As I roll along a narrow country road behind yet another country road being yet another tractor in no hurry, I take the chance to poke to my head out of the car window. Sprawling paddocks dip into a huge body of water and the grass is an impossible shade of green, like it has been touched up in Photoshop. Sheep turn their heads and walk towards me as if they are the welcoming party for the wild west of Ireland - it seems Irish hospitality knows no bounds. Read more about Drive the Southwest Peninsula, Ireland
There’s nowhere quite like Ireland, and that’s especially true when the sun shines. With beaches that belong in the Caribbean and striking scenery, it is only a short hop over the sea from UK mainland. Sure, the Irish summer might not have the guaranteed heat of the Mediterranean, but what it lacks in scorching temperatures it more than makes up for with gorgeous countryside, an abundance of seafood and a hefty dose of 'craic'. And even if the weather isn’t in your favour, you can always be sure of a snug, cosy pub to warm the cockles. Read more about 5 Reasons to Visit Ireland in the Summer
On your arrival into Dublin you will need something to eat, which shouldn't be a problem. The rolling hills of Ireland are blessed with some of the best produce in Europe, which has made easy for you to find something to your liking. The idea of the gastropub took a while to reach the Irish capital, and most boozers still don’t sell decent food because, frankly, it’s all about the Guinness. But head past the pumps at L Mulligan Grocer to the small upstairs dining room and you’ll find some of the city’s most exciting cooking. Read more about Stay Up All Night in Dublin
What do you look for in your ideal city break? Well, if it’s just for a few days or the weekend, you must be able to get there quickly and easily. The city also has to offer memorable experiences, amazing sights, great culture, wonderful cuisine, warm hospitality and tick all the boxes that make it a must visit destination. Because of its closeness to the UK and the rest of Europe, its great holiday experience or short break that won’t break the bank. Read more about Have a Craic City Break in Belfast and Dublin
Irish hospitality is legendary – it even comes with its own vocabulary whether in Belfast to the north or Dublin to the south. Enjoying ‘the craic’ is part of the culture, and these cosmopolitan, cool and charismatic capital cities charm the visitor with their history and heritage, good food, great nighlife, live music and amazing museums. Plus, at this time of the year, there’s fantastic festive markets to add to the list.
One of the undeniable must-sees in the north is the state-of-the-art Titanic Belfast, housed in an iconic six-floor building, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. Read more about Christmas City Break In Dublin or Belfast
For this short break idea we have collated a list of marathon events around the world form the for north to the deep south with a mix of weather conditions. This list offers a world of inspiring locations famous for their long distance races and their breathtaking attractions. Read more about Run a Marathon Around the World
If you are in Ireland or planning to visit Ireland as part of a short break, then let me suggest the town of Sneem - a gentler side of Ireland. Sneem is located at the very edge of the Kerry Coast (south western Ireland) over looking the Atlantic Ocean. It is about five hours drive down from Dublin and covers some of Irelands most breath taking scenery – beautiful maintains, and the Lakes of Killarney, they are unforgettable. Read more about Visit the Irish Town of Sneem