18th Apr

Pretty in Pink: Barbuda’s Most Beautiful Beach…

Barbuda, Pink Beach

How can a beach be pink? There must be a scientific explanation. As the catamaran drops anchor, the sand on this beautiful strip of Barbuda blushes like a schoolgirl. It’s an extraordinary sight. We sailed from Antigua. An hour and a half of sparkling ocean brought us to a speck of an island that seems all but deserted. Barbuda is 60km2, about as tall as a basketball hoop and circled by a perfect seal of sand. I felt like Robinson…

17th Apr

London By Twitter… What Happens When You Travel Guided Solely By Social Media?

Pol, London By Twitter

Is it possible to travel guided solely by Twitter? That’s the challenge I set myself recently. So much of our travel is now inspired, planned and shared on social media, I wanted to see what would happen if I explored a city using only Twitter tips. No guidebooks. No websites. No listings. So I booked a flight to London, and sent a simple tweet. I’m travelling around London today, guided only by Twitter… Got tips on what to see/do/eat? Pls…

16th Apr

Six of the Best: Blue Book Special Offers

blue book, special offer

Dunbrody House: The ‘99’ Dunbrody’s nifty ‘99’ is a year-round offer bundling a midweek overnight stay, three-course dinner and a late breakfast served until noon in the wilds of Wexford. A separate ‘99’ spa package includes a Serail Mud treatment, back, neck and shoulder massage and a USPA Mini Facial. It also costs €99pp. Details: dunbrodyhouse.com; €99pp Moy House: Yummy Mummy To Be Expecting a baby? Then why not visit Clare’s Atlantic Coast for a babymoon, Blue Book-style. Moy House’s…

15th Apr

Take Five: Egg-cellent Easter Family Activities…

easter dun laoghaire

By Genevieve Lyttle Easter is one of the most beautiful times of year in Ireland. Daylight is stretching, daffodils are blooming, and April blossoms are in the air. Best of all,  of course, are the Easter holidays… a time of tradition, celebration and of course, shedloads of Easter family activities. Here’s my pick of the unique and wonderful events to choose from! 1. Easter traditions at the Ulster American Folk park, Co. Tyrone From April 19 to the 21, Easter celebrations at…

14th Apr

100 Super Things to Do In Scotland…

100, scotland, commonwealth

As of today, April 14th, there are 100 days to go to the Commonwealth Games. To celebrate the occasion, Visit Scotland has unveiled a fab list of the 100 things to do in Scotland that might surprise you given their range and diversity. We all know Glasgow is having a moment, for example, but who knew about the Callanish Standing Stones (pictured above). Erm, not me. And what’s a real Forfar Bridie, anyway? Here’s the full list. Enjoy! 100 Super…

11th Apr

The Bridge: Real-Life Locations in Copenhagen

The Bridge

The Bridge is a Danish/Swedish co-production that kicks off with the discovery of a body exactly halfway across the Øresund Bridge. It rocks. And what’s more, there are some pretty cool locations to visit on your next jet-setting (or set-jetting?) trip to Copenhagen and Malmo. What you will see: No prizes for guessing the big location in this Nordic Noir nail-biter. The Øresund Bridge (ukoresundsbron.com) links Denmark and Sweden, combining with a tunnel and an artificial island to create the iconic…