Travelling With Brendan Harding
One of the best things about being a travel writer is the people you meet. When you’re abroad you tend to be more open to chatting to complete strangers, well at least I am. The world seems friendlier when you’re on holidays, perhaps it’s the sunshine and leisurely liquid lunches, either way, it’s refreshing and one of my favourite things about travelling. Read more
The Rugged West – Co. Mayo
The west coast of Ireland has drawn artists from around the world for years. They come in hope of capturing the mystical beauty of the rugged coast and wild interior on their white canvas. While Kerry and Galway may be more widely visited, Mayo has a unique and seemingly quiet beauty. A relatively lightly populated county, it has wide, untouched expanses of fields in the south and barren mountainous land in the north. Read more
Whirlwind Weekends Away
Life moves at a fast pace and generally when I’m booking a break away I’ll look for somewhere we can enjoy beautiful views, peace and quiet. However, every now and then I want to be surrounded by the sounds and smells of a new city. I want to explore and discover. Read more
24 Hours In Istanbul
While I realize it’s not possible to truly see a city in 24 hours, no matter the size, it is possible to get a taste for it. Memories can be created in seconds, and I managed to create plenty in my 24 hours in Istanbul.
Yeats County, Sligo
The beauty of Sligo inspired much of the poetry of W.B Yeats and the paintings of his brother Jack. Through their words and paintings, Sligo’s verdant rolling hills, sweeping beaches, myriad of lakes and romantic forests have been immortalised.
Love Is In The Air
I don’t subscribe to Valentine’s Day. Not because I don’t believe in romance, on the contrary, I believe in spontaneous romance. Read more
Chasing Blue Skies in Co. Limerick
I’m spending quite a bit of time on the road at the moment and I have to confess, the rain clouds are following me everywhere. Floods, snow showers, torrential rain and sleet. I spend half my time searching for little patches of blue sky so I might get out of my car without getting drenched. Read more
The Sunny South-East – Co. Wexford
Having spent much of my childhood summers in a caravan near Gorey, Co. Wexford, my memories are of long stretches of sandy beaches, bustling towns and BBQ’s. While I know the coastline from Wicklow down as far as Rosslare pretty well, when I was writing the Time Out Guide I had to explore the southern part of the county. During my trip I fell in love with the weather crafted Hook Peninsula and the area around it. Read more
I’m not sure what made me decide to do it, but one day I decided to quit my very stable and well-paid job, pack my bags and travel Asia on my own for four months. I wanted to see more of the world at my own pace, to my own agenda and write all about it. Within 6 weeks of making my decision, I was on a plane to Vietnam with nothing more than a guide book to South-East Asia, a new camera, a pad and pen and a vague idea of where I wanted to go.