Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Country music fans will be interested in an October Tour America trip accompanied by TV personality Phil Mack that takes in Memphis and Nashville as well as lots in between.
Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

The price from Dublin comes in at €2,499 but flights are also available from Heathrow/Glasgow for £1969 sterling. Departure is on October 13 for nine days. Information on

Tropical Sky is currently offering deals in Sri Lanka and Barbados, with savings of €390 - €510. Seven nights at the four-star Club Hotel Dolphin, Waikkal, between September and October, now cost €1,149 per person on an all-inclusive basis with flights out of Dublin. If you long wanted to savour Barbados, book before June 15 for seven nights at the SoCo Hotel for €1,499. Visit or call 01 664 9999.

Fermanagh has a new water taxi service which means you will be able to take in the delights of Lough Erne like never before. The chauffeur-driven boat will bring a buzz to your trip and is a great way to visit its many lakeside venues offering food, hospitality and entertainment. The service provides clients with a pick-up and drop-off service from any accessible jetty on the lough and also offers a range of tours of the lake including a new Food Trail. Overnight deals are available. For information, check out

Stena Line has again linked up with Oakwood Theme Park in South Wales to facilitate one-day visits to the award winning tourism destination. Stena has created two ticket inclusive packages with car access at €51 per person return (car plus four people) or travel by foot from € 59 per person return including coach transfers. The After Dark experience is available on selected dates in July and August. Go to

Shandon Travel is currently casting a wide net to include deals in places such as Vietnam, Dubai, India and South Africa in the coming months. With flights from Cork or Dublin, five nights in Dubai is on offer from €569. Via Dubai, there’s a 12-night deal in Vietnam from €1,045 but India and South Africa are pitched higher – between €1,150 and 1,600. Details on 021-427 7094 or check out

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