Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Books about Ireland and Scotland

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Jul 27, 2010 / 1 comments

I've got a GREAT list of travel tips for you! For our upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland, I contacted several of my favorite travel writers and asked them for their top tips.  With their answers, we’ll share a series of ten articles on travel planning, airlines, traveling with kids, tips for Scotland and Ireland, and more.


Thus far, we've shared:

Top Airline Tips

Top Travel Planning

Money for Travel or While Traveling

for Kids in Ireland and Scotland

Favorite Places in Ireland

Favorite Places in Scotland

Favorite Places To Eat in Ireland and Scotland 



Here you are - Favorite Books about Ireland and Scotland!


Travel Writers' Secrets: Favorite Books about Ireland and Scotland



The Good Night and God Bless series provides a wealth of information on cheap, clean, safe and well located accommodation in the convent and monastery guesthouses of both countries (and England too). Also included are tourist activities, things to do and see and suggestions on where to eat (and drink).

Trish Clark,



Mozart's favorite books about Ireland was a wonderful historical fiction series that starts with Under the Hawthorne Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna.

Jeanne at Soultravelers3,



A Sense of Belonging to Scotland by Andy Hall. my battered, years old copy of Let's Go: Ireland, probably.

Kerry Dexter,



The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Rutherford

Chris Christensen,



"Tales of Old Ireland" by Malachy Doyle is a lovely collection of favorite Irish folk tales that take on a modern sensibility without losing the tradition. And, though this is a children's book, parents and kids alike will both fall for the whimsical and luminous illustrations. These are stories and images that can be enjoyed over and over again.

Jeanine Barone,



If you're going to the less-visited Beara Peninusla, read about the old mines near Castletownbere in Daphne du Maurier's Hungry Hill.

For the Aran Islands, read a memoir by the people who lived there, like Peig, by Peig Saylors. Or read the memoir The Aran Islands by John Synge, or his plays based among the fisher folk of the islands.

Vera Marie Badertscher,



I love the Sawdays books – Special Places to Stay, which are excellent for finding quality & at times quirky accommodation to suit all budgets

Zoe Dawes,



Top ten Irish writers to read
1. William Butler Yeats
2. John Millington Synge
3. Brian Friel
4. Seamus Heaney
5. James Joyce
6. Colm Toibin
7. Roddy Doyle
8. Maeve Binchy
9.  Sean O'Faolain
10. Sean O'Casey

R. Todd Felton, author, A Journey into Ireland’s Literary Revival


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Comments (1)

  • Kerry Dexter

    13 years 11 months ago

    I agree with Todd on Yeats and Heaney.

    Two books that are not exactly general interest stuff: musician Tommy Sands' autobiography Songman gives insight into growing up during the height of the Troubles, and Padraigin ni Ullachain's book A Hidden Ulster is a study of musical tradtions along the border by a woman who is herself part of them.


    Kerry Dexter

    Music Editor,

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