They say to find a man’s true character, you must play golf with him... a frightening prospect for anyone unfortunate enough to be paired with this lumberjack.More
Every country has its hidden gems, but it’s possible that Portugal has more than most in its collection of pousadas — or high-end historic lodging houses. Tony Clayton-Lea travelled to Portugal to road-test a few of these palatial pousadas, as well as taking in the Portuguese interior.
THE waitress in Kinsale’s cosy cafe, Poet’s Corner, confides: “if you were to listen to all the chat and gossip in here, you would have enough material for ten novels.”More
Tony Clayton-Lea says time is of the essence if you don’t want to be left behind - and early booking is crucial when it comes to popular sun destinations.
Here are 10 of our favourite places to buy cake in the French capital, Paris.More
Norway may be expensive, but the experiences of getting up close with whales and catching the sacred Northern Lights are most definitely worth it, writes Manchán Magan.More
Although a late convert, Eoin English is smitten with family holidays ‘en France’.More
Lucy McCarthy, 16, stepped out of her comfort zone to immerse herself in a two-month trip of a lifetime. It proved to be a class adventure.
Stoke up romance and book a getaway together in Ireland, away from the madding crowds. Pamper yourselves in a spa, have your fill of love in a top class restaurant, or get dreamy under the stars on a romantic moonlight paddle.More
TRAVEL and how we experience that longed-for getaway, be it in the sun, snow, wilderness or a city break, changes faster than those enticing last-minute holiday package offers posted in your local travel agency shopfront.
Elizabeth O’Neill joined an international crew circumnavigating the island of Cuba.
Martina Tyrrell and her husband packed in their jobs, bought a boat and with some trepidation, sailed off into the sunset with their young family.
Research is key when planning a fulfilling — and financially viable — break. Among other things, it pays to shop around and be flexible in terms of your travel days, writes Tony Clayton-Lea.
Alan Shortt quickly finds his feet in Austria’s Kitzbueheler Alps and discovers zooming down the slopes, arms outstretched, is the closest a man can get to flying without wings.
Fascinated with Nordic Noir and Scandinavian street fashion, Michelle Doyle wasn’t disappointed with a visit to the Swedish capital where cool truly rules.
Conall Ó Fátharta hits the slopes as a beginner, in Austria, and discovers the thrill of the descent as well as a true sense of achievement, which make his aches and pains more tolerable and a beer more welcome.More
Twixtmas, you say? What’s that when it’s at home tucked up with a hot water bottle and a hot whiskey?
Bill Linnane enrolled in Midleton Distillery’s Irish Whiskey Academy, where, after learning how whiskey has been produced on the site for 200 years, he savoured the spirit direct from cask and even blended his own.
It’s all about the food, apparently. And intellectual pursuits. And let’s not forget bricks.
The train from the airport to Munich’s Hauptbahnhof train station, is a very precise 50 minute ride.More
From cosy comfy country hotels to über-cool cities and snowdust covered cottages Tony Clayton-Lea has got every yuletide base coveredMore
CHAMPAGNE. The word needs little explanation to any adult and is almost guaranteed to conjure up a memory or two.
Dan Buckley enjoys the royal sport of falconry and takes in the sights of the majestic Corrib at the Lodge at Ashford Castle.More
You may not be able to catch the St Andrew’s Day celebrations next week, but there is never a bad time to visit Edinburgh, says Denise O'Donoghue.More
An awestruck Geoff Power is smitten after his close encounters with gorillas deep in the heart of Africa.
The Portuguese capital Lisbon has an abundance of beautiful buildings that hark back to its golden past. Eoghan Cormican stretches his feet to check out the Tower of Belém, Vasco de Gama’s tomb and many other attractions, such as the old town.
The tradition of Christmas markets dates back to the late-Middle Ages throughout the German-speaking regions of Europe, but these days they pop up all over the world. Tony Clayton-Lea chooses the best and most atmospheric to visit in the UK and Europe.More
Jennifer Hough says Nova Scotia’s Irish immigrant influences are obvious, but it also has its own charm.
Tell someone you are visiting Portugal and they assume you are visiting the Algarve on a sun or golf holiday, or perhaps taking a weekend break in Lisbon.
I AWOKE with techno music still beating in my head.More
Street food is hugely popular in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, but follow the locals’ choice, says Sarah Harte.More
Conor Power dodges the pigeons as he pounds the pavements of the Eternal City while visiting its churches and chapels on the trail of the fast and furious Caravaggio — famed as both genius and sociopath.More