – Ireland offers a multitude of memorable experiences. And its compact size makes it possible to fit many in, even on a …

Ireland

Just Back: Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula

Nat Geo Travel’s <b>Annie Fitzsimmons</b> spends a large part of her life scouting out the sites, restaurants, and people that reveal the distinctive soul of cities large and small.<p>But even Urban Insiders need a break from the hustle and bustle once in a while. So after attending the Adventure Travel World …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Great city walks: Derby

This walk through Derby’s industrial past features one of the world’s first factories • Five more walks tomorrow<p><b>Distance</b> 3.3 miles/5.3km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 2 hours<b><br>Start and finish</b> Market Place, Derby<b><br>Start postcode</b> DE1 3AH<b><br>Step-by-step details and maps</b> ramblers.org.uk/derbyroute<p>In a nutshell<p>This route …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

The Best of Romantic Ireland

With castles and legends, Old World hospitality and indulgent experiences, epic scenery and fairy trees, Ireland is a world of romantic mystique.<p>Here are some of the key highlights from around the Emerald Isle:<p><b>> Ardmore and Environs</b> (County Waterford)<p>Quiet Ardmore offers jaw-dropping sea views, …

My Favorite Place in Ireland: The Wild West

An innkeeper, a painter, a bodhran maker.<p>Almost 30 years ago on a chilly June night I stumbled into Ballinalacken Castle House Hotel in County Clare and came upon a gruff lion of a man with an unruly mop of hair who offered me a country welcome amid peat fires, heavy blankets, and flowing pints of …

Northern Ireland's best scenic drives

<b>A2 Portrush to Ballycastle</b><p>Geoff Hill, Telegraph Travel's Northern Ireland expert, describes the Antrim Coast Road as "one of the world's great drives, rides, walks or cycles". He recommends this western section, taking in Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway, and stopping for an ice-cream at …

Photography tips: How to take great macro shots

Focus on the little things – here's how to master macro photography<p>When travelling, always keep your eyes open to the smaller things. You never know …

Landscape Photography

Insider’s Guide to County Kerry

<b>Kerry</b> is the most westerly county in Ireland, with Brooklyn, New York, jokingly referred to as “the neighboring parish.” But its people don’t think of it as remote. For them, the rest of the world is to be pitied for being remote from Kerry.<p>> What to Do<p><b>The Skelligs</b>, by far the most spectacular site …

13 photography tips to try at home

Don’t wait until you’re on your travels to improve your photography. Start right now in your own backyard...<p>1. Shoot portraits of strangers<p>Get over …

Photography

A Low-Key Drive in Florida

Strung together by bridges and causeways like an unclasped necklace, the Florida Keys transport you back to a mellower way of life.

Top 10 sights in Cancún and Yucatán

It's no great secret why Cancún, and to a larger extent the Yucatán Peninsula, has become Mexico's top tourist destination. Some people are lured by the simple pleasures of a white-sand beach, turquoise waters and perhaps a little partying here and there. Others find themselves drawn to the …

Mexico

The Different Cancún: Another Side of Paradise

The pearls of praise for the place called Cancún often sheen to dizzying effect. There is no refuting that this stretch of soft sand caressing the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean is the acreage of paradise, a dazzling tropical necklace that evokes powerful, even passionate imagery. The acclaim …

Mexico

Top 9 Day Trips and Excursions Near Cancun

The Riviera Maya and the vibrant tourist city of Cancún have been top summertime destinations for American travelers for years, not surprising given the region's spectacular history, landscapes, cuisine, and nightlife. And while the Riviera Maya is often considered an inexpensive hub for those …

Mexico

Luxurious Cancún & What To Do Beyond La Playa

<b>Cancún</b> always brings to mind images -- and maybe memories -- of spring break partying and sipping ice-cold margaritas by the pool all day long. The Mexican city it still a top destination for the college coeds, according to <i>USA Today,</i> but not all of the 40,000 to 50,000 estimated visitors are coming …

Kaank'uun to Cancun: The Backstory of Mexico's Blockbuster Resort

In late 1974, an eye-catching ad started popping up in newspapers and magazines for a place the readers likely never heard of. It showed a pristine, palm-lined beach mussed up only by a single line of footprints -- but without showing who made them -- moseying down the sands as far as you could see.<p>…

Mexico

How to Become a Packing Genius

Think packing everything you need for your trip into one small bag is impossible? Think again. Use this simple step-by-step guide (using BT readers' …

Andrew McCarthy Gets A Taste Of New Orleans

New Orleans is a vibrant town known for its music, entertainment and food, and travel expert Andrew McCarthy knows exactly where to experience it all. In just one day, the author toured all of the best spots in the city, sampling everything from hot po' boys to cool snowballs.<p>The first stop was the …

15 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Between voodoo, Mardi Gras, the music, and the food—oh, the food—New Orleans has a heritage few American cities can match. But how does your …