An alternative road trip in County Kerry, Ireland

Spinning off south-west Ireland’s famous tourist route, there’s a less-visited crock of Kerry gold amid the islands, peaks and cliffs of the Skellig Ring

Dazzled by Donegal: an activity break that’s big, bold and brilliant

The challenge: can north-west Ireland match Canada and New Zealand for an epic adventure? After surfing, riding and kayaking, our writer found the answer on a sea-stack climb

Ireland’s Alcatraz: Spike Island in Cork

The former fort and notorious prison in Cork harbour, once known as ‘Hell on Earth’, has become an award-winning attraction

Ireland’s border country: walking the line and in love with the landscape

Since the Brexit referendum, the Irish border has again become a source of tension but on the ground it remains a fascinating wilderness of low mountains and fantastic hiking country

Lost in rhyme: a walk in the poetic beauty of Ballynahinch, Galway

Amid great walking trails, fantastic fishing, and literary heritage, Ballynahinch Castle hotel delivers the best of Connemara – and you don’t need to be a poet to appreciate it

Grace Kelly’s Irish library: a collection of classic reads … in Monaco

The film star’s roots prompted her to collect Irish literature, including rare editions of Joyce, Beckett and Shaw. The 9,000 volumes are now housed in a lovely, and free, library in the principality.

Cottage with class: a short break on Ireland’s Donegal coast

A renovated traditional stone homestead with its own beach is the first in a new collection of holiday lets that make idyllic bases for exploring elemental Ireland

World Irish Dancing Championships – in pictures

Dancers from around the world were stomping the floorboards and leaping into the air as they showed off their best moves in Dublin recently. The event draws 5,000 performers from Ireland and overseas. Contestants range in age from eight to 30