Who says you need to go abroad to experience all the food and fun of a Christmas market? Add this one to your pre-Chrimbo ‘must-do in Dublin’ list, stat: the Gibson Hotel’s glorious Christmas food market is open once again, hurrah! Transforming the hotel courtyard into a mini-German Christmas market, this winter wonderland includes cute little chalets bubbling over with hearty festive favourites Santa Claus would totally approve of.
The Wild Atlantic Way might be stealing everyone’s tourism thunder this year but there’s another route slightly further north that avid roadtrippers shouldn’t miss.
Driving along the Causeway Coast – from Belfast Lough to the North Antrim coast and all that lies between – is one of the most scenic routes in Ireland, if not the world. Fact. Offering 120 miles of stunning sights and awash with natural beauty, this coastal route is also home to some of Northern Ireland’s most photographed landmarks and enough natural beauty to charm any intrepid traveller.
As well as passing through valleys and villages and spotting historic ruins, unspoilt beaches and rugged cliffs, you can even catch a glimpse of south west Scotland across the water. Gorgeous.
Dublin hotel The Gibson just upped its art game by announcing urban street artist Fin Dac as its artist in residence. Continue reading News: Fin Dac at The Gibson, Dublin
Guess which city I’ve been to most in the last two years. Clue: it isn’t London, it’s not New York (I wish!) and it’s not Paris. Give up? It’s Belfast. Yes, really. Much as I love Belfast I think you need to plan what you’re gonna get up to before you arrive or else you can end up flailing about and wondering what the big deal is. With this in mind, here’s six of my favourite things to do in Belfast to guarantee you see a sizable chunk of what this city has to offer in one fast-paced weekend. FYI it’s mostly for people who’ve never been so if you’re a local and my choices disgust you…I don’t want to know! (Joke – tell me your picks!)
Eagle eyed readers will remember I gushed about my love of Kerry here. Guess what? I’m doing it again now! Yes, Kerry is possibly my favourite place in Ireland. I know it’s an obvious choice and some would argue it’s shamelessly touristy but Kerry’s scenic beauty, traditional charm and cosy hospitality make it a 10/10 Irish destination in my book. What’s more, Killarney has a seemingly endless amount of quality places to stay from homely B&Bs to plush four and five star hotels. Wanna know my favourite so far? The Brehon.
So you want to visit Northern Ireland but you want to go somewhere a bit more off the beaten track and less been-there-done-that than the Causeway Coast (which is seriously stunning nonetheless) or Belfast city? Take a trip to “the forgotten county” of Fermanagh, site of this year’s G8 summit and a place that’s angling for top position as my favourite place in Northern Ireland.
Here are my top tips for things to do in Fermanagh:
So you’re going to be in Dublin and you want to know where the cool kids stay? Let me tell you…
In my mind I divide hotels into three categories: first, there’s kind that’s so lovely you could take your mam to it. Secondly, there’s the semi-fancy kind you and your friends or you and your Ryan Gosling-esque (if you squint) boyfriend can take over for a weekend. Then there’s the third category and the most elusive one of all – the super-stylish hotel where you expect to see a fashion shoot taking place at each turn. Dublin’s Gibson Hotel is the latter.