Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Beautiful Bahamas
A week in the Bahamas is available for €1,850 with Platinum Travel. 

Flying from Dublin in November, accommodation with private terrace is at the Beach Tower in Atlantis. 

The company also offers fly-drives to Colorado for nine to 14 nights. Prices from €1,099. Call 01 8535000 or email 

Ancient East

Ireland’s Ancient East provides a number of options for visits over the school holidays. 

Loughcrew Adventure Centre in Meath houses the longest zip-line in Ireland and Carlingford Adventure Centre in Louth is long established with all sorts of activities available. 

There’s also Birr Castle, Cavan Burren Park, the Irish National Stud in Kildare, and Shandon in Cork. Check out 

Corfu deals

Night owls have long been drawn to Corfu where the lively atmosphere caters for everyone, from atmospheric bars of Gouvia to late nightclubs on the strip of Kavos, whether looking for a laid-back evening or to party til dawn. 

There are good deals to be had this year too. Peaking at €525 for a week on July 19, the prices drop to €369 in August and to €249 in September. 

Cassidy Travel has details at 

Caribbean cruise

Cork-based company Barter Travel is marketing a Western Caribbean cruise on September 10 to include full board cruise and return flights out of Dublin. 

Prices for seven nights start from €1,489 and the journey is with Royal Caribbean on Oasis of the Seas, one of the largest cruise ships afloat. 

It has award winning kids and teen clubs amongst the facilities. Contact J Barter at 021-4851700 or visit 


Crystal Holidays is ahead of the game by offering early booking deals to Europe’s holiday parks for 2017. 

To attract customers at this point, the company will give up to 30 discounts for selected bookings in May and June of next year, low deposits of €130 per mobile and group discounts of up to 50%. 

A sample price is for seven nights in Bella Italia (Lake Garda) for €660 per person. 

Price includes return flights and transfers and travel is on June 24, 2017. For a brochure, call 01 4331056 or visit 


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