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ROMANTIC GETAWAYS - TEN OF THE BEST
Although mid February may be a clichéd time to take a romantic break, there is never a bad time to plot and plan - and these are just a few of our favourite romantic destinations in Ireland to get you thinking …
NEWCOMERS - TEN OF THE BEST
It has been an exhilarating year in Irish food and hospitality, with visitor numbers surging and a host of exciting new openings - sometimes hard to keep track of in fact, in the cities especially. Here are just a few of the new places that we particularly enjoyed this year, some a little newer than others but all well worth a try.
FESTIVE BREAKS - TEN OF THE BEST
Twixmas, that quiet gap between Christmas and New Year, can be just the ticket for a refreshing post-Christmas recovery break and often offers great value too. This month’s choices focus mainly on that in between time, but most of the hotels selected are also open for Christmas and New Year, and some have interesting pre-Christmas packages on offer too.
HARVEST BREAKS & VEGETARIAN COOKING
Georgina Campbell suggests some interesting destinations for an off-season break at this time of plenty. These are just a few of the places where nature's bounty is celebrated in wonderful ways: foraging expeditions, cookery courses and, of course, delicious seasonal meals that make the most of the harvest - often with a special focus on vegetarian cooking
AUTUMN BREAKS - 10 OF THE BEST
Autumn is perhaps the loveliest time of the year to enjoy gentle outdoor pursuits like woodland walks and foraging, and there are plenty of tempting places to stay that are surrounded by wonderful forested grounds or with parkland or gardens to visit nearby - and, perhaps, more challenging routes for dedicated walkers. Here are just ten of our favourites to think about...