Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

News likely to appeal to families with toddlers seeking a break this autumn is the announcement from Irish Ferries of a late summer/ early autumn deal at a number of UK Haven Holiday parks.

Savings of €35 to €60 are available on four- and seven-night breaks are available at several popular parks.

Bookings must be made by August 31 for arrival dates between September 19 and October 20.

Prices range between €395 and €559 for up to four people inclusive of return ferry travel.

Call 0818 300 400 or visit 

* California draws many sun-loving vacationers. Los Angeles, with its glamorous suburbs of Hollywood and Beverly Hills, attracts shoppers and sightseers, while San Francisco is a tourist favourite.

Tour America has deals from Ireland, four night San Francisco or Los Angeles city breaks from €659 or €689 in March (four sharing); a California fly-drive package is available from €859 in April. 

* A series of fly-cruise (free drinks) packages to the Persian Gulf is on sale with Travelfox in December, January and February. Prices start from €1,069 for a week on board the four-star MSC Fantasia where clients can choose from six restaurants and 15 bars and cafes.

With four onboard swimming pools, five jacuzzis, a gym and a spa, as well as a programme of live entertainment, time is expected to slip by quickly.


* Quest Achill is a one-day adventure race with a choice of distances: 18km mini; 31km sport and 63km expert combining trail running, cycling and kayaking on September 3.

Previously known as the Achill Roar, this event has been expanded to make it suitable for all levels. Entry is €85 (€90 online) at

Also register at the Great Outdoors in Dublin and O’Sullivan Outdoor Store in Killarney.

* Spain’s La Manga Club has value on golf breaks in autumn and winter. Accommodation is in its five-star Hotel Principe Felipe, with all packages including use of Spa La Manga Club’s fitness centre, pool, saunas and steam rooms.

Seven-night breaks are available. Prices start from €525 per person including five nights’ accommodation, four rounds, breakfast and taxes.



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