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A world apart in West Cork...

By Colin McAlpin

IT isn’t just a bunch of the boys who whoop it up in beautiful West Cork … it’s the sort of place where everybody feels on top of the world. West Cork, indeed, is a world apart.

Gerry Burke, who runs Coastal Guided Walks in the area around Clonakilty, is also a well-known actor – he was in Braveheart – so, since this is West Cork, a walk along the seashore, through a flower-filled forest, reciting the ballads of Robert W. Service seems to come naturally. And for good measure we threw in a couple of Percy French songs since Gerry is also a big fan of the Mournes.



Biggar and better for Burns’ weekend

Address to a Haggis is a ‘Rabbie’ Burns classic, and an offally good one at that! KIRSTY WILKIE headed to Biggar for a traditional and relaxing Burns’ weekend...

IT was an early start for us - we are never usually wake at 4.30am on a Saturday morning - but we had a ferry to catch and didn't want to miss it. The 7.30am Stena Line ferry to Cairnryan left on time, with the three of us safely onboard. I am a pretty regular ferry traveller, choosing it before flying (of which I have developed a fear) but this was my first time onboard one of the new ferries serving Loch Ryan port.



It’s a dog’s life in County Wicklow

KIRSTY WILKIE took a short break in one of the increasing number of ‘dog-friendly’ hotels...

WHETHER it's a village B&B or the 5* Claridges in Mayfair, most hotels now allow dogs to stay with their owners. As a dog owner myself, I think this is a fantastic idea, and one that not many people know about! Our one concern about getting a pup was that we might have to leave him behind when we travelled - but we needn't have worried. On a recent trip to the Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow we simply packed our cases, strapped the dog (Turf) into the car and hit the motorway.



On rooftop of the world...


, a regular contributor to Northern Ireland Travel News, reports from Tajikistan, on the borders of Afghanistan where she has been based for the past couple of years...

ATAJIKISTAN, a mountainous, landlocked Central Asian country might not be your first choice when planning the long-awaited holiday, but this former Soviet gem offers untainted hospitality, a healthy mix of traditional and contemporary approaches, and great organic food.



New route, new ferries, new traffic

One year on, passenger numbers are up on Stena Line’s new Cairnryan route... as KIRSTY WILKIE reports...

IT has been just over a year since services began on Stena Line’s new Belfast to Cairnryan route - with the introduction of two of the largest ferries ever to sail between Northern Ireland and Scotland - and a new state-of-the-art Loch Ryan Port at Cairnryan was opened.



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