Category: Ireland

Flashpacking in Ireland - 8 days of luxury adventure

Flashpacking in Ireland – 8 days of luxury adventure

Have you heard of “flashpacking”? Well we just did.  In your 20’s you backpacked on tight budgets for months on end in exotic places. Now you travel for 7 nights, with three stops, luxury hotel stays and some adventure thrown in. You will be glad to know there is now a travel term for you…. […]

15 ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's day

15 ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day

Friday the 17th March is Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Global monuments go green in cities all over the world to nod to our small country. Pubs and clubs fill with revelers enjoying the excuse to indulge, dressed head to foot in green and sing along to the latest singer songwriter that Ireland has produced. In […]

Top 5 luxury activities to inspire you in Ireland

Top 5 luxury activities to inspire you in Ireland

Are you looking for something a little different while in Ireland? We have all enjoyed the obvious luxury getaways. Indulgent buffet breakfasts in a massive 5-star  hotel followed by some shopping, cocktails and a fantastic dinner. While this will never get old, our adventurous side needs to be entertained also. Ireland is topping the polls […]

Travelling in Ireland: essential tips

Travelling in Ireland: essential tips

So you’re planning a vacation in Ireland? For many, visiting the Emerald Isle is a lifelong dream that is finally being realised; it may be a chance to visit your ancestral home for the very first time and might even be an opportunity to meet distant relatives. For others it’s a whimsical notion that takes […]

5 of the best Dublin city experiences

5 of the best Dublin city experiences

Dublin, Ireland is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe with an almost palpable energy that must be experienced to be fathomed. At night the characterful pubs are alive with traditional music and dance and by day there is an abundance of museums, parks and cafés to visit. The unique Dublin attractions would include […]

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6 of the best country retreats in the British Isles

The renowned British countryside draws discerning travellers from around the world, for a taste of its lush, idyllic rolling hills. But a stay in the countryside doesn’t necessarily mean camping in a muddy field, one needn’t sacrifice luxury. Indulgence, country-chic and the ‘real outdoors’ can be found in some of the best luxury hotels deep […]

Skellig Michael, Ireland: one of Lonely Planet's top regions in the world to visit

Skellig Michael, Ireland: one of Lonely Planet’s top regions in the world to visit

Lonely Planet just voted Ireland’s Skellig Michael and the Skellig Ring region one of the top ten regions in the world travelers should visit. This mystical and hard to reach place on the edge of western Europe is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most unique and spectacular places to visit in […]

5 of the best contemporary luxury hotel stays in Ireland

5 of the best contemporary luxury hotel stays in Ireland

Not everyone wants “old world”, history and castles. For lovers of all things modern, slick and exceptional design there are some great contemporary luxury hotels in Ireland. From trendy and hip to architecturally impressive there is something for every style. Cliff House Hotel, Waterford Perched on a cliff looking out to huge sea views, this […]

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

4 of the best Ireland food experiences

Planning your vacation in Ireland? You’re probably dreaming of the rolling green fields, clean Atlantic air and pristine, rugged coastlines. You’ve most likely been told about the mild, sometimes rainy weather that’s neither too hot nor too cold and to expect up to 16 hours of daylight in the summer months – perfect conditions to […]

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12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

3 countries, 3 luxury train journeys

There’s something so romantic about a grand train journey. It harks back to a bygone era before the fast pace of modern life took hold and when travel was just as much about the ‘getting there’ as the destination. But this golden age of gentlemanly luxury is alive and well within the Belmond collection. In […]

Dublin's top 3 iconic landmarks

Dublin’s top 3 iconic landmarks

The earliest settlements in Ireland’s capital can be traced as far back as 140 AD. Not much remains of Dublin’s history prior to 1204. After that time, however, much of the city’s rich medieval traditions and heritage can still be found in their remarkably well-preserved architectural landmarks. Here are three that shouldn’t be missed. 1. […]

The solar eclipse over Europe (and where to see the next total solar eclipse)

The solar eclipse over Europe (and where to see the next total solar eclipse)

Cloud cover meant that a number of people – myself included – missed the recent solar eclipse over Europe whilst others who were more fortunate with the weather were treated to an amazing display. In case you missed it, here is footage from various places across the continent for you to watch at your leisure. […]

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

7 of the best quirky things to do in Dublin

7 of the best quirky things to do in Dublin

Am I proud to be Irish? The answer is that I most definitely am. As a nation we’re known to be one of the friendliest in the world, and most of us have a great sense of humour. We also love to embrace characters and experiences that are a bit different and quirky. I recently […]

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world's oldest hotels

Luxury time travel: the colourful history of one of the world’s oldest hotels

One of the joys of travel is the chance to stay somewhere completely different from your home. And unless home happens to be in a medieval fortress, then opting for a hotel which started life as a castle certainly ticks that box. Built in the 13th century, Ashford Castle in Ireland’s County Mayo is absolutely […]

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