Christmas Travel: Six Great Stocking Fillers…

17th December 2013
Pól Ó Conghaile

Looking for some last minute stocking fillers? Look no further…

The Leopardstown Races…

Want a fix of Christmas travel? The Leopardstown Races (above) are an integral part of Dublin’s Christmas calendar – a famous few days of fun running from December 26-29. Bewley’s Hotel in Leopardstown is backing a winner too, with B&B, transfers and admission from just €49.50pp. That’s a steal. See bewleyshotels.com.

Vouchers, vouchers, vouchers…

Ok, they’re not exactly the most imaginative of gifts. But what other idea can you print off at 11.59pm on Christmas Eve? Try Ireland’s Blue Book (Irelands-blue-book.ie) for stays or meals in member properties from €100 upwards, Aer Lingus or Ryanair for flight contributions from as little as €25, or Travel Department (traveldepartment.ie) for escorted holidays.

Afternoon Delight…

Westbury Hotel, afternoon tea

Not everyone can afford to splash out on a five-star hotel for Christmas. But don’t give up on the idea just yet – because not every five-star experience has to involve an overnight stay. Dublin’s Westbury Hotel is offering a Christmas Afternoon Tea along with a glass of bubbles from €42pp. The hotel is doing gift cards too starting from €20 too. Doylecollection.com.

Ski in Northern Ireland…

Yes, you read that right. Northern Ireland’s first indoor Ski and Adventure Centre, We Are Vertigo, has opened its doors at Belfast’s Newtownbreda Industrial Estate. The slopes are designed to help people learn up to five times faster than the piste, and encourage muscle memory to boot. There’s an adventure centre stuffed with high ropes, a climbing wall, electric quads and a 40m zip-line too. Gift voucher, anyone? Wearevertigo.com.

Pink Pitstops…

cliff town house restaurant review

Dublin’s Cliff Townhouse has clearly put its thinking cap on this Christmas. Gift ideas range from a ‘Pink Pitstop’ offering a bottle of pink sparkling wine and two desserts for €32, a seafood platter with a bottle of Cremant d’Alsace for two at €90, or an overnight with dinner, a glass of champagne and breakfast from €273. theclifftownhouse.com.

Inspector Gadget…

Here’s an online shop that does what it says on the tin, providing all sorts of nifty gadgets for frequent flyers. Travel Shop’s gift options include a USB razor chargeable at any USB port, a Life Straw ensuring you have access to safe drinking water, or a USB travel adaptor allowing you to adapt and charge from plug sockets all over the planet. Travelshop.ie.

NB. All prices correct going to press, but subject to availability and change.