Travel digest with Barry Couglan

Exploring Edinburgh
Edinburgh is an anytime of the year option for visits, with plenty of culture and shopping all rolled into one package on tap.

A current deal offered by has scope to explore Edinburgh Castle, the National War Museum of Scotland and much more besides for a decent price of €132.50. 

The deal is for two nights out of Dublin on November 27 and includes accommodation at the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Queensferry. Check out or

Mid-term luxury break

Expect to pay more than €3,300, but for that, Classic Collection will provide a luxurious February mid-term all-inclusive holiday for a family of four in Fuerteventura. Once the booking is made there won’t be much more to spend.

The company offers the four-star SBH Monica Beach for a February 17 departure date out of Dublin with flights, accommodation and private transfers thrown in. Telephone 01 5413000 or visit

Christmas hotel packages

There will be Christmas hotel packages in abundance throughout Ireland, one of them from Cork’s River Lee. From Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, January 22, the hotel offers a Christmas pantomime package to include a family ticket to see Cinderella at the Cork Opera House.

The deal offers an overnight stay from €209 in total and clients will have full use of the leisure facilities. Tel 021 4937790 or visit

Early bargains for 2017

Falcon Holidays and Thomson are already planning for 2017 with low booking deposits and thousands of free child places for bargain hunters. Details: visit;, call 1850 45 35 45 or contact any local travel agent.

Caribbean package savings

There are 20 more days to save up to €900 on a seven-night Caribbean holiday with Tropical Sky. 

The company has cut-price deals to St Lucia, staying at the Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa, with the cost now from €1,729 per person sharing. Departures from Dublin are between January 9 and February 28 but bookings must be made before November 25.

The deal is all-inclusive at a hotel set in 85 acres. 

Uniquely, accommodation can be either in adult-only or family-friendly wings. Details on or 01 664 9999.


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