Rosé and bathrobes for a relaxing trip to the west

Travel Bag: Ireland’s Ancient East region gets new ferry service and Waterford arts festival kicks off

 The Lodge at Ashford Castle,  which overlooks  Lough Corrib, is offering a new restorative getaway – The Robe, Rosé & Relax package – for €320pps

The Lodge at Ashford Castle, which overlooks Lough Corrib, is offering a new restorative getaway – The Robe, Rosé & Relax package – for €320pps

 

Lodge Leisure

Take yourself west this month to the picturesque village of Cong, where The Lodge at Ashford Castle is offering a restorative getaway for two.

The hotel – which this week came second in the Condé Nast Traveler award for best hotels in Ireland – is offering the Robe, Rosé & Relax package includes a two-night stay in a Quay Suite with breakfast each morning, complimentary bottle of rosé on arrival and complimentary room-service from the new Quay Bar Bites menu on an evening of your choice.

You’ll also be treated to a Dermalogica facial for each person and bath salts from the Handmade Soap Company. From €320 per person sharing, see thelodgeac.com for more. 

Ferry Well 

A new ferry service has launched in Greenore in Co Louth and Greencastle in Co Down in a bid to help tourists see more of the area. The new route served by Carlingford Ferry will save passengers almost 90 minutes on the road.

Tourist attractions in the area include the Cooley and Mourne peninsulas and the Mourne Mountains.

For more see irelandsancienteast.com

Imagine That

Waterford’s Imagine Arts Festival kicks off this weekend, with 10 days of culture, music, entertainment and family fun. The programme includes 120 acts and performances for all tastes and ages, with 58 of those events free of charge.

For families, be sure to check out the puppet-making workshops and Waterford’s biggest ever flour fight, taking place at the Apple Market on Sunday, October 22nd.

For more see imagineartsfestival.com

Explore England’s Unesco-designated Lake District by rail with McKinlay Kidd which specialises in unique travel experiences in Ireland, England and Scotland
Explore England’s Unesco-designated Lake District by rail with McKinlay Kidd which specialises in unique travel experiences in Ireland, England and Scotland

 

Guide It Yourself

McKinlay Kidd, a company that creates unique travel experiences, has launched six new self-guided trips for 2018 across Ireland, England and Scotland.

You could hit the road uncovering Scotland’s scenic north coast in a Tesla electric car, explore England’s Unesco-designated Lake District by rail, or embark on a specially curated self-drive road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, staying in B&Bs, small hotels and guest houses along the way with guided tours and top spots to help make the most of the journey.

For details on each of the new experiences, visit mckinlaykidd.com

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