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Speyside, the home of Scot’s whisky, is a Garden of Eden for distillers

Bill Linnane spends a spell on Speyside and discovers how Scottish distillers have a lot to teach the booming Irish whiskey trade.

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Brighton is home to a buzzing and arty alternative society

Brighton? Isn’t it full of spivs with Kiss Me Quick hats tipped at a jaunty angle?

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Arlene Harris returns to stunning Santiago de Compostela in Spain

Almost 30 years years after visiting Santiago de Compostela as a teenager Arlene Harris returned with her family to see if this corner of Spain was as special as she remembered.

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Sorrento, Italy is ‘the best place on earth’

Sorrento is a terrific base to explore the likes of Pompeii and the Isle of Capri, says Tony Clayton-Lea.

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Sit back and watch the world go by in the calm, serene Bruges

It is often overlooked that Bruges is about one hour’s train journey from Brussels city centre.

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See Dublin City through the eyes of a tourist

Tony Clayton-Lea says we take Dublin for granted – it’s time to revisit the city and see it through the eyes of a tourist.

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California: The ultimate beach and surf holiday destination

Ahead of the World Bodysurfing Championships, Kevin Pilley strikes his best Baywatch pose and heads for Oceanside, California, the ultimate beach and surf holiday destination.

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The best of the Wild Atlantic Way

It’s the coastal route where a marketer’s dream meets the reality of world-class scenery. Tony Clayton-Lea sings the virtues of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Rotterdam is a city emerging from the shadow of neighbouring Amsterdam

Rotterdam is presently undergoing a renaissance of sorts, specifically in the areas of arts, culture, night life and fashion.

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Co Clare is essential, profound, and just plain wonderful

From the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher, Tony Clayton-Lea is stone mad for the charms of Co Clare.

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The Safestay hostel in London is Posh – but minus the pricetag

With ‘poshtels’ popping up all over the world, Suzanne Harrington ventures across the water to investigate London’s Safestay hostel.

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Galway has a chilled tribal beat

Galway remains the most idiosyncratic of Irish cities. Tony Clayton-Lea pays a visit to Connaught’s capital.

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Menorca is a truly untapped jewel in Spain’s crown

Paula Burns explores the secret gem of the Balearic Islands, savouring the tapas at exquisite eateries, and soaking up the sounds of the sea at private beaches.

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The insider’s guide to Hollywood

There’s nothing like an insider’s guide to a city. Enter Mark Hayes, the Cork man who moved to LA and ended up hanging out with everyone from Robbie Williams to Robert Sheehan.

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Book a ticket to Las Vegas for great restaurants, nightlife and canyons

DEEP IN THE heart of the unforgiving Mojave desert, built on the site of a former Mormon settlement, lies an oasis of freedom where, as the city’s tagline suggests, anything goes.

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Great taste destinations across the world

Yes, we like the sun, the sea, the sand beneath our feet, and the tourist attractions. But if we’re honest, the majority of us love the food the most. Tony Clayton-Lea highlights his favourite foodie places across the world.

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Discover the wonders and magic of Madeira

Barbara Scully discovered the wonders of a charming Atlantic outpost designed for relaxation.

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Mark your diaries – it’s festival season

Here’s a round up of some of the best festival line-up’s country-wide, from Ailin Quinlan.

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Tips on how to save money while on holiday

Want to keep costs down on your summer holiday this year? From banking to bottled water, Tony Clayton-Lea has a dozen ways to save.

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7 of the best destinations close to Europe’s top airports

Bored of London and Brussels? Then try Oxford and Bruges instead. Tony Clayton-Lea picks the best destinations 30 miles from Europe’s top airports. 

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Swept away by the Canary Islands

IT’S the sameness that gets to us – that sinking feeling on arrival at a holiday destination, that it’s as similar to home as makes no difference. 

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Feel like King Cong at Ashford Castle

It’s the little things about Ashford Castle that makes a stay there so enjoyable, writes Conall Ó Fátharta.    

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Working for a better future for all in Malawi

A women’s co-operative in Malawi shows that people can learn to help themselves with great results, writes Isabel Conway.

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24 hours in Brussels, the capital of Belgium

The administrative seat of the EU is also a fun, beautiful city of elegant restaurants, splendid architecture and museums, says Tony Clayton-Lea.

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Add some vino to Venice for a perfect Veneto trip

Tony Clayton-Lea flies into Venice and makes his way around one of Italy’s most famous regions to experience beautiful landscapes, hidden gems, vineyards and glorious late spring sunshine

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Basking in Bali for a bliss family reunion

Barbara Scully is, by her own admission, a full-blown Irish Mammy who travels half way round the world to see her Australian-based daughter. This time round, the family all met up in the Indonesian island of Bali for an alternative

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Vienna has culture, history, cuisine and above all, class

As the city prepares to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, Arlene Harris samples the delights of Vienna.

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Mexico City is huge, and a sight to behold

Richard Fitzpatrick visits the massive urban sprawl of Mexico City which has a surprisingly spacious and uncrowded feel to it; however getting around isn’t so easy and taxi drivers will most likely take you for a ride.

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MALTA: A hot attraction with a chilled side... any time of the year

Darren Norris visited the Mediterranean nation with the preconceived idea that it was only for the middle-aged and upwards — and only to be explored in the summer. He was wrong on both counts, he admits.

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