Singles go for a stroll

VALENTINE’S Day isn’t all about chocolates and romantic meals out, especially for the many singles out there.

For those on the look, Footfalls Walking Holidays have put together a special singles walking festival which takes place in the couple of days before the big occasion, Saturday and Sunday, February 12 and 13.

The weekend starts off with a welcome champagne breakfast in the Wicklow Heather restaurant before a leisurely walk through Ballard Forest, around Trooperstown Hill and down to the scenic Vale of Clara in time for lunch on the banks of the Avonmore River.

A walk through Clara’s Natural woodlands Nature Reserve in the afternoon will be followed by dinner, music and craic later that evening.

The second day’s walk will centre on the valley of Glendalough before finishing up on the Sunday at about 4pm. It costs €140 inclusive of those guided walks, overnight bed and breakfast at Trooperstown Wood Lodge and packed lunches. Bookings online at or by phoning 0404-45152.

- FOR those who can’t wait until summer for their sunshine fix, Trailfinders is offering a seven-night beach break to Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives from €1,949 per person, based on two sharing.

This is only available on bookings until February 1, and is for selected departures until March 31. The price includes return flights from Dublin (via Gatwick) with British Airways, one overnight stay in a Gatwick hotel, accommodation in a deluxe room on a half-board basis, resort speedboat transfers, taxes and surcharges. Details on, 01-8814994 or 021-4648888.

- MAP Travel, together with Lorna Roberts, has been appointed the first official agent in Ireland for the Paradores of Spain, following years of experience in the market during which they have gained a huge knowledge of a unique product.

Cultural tourism is growing in popularity and Spain offers some of the most fascinating hotels in Europe. The Paradores of Spain are former medieval castles, Moorish fortresses, ancient monasteries, charming palaces, convents and stately manor houses — places of great historical interest and rare charm now converted into hotels of which there are 93 in total.

Details on or by phone on 01-8783111.

- Disneyland Paris is offering three months of reduced prices. Clients arriving between now and April 5 can avail of free accommodation and theme park entry for the under 12s. Abbey Travel has family stopover packages for two adults and the two free children starting from €514 on selected dates. Contact 01-8047100 or

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