Tag Archives: ecotourism Ireland

Dear Old Inishowen

The audience cheered at the end of Jimmy McLaughlin’s rendition of ‘Dear Old Inishowen’, not only because of his fine a cappella accomplishment but also because he was singing it in McGrory’s front bar in Culdaff, the heart of his … Continue reading

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Kayaking down Mexico way: Irish style

I say it again and again – kayakers are cool. I get the chance to kayak a lot on my travels, and kayaking guides are, nearly without exception,  fun to be with, informative, caring and sharing. And these guys, Atlantic … Continue reading

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Walking and talking the Seven Heads of Clonakilty, West Cork

‘He’s a really good head’ is something you will often hear in Ireland. It’s a colloquialism for a person who is truly decent. So when I decided to take on the Seven Heads Walk around the coastline between West Cork’s … Continue reading

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Wild Walls Cycle Derry-Londonderry Sunday 12 May 2013

I travelled around Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland with this company recently and was blown away not only by the fierce wind, but also by their fiercely committed approach to truly responsible tourism. I will be writing more about … Continue reading

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‘Wild’ down the Wicklow Way

  ‘WILD!” is how my dad described something that was so good it had an emotional impact on him. It would be shouted enthusiastically, with warm Northern brogue at the sight of an amazing view, the taste of a fine wine … Continue reading

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Food heroes in Irish tourism

Food is what brings most of us together at Christmas. You can have the decorated tree and loads of presents under it, but it is the smell of a baked ham, the sharing of some of granny’s Christmas cake, or … Continue reading

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The inner green Ring of Kerry

If you think that the Ring of Kerry is just for coachloads of tourists, it’s time to head ‘off piste’ with a man who knows the best shores to paddle off, peaks to conquer, and cliffs to climb  Nathan Kingerlee, … Continue reading

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Family fishing holiday in Ireland

There is a growing trend on Twitter for #PostiveIreland entries: stories of Irish people who are turning recession and depression into a renaissance of creativity and resourcefulness. This is as tangible in tourism as anywhere else and Dúlra Nature Tours … Continue reading

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Teapot Lane Luxury Yurt Camp, Leitrim Ireland – so cute it’s camp

While the rest of Europe has gone ‘glamping’ crazy,Ireland is still playing catch up.  In some ways this is a good thing, with the UK and France offering such a plethora of posh pitches now, it almost has me pining … Continue reading

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Ballynahinch Castle – wins my crown of Connemara

Not only has Connemara’s Ballynahinch Castle Hotel got sixty five candles to light for its current birthday celebrations, but it has close to that many ethical flags to fly too. With a heart stoppingly gorgeous location overlooking it’s own (Ballynahinch) … Continue reading

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