24th Apr

Rafting in Sweden: A Summer Adventure

Sweden Raft Adventure ©Hipfel-Starck (4)

Buried deep within the DNA of every human is an urge to make things. Not all of us actually build stuff, of course – and those of us that build don’t always build well. But the urge is still there, and here’s the perfect way to let it loose – captured in photos by Hipfel/Starck. In the spirit of Tom Sawyer, new Irish tour operator Adventure Holidays has a five-day rafting expedition on Sweden’s River Klarälven. Customers arrive to find a big…

23rd Apr

Mayo’s Gourmet Greenway 2.0

Gourmet Greenway - Main Image from 2014

If you build it, they will come. That’s the cliche, and it has certainly proved true with Mayo’s Great Western Greenway. Since the 42km off-road cycling route was launched between Westport and Achill, tourism (and cycling) have been booming in West Mayo. The Greenway itself is just the beginning. In 2011, the Mulranny Park Hotel gathered together 13 artisan food producers along the route to create the Gourmet Greenway food trail. Described by John McKenna as “one of the most brilliant…

22nd Apr

10 of the World’s Coolest Hotel Rooms…

incredible, unusual hotel rooms

Think all hotel rooms are the same? Think again. From converted prisons to jumbo jets and treetop suites, there are plenty of mould-breakers out there – offering an overnight stay that’s a destination in itself. Before you check in, check these out… 1. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island That this five-star Maldivian resort (above) has an underwater restaurant is enough to justify its inclusion among the world’s weirdest and most wonderful hotels. What’s even better is that it turns that restaurant…

21st Apr

A Wexford Wonder: Kelly’s Hotel Art Collection…

art collection, wexford, hotel, rosslare

Did you know there’s an Andy Warhol in Wexford? That’s not all. Wandering the hallways of Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, I’m amazed to chance upon artworks by Louis le Brocquy, Rowan Gillespie and Tony O’Malley among countless others. This is no ordinary art collection. But then again, this is no ordinary hotel. The collection dates back to the 1950s, when artist Kenneth Webb was invited to display his work in the hotel. Billy and Breda Kelly, the hotel owners,…

19th Apr

8 Great Easter Egg Hunts for the Holidays…

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How did Easter egg hunts get so popular? Not so long ago, it seems, the Easter Bunny was content to stash a few Cadbury’s Creme Eggs among spring buds around the garden. Today, they’re multiplying like… erm, bunnies. Here’s a short guide to some of the best. Easter Egg-stravaganza at Westport House, Co. Mayo Westport House (above) has been voted Best Family Visitor Attraction in Ireland by Primary Times magazine three years in a row. Why? Well there’s the Pirate Adventure…

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…