Monday, September 29, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Little Tour of Russia

Little Tour of Russia

Included Features

  • First class hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Touring by modern motor-coach
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Luggage handling
  • Headsets will be provided for included sightseeing tours, so you can easily hear your guide's commentary


  • Moscow
  • Novgorod
  • St. Petersburg


Please note - a visa is required for travel into Russia.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Moll's Gap, Wild Atlantic Way

Moll's Gap, Ring of Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Moll's Gap is a pass on the N71 road from Kenmare to Killarney in County Kerry Ireland. On the Ring of Kerry route, with views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountains, the area and its shop is a panoramic spot visited by thousands of tourists each year. The rocks at Moll's gap are formed of Old Red Sandstone.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Lyrath Estate Hotel

Lyrath Estate Hotel

Dublin Road : Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny : IRELAND : Phone 056-776-0088

The hallmark of all our rooms at the Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny is simple: luxury and elegant accommodation in a contemporary style.
Separate from the main body of the hotel on warm-toned, softly lit corridors, our rooms are a quiet, private haven; a personal space where you can unwind, kick back and disappear from the wider world.

Luxury Kilkenny Accommodation doesn’t come any better.

Lyrath Estate Hotel is proud to say that the National body representing the professional interests of the accommodation industry throughout Ireland the IASI awarded Lyrath Estate in 2009 with the “5 Star Gold Award” and the “supreme Winner Award”. In 2010 we proudly received once again the “5 Star Gold Award”.

The IASI is very active in promoting best practice standards across the accommodation field. Annually the I.A.S.I. send to the accommodation provider, a list of standards which they feel should be met in order to be eligible for an award. Members & Non-Members alike can enter in the hope of receiving these highly coveted award.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Highlights of Austria

Highlights of Austria -with Guaranteed Departures!

A vacation in Austria bestows many moments of bliss that will remain with you long after you leave. A selection of extraordinary travel experiences, stunning vistas, imposing Alpine peaks, beautiful lakes, majestic rivers and historical cities will ensure that your trip will be an impressing and unforgettable moment in your life.

Tour Highlights:

  • 8 Meals -Breakfast & Dinner
  • Sightseeing includes Munich, Passau, Linz, Durstein, Melk, Vienna, Salzburg, Berchtesgaden, Chiemsee
  • Maximum group size of 24 participants
  • Private tour of same itinerary can be arranged, call for prices

Your Highlights of Austria tour includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Munich Airport to Munich Hotel on day 02
  • Seven (7) nights accommodations in superior and first class hotels
  • Breakfast daily, except for morning of arrival)
  • Traditional Bavarian dinner in Munich
  • Transportation by car, minivan or bus for duration (depending on number of participants)
  • English speaking tour guide on days 03-08 (driver/guide for groups of 7 or less)
  • Admission to Eagle’s Nest
  • Admission to Abbey Melk
  • Ticket for cable car to Mount Zwolferhorn
  • Visit a local brewery for a beer tasting
  • Touring including Marienplatz Square, Mirabell Gardens, scenic drives of Lake Wolfgang and the Bavarian mountains
  • Luggage handling
  • Portfolio of travel documents


Friday, September 19, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Fanad Lighthouse, Wild Atlantic Way

Fanad Lighthouse, County Donegal, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Fanad Head is a wildly exposed headland, and the northerly point of the beautiful Fanad Peninsula, perhaps best known for its iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Bellingham Castle Hotel

Bellingham Castle Hotel

Castlebellingham, Co. Louth : IRELAND : Phone 042-937-2176

After a full refurbishment Castle Bellingham Hotel will re-open in summer 2013 offering luxury accommodation.

Bellingham Castle Hotel is situated in the picturesque mediaeval village of Castlebellingham on the river Glyde in County Louth.

The castle sits high above the River Glyde and stone steps lead to the water’s edge and to a beautiful weir with footbridges and walkways. A millrace diverted from the river forms a long wooded island with a splendid weeping willow hanging over the weir. Sweeping lawns wrap around the castle and have been landscaped with herbaceous borders, cherry blossom trees and stud railing

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Fascinating Germany

Fascinating Germany - with Guaranteed Departures!

Experience the many fascinating facets of Germany. Discover modern and dynamic cities such as Hamburg, Berlin and Munich, the picturesque beauty of the Rhine river valley, the romantic South with its magical landscape and fairytale castles. Highlights of this tour include a trip by high-speed rail from Berlin to Frankfurt and a visit to famous Neuschwanstein castle. Discover the many attractions of Germany

Tour Highlights:

  • 14 Meals -Breakfast & Dinner
  • Sightseeing includes Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Freiburg, Lake Titi, Lindau, Füssen, Neuschwanstein, Wieskirche, Oberammergau, Ettal, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, Linderhof and Munich
  • Guided by English speaking tour director
  • Maximum group size of 24 participants
  • Private tour of same itinerary can be arranged, call for prices

Your Fascinating Germany tour includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Frankfurt Airport to hotel on day 02
  • 12 nights accommodations in 4-star hotels throughout
  • Breakfast daily, except for morning of arrival
  • Two dinners, including a welcome dinner in Frankfurt and a traditional Bavarian dinner in Munich
  • Transportation by car, minivan or bus for duration (depending on number of participants)
  • English speaking tour guide on days 02-07 and 10-15 (driver/guide for groups of 7 or less)
  • Transfer to Munich Train Station and travel by train (reserved 2nd class seat) from Munich to Zurich
  • Cruise on the Rhine
  • Admission to Sanssouci, Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles
  • Black Forest Cake tasting
  • Visit to cuckoo clock visitor center, enjoy a local cheese factory, a local brewery and beer tasting and a snow ball tasting in Rothenburg
  • Luggage handling
  • Portfolio of travel documents


*Post night hotel is at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport Hotel, which offers shuttle service for a small fee. A city center hotel can be arranged, however, the city center hotel does not offer the same low cost shuttle service to the airport and a taxi would be required. Alternate hotels may incur supplements.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Dingle Coastal Path

Dingle Coastal Path, Dingle Peninsula, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

"To travel is to take a journey into yourself." - Danny Kaye

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Park Avenue Hotel Belfast

Park Avenue Hotel Belfast

158 Holywood Rd : Belfast, No. Ireland BT4 1PB : IRELAND : Phone 028 9065 6520

Located in the vibrant Belmont area yet less than 2 miles from Belfast City Hall, The Park Avenue Hotel provides a unique experience for people who are tired of the usual and want something different.

A fantastic hotel! A Celtic Tours recommended property!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Thoroughly Wales Self-Drive Tour

Experience the best of Wales. 
Around every corner, experience the unexpected. You'll stumble accoss cozy inns and restaurants, rustic fishing villages, mountain vistas and cliff-top trails. 
This 6 night independent vacation combines includes unique accommodations in Wales, car rental and  breakfast daily.

Your  Thoroughly Wales  Tour Highlights:

  • 1 Night at the Bear Hotel in Crickhowell, 2 Nights at the Fairyhill Hotel in Swansea, 1 Night at the Falcondale Hotel in Lampeter and 2 Nights at the Bodysgallen Hotel in Llandudno.
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 Day Car Rental  (Upgraded car available).

*Note: Hotels are on a request basis at time of booking. Alternate hotels may be used as needed.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Céide Fields

Céide Fields, Ballycastle, County Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo lies the Céide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, consisting of field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs. The stone walled fields, extending over thousands of acres are almost 6,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. They are covered by a natural blanket bog with it's own unique vegetation and wildlife.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Londonderry Arms Hotel

Londonderry Arms Hotel

20 Harbour Rd. : Carnlough, Co. Antrim BT44 OEU : IRELAND : Phone 028-28885255

The Londonderry Arms Hotel is a historic hotel situated in the picturesque Glens of Antrim in the small coastal village of Carnlough on the award winning Antrim Coast Road which forms a core part of the Causeway Coastal Route.

The Londonderry Arms is an ideal touring base. Why not plan to stay with us for a few days and take advantage of our location to visit the many tourist attractions and take in the breath-taking scenery

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: London and Wales

Experience the best of London and Wales.
This 6 night independent vacation combines 2 nights in London, with 2 nights in Mid-Wales and 2 Nights in North-Wales. This package comes complete with 4 day car rental and  breakfast daily.

Your London and Wales Tour Highlights:

  • 2 Nights in Mid-Wales
  • 2 Nights in London 
  • 2 Nights in North Wales 
  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 Day Car Rental  (Upgraded car available).

*Note: Hotels are on a request basis at time of booking. Alternate hotels may be used as needed. London Hotel will be advised at time of booking and is based on mid-ranged 3-4* hotel in central London.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: County Cork Coastline

County Cork, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Out at the very edge of Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way stretches 1500 miles alond Ireland's western seaboard. From Malin Head in Co Donegal to Kinsale in Co Cork, through regions like Connemara, Galway Bay and Kerry, it's the longest defined coastal drive in the world!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Cabra Castle

Cabra Castle

Kingscourt, Co. Cavan : IRELAND : Phone 042-966-7030

Cabra Castle Hotel boasts a proud history dating as far back as 1760...It's long history lends a mature, cultured air to the Castle which can be felt by one and all as they stroll along the Castle's magnificent hallways and stairwells.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Benbulben

Benbulben, County Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Benbulben is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, in an area sometimes called "Yeats Country".

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge

Merrion Road : Dublin 4, Co. Dublin : IRELAND : Phone 353 01 668 1111

Welcome to Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge. This Dublin 4 hotel benefits from being located next door to the RDS. Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge is in the heart of the business and embassy district. The beauty of this hotel is that it’s like no other hotel in Dublin City. Its original features are striking and give it a unique charm. Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge once stood as a Masonic School but now stands as one of the best hotels in Ballsbridge.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

View From the Top - the London Eye

The London Eye only opened in 1999, but has quickly become the UK's most popular paid tourist attraction, with over 3.5 million visitors every year!

The London Eye (aka the Millennium Wheel) stands on the south bank of the River Thames. It is a giant ferris wheel, offering travelers to London unbelievable views of the city. When erected over 15 years ago, it was the world's tallest Ferris wheel. Since, it was been surpassed by the Star of Nanchang, the Singapore Flyer and High Roller. It also offered the highest public viewing point in London, until The Shard opened to the public in 2013. From the top, travelers to London can see around 25 miles, as far as Windsor Castle on a clear day!

The London Eye was designed by architects Frank Anatole, Nic Bailey, Steve Chilton, Malcolm Cook, Mark Sparrowhawk, and the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks. It took seven years and the skills of hundreds of people from five countries to make the London Eye a reality.

The London Eye has 32 sealed and air-conditioned ovoidal passenger capsules, that each hold up to 25 people. The wheel rotates at a slow rate of 10 inches per second, which is slow enough to allow passengers to walk on and off the moving capsules at ground level without stopping the rotation. The wheel is stopped, however, to allow disabled and elderly passengers on and off safely. One revolution takes about 30 minutes.

The nearest London Underground station is Waterloo, although Charing Cross, Embankment, and Westminster are also within easy walking distance, making this London attraction easily accessible.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Twin City Delight

Enjoy the best of Dublin and Galway, without renting a car! 
Transfer on arrival to your pre-booked Dublin hotel - and enjoy the Capital City with an included Dublin Hop-on, Hop-off Bus voucher. Then hop over to Galway, with a bus transfer included, where you will enjoy 2-nights, plus a tour of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Transfer back to Dublin for your last night.
  • Arrival Transfer via AirLink*, with optional upgrade available to private transfer
  • 5 nights accommodations at the following hotels or similar
  • Breakfast daily (continental in Galway), except morning of arrival
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - valid for 48-hours
  • Galway Express Shuttle Service from Dublin at 7:00 am (arrive Galway at 10:00 am)**
  • Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day tour
  • Galway Express Shuttle Service from Galway at 6:30 pm (arrive Dublin at 9:00 pm)***
  • Departure Transfer via AirLink*, with optional upgrade available to private transfer
*AirLink offers 12 convenient stops in Dublin. Passengers will need to make their own way from the stop(s) to their pre-booked hotel.On departure, clients would make their way to one of the AirLink locations for return to the hotel. One may wish to upgrade to optional private transfer that will bring you directly to the hotel and collect you directly there as well.
**Galway Express arrives in Galway at the Galway Coach Station. Passengers will need to make their own way from the coach station to the hotel.
***Galway Express arrives in Dublin City Center. Passengers will need to make their own way from this location to the hotel.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Ireland’s Gaeltacht

Ireland’s Gaeltacht, Wild Atlantic Way, County Galway, Ireland

From its rugged coastline to its inland mountains and lakes, Ireland’s Gaeltacht, where the Irish language can still be heard, offers the opportunity for a very different holiday experience.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Parknasilla Hotel, County Kerry

Parknasilla Hotel

Parknasilla : Sneem, Co. Kerry : IRELAND : Phone 064-667-5600

Immerse yourself in The Parknasilla Resort & Spa, a hideaway from the bustle of real life. Be greeted at the warm reception by an open fire and a smiling receptionist. Revel in the sanctuary of one of our spacious rooms with awe inspiring views of Kenmare Bay and the Kerry Mountains.

Rediscover the joy of good food and great service with a delicious breakfast and gourmet dinner in our Pygmalion Restaurant. Enjoy an aperitif or a night cap next to the piano and real fire in the Doolittle Bar in this exquisite Kerry Hotel.

Get active and explore the 500 acre land at Parknasilla Resort & Spa with a splash in the sea, energetic walk, leisurely bike ride or a round of golf. Then rest and refresh in the warmth of our serene spa, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the expanse of the sea.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

150 Year Old British Icon - Big Ben

The British icon Big Ben has stood in the Houses of Parliament for over a 150 years.

Few people know that the tower "Big Ben" is just a nickname for the tower and up until 2012, it had no official name. The origin of the nickname Big Ben is the subject of some debate. The nickname was applied first to the Great Bell; but later came to indicate the entire tower. Some people believe that the name "Big Ben" may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell. Others believe Big Ben was named after boxing's English Heavyweight Champion Benjamin Caunt. Either way, in 2012, the tower was officially known as the Elizabeth Tower, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.

The current tower, which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, was completed in 1859, with the Great Bell's strikes heard for the time on July 11. But long before Big Ben's construction, several towers have stood in its place dating back to 1289. The Palace of Westminster was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1834 and plans for the construction of Big Ben began.

Over the years, Big Ben has been silenced for repairs and replacements. But the most interesting silencing of Big Ben was due to WWII. From 1939 until April 1945, the clock dials were unlit to comply with blackout regulations during the Second World War. The clock dials were re-illuminated when the wartime blackout regulations were lifted.

Big Ben has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London, making it a prominent part of pop culture. The tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and is the third-tallest free-standing clock tower.

Today, travelers to England are not able to tour the inside of Big Ben. But there are several vantage points that give a great view of the famous Big Ben. Check it out from ground level as you step out of the Westminster Tube Station, from the Westminster bridge or from the London Eye for a fabulous view.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Dublin, London and North Wales

Experience the best of Dublin, London and North Wales.
This 6 night independent vacation pairs 2 nights in Dublin with 2 nights in London, and finishes with 2 nights in Wales. This package comes complete with 2 day car rental in Wales and breakfast daily.

Your Dublin, London and North Wales Tour Highlights:

  • 2 Nights in Dublin
  • 2 Nights in London
  • 2 Nights in North Wales 
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 Day Car Rental  (Upgraded car available).

*Note: Hotels are on a request basis at time of booking. Alternate hotels may be used as needed. London hotel is based on mid-range 3 or 4* hotel in central London. It will be advised at time of booking.

**Please note that air from Dublin to London is not included in the package cost and is additional.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The Three Sisters are a group of three peaks at the northwestern end of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland, situated just to the north of the village of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Best Western Plus Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin

Best Western Plus Academy Plaza Hotel

10-14 Findlater Place, off O'Connell St. : Dublin 1, Co. Dublin : IRELAND : Phone 01-878-0666

The Best Western Plus Academy Plaza Hotel has an exceptional location as a Dublin City Centre Hotel.

For the leisure guest, whatever your interest – shopping, sightseeing or culture, we have it all on our doorstep!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Things to See and Do in the Lake District, England

 Arguably one of the most beautiful parts in all of Great Britain, the Lake District offers a retreat from the hustle-bustle of the cities. The Lake District is a scenic five hour drive from London and makes a great stopping point when traveling to Glasgow. Stay here for a night or two to soak in the sheer natural beauty of the region, or stay for a week to relax and enjoy everything that the Lake District has to offer.

With such a wealth of natural riches, it's hardly surprising that the Lake District is one of England's favorite places for enjoying the great outdoors, but there is so much more to this region than fine views. It is also packed with history and culture. Here are just a few of the sites that travelers to England can enjoy when visiting the Lake District:

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House
Enjoy a lovingly crafted day out at one of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District. When you visit you are invited to relax and immerse yourself in all the beauty and craftsmanship of Blackwell. We encourage you to sit and soak up the atmosphere in Blackwell’s fireplace inglenooks, which have fine examples of tiles by Arts & Crafts designer William de Morgan. The inviting window seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lake District scenery. You can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas.

Lakeland Motor Museum
The fascinating Lakeland Motor Museum nestles in the picturesque Leven Valley, at Backbarrow, close to the southern tip of Lake Windermere. A diverse and unique road transport collection of some 30,000 exhibits assembled over a period of almost 50 years is thoughtfully displayed alongside many non-motoring additions, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Reputedly the most beautiful train journey in England, this 15-inch, narrow gauge railway carries passengers along seven miles of scenic track, from the old Roman Port of Ravenglass along the Eskdale Valley to Eskdale during a 40-minute ride.

Theatre by the Lake
Cumbria's only year-round producing theatre, described by The Independent as "the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain."

Holehird Gardens - Lakeland Horticultural Society
The 17 acre hillside gardens at Holehird include a great variety of planting - specimen trees and shrubs, extensive rock and heather gardens, a walled garden, alpine houses and herbaceous borders.

Muncaster Castle
Visit this early 13th-century castle to view a large number of historic artifacts collected by the Pennington family over the centuries, and walk along the miles of woodland paths that wind through this scenic estate.

Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate Mine is a unique award winning experience, England's last remaining working slate mine.

Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
A large collection of birds of prey - hawks, eagles, vultures, owls, falcons and buzzards. Flying demonstrations daily from 2 pm to 4pm. Visitors get the opportunity to fly a bird at the display. On site vintage tea room and local crafts.

Wordsworth Museum & Dove Cottage
Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth during his most productive and inspired years. He arrived in 1799, looking for a haven, where he could settle down and fulfil his dream of living a simple life, surrounded by nature and able to concentrate on his writing.

The museum is beside Dove Cottage, which is where William Wordsworth, the poet who wrote, "I wandered lonely as a cloud" (Daffodil poem) lived while he produced his best work. It has a permanent display which shows his life history through pictures, maps, manuscripts and letters. There are paintings and sculptures as well as some of his personal possessions and a social history about the area in the 1800s.

Hill Top House, Beatrix Potter's Farmhouse
Located in England's historic Lake District, this working farm owned by Beatrix Potter was the setting for her delightful and popular series of animal tales.

Castlerigg Stone Circle
Dating from about 3000 BC, this is one of the first stone circles built in Britain, which is perched atop a high moor with spectacular views of the surrounding landscape

Long Meg and Her Daughters
Dating from the Bronze Age, this is England's third largest stone circle that consists of a huge ring (the Daughters) of more than 60 stones and Long Meg, a 12-foot-high block of red sandstone.

Rydal Mount and Gardens
Rydal Mount, the last family home of William Wordsworth from 1813 until his death in 1850, now belongs to the direct descendants of the Poet and remains a lived-in family home. The dining room, part of the old Tudor cottage, with its original flagged floor and oak beams, contrasts pleasingly with the larger proportions of the drawing room and library, added in 1750. The house contains works of art, furniture, manuscripts and many of the Poet's books and personal possessions, reflecting his life here. Wordsworth was a keen landscape gardener and the four acre garden remains very much as he designed it, consisting of fell-side terraces, lawns, rock pools and a 9th century Norse mound. There are rare shrubs and, in season, the daffodils, bluebells and rhododendrons produce a spectacular display

Beatrix Potter Gallery
This gallery displays original watercolours and manuscripts by the author.

Hutton in the Forest
Today Hutton-in-the-Forest reflects centuries of history and change. A house of six periods between the mid 14th and the mid 19th centuries, Hutton is a rich illustration of the development of the country house in the North of England.

Hawkshead Grammar School
The museum in the Old Grammar School building in the village of Hawkshead, Cumbria, houses a unique collection of historic artifacts relating to the ancient School, some of which date back to the sixteenth century.

Furness Abbey
The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings.

Holker Hall & Gardens
Holker Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Cavendish who welcome visitors of all ages to one of the best-loved stately homes in Britain.

Cumberland Pencil Museum
Perfect all weather attraction for all the family. Discover Keswick's industrial heritage, be amazed at the World's Longest Coloured Pencil, artist demonstrations and workshops are held throughout the year. A full range of Derwent Fine Art pencils are available in the Museum shop, along with Sketchers Coffee shop serving light lunches and afternoon teas.

Wordsworth House and Garden
This 18th-century Georgian town house was the birthplace and childhood residence of the English poet William Wordsworth.

The Dock Museum
Built in an historic graving dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects and information on the social and industrial history of the Furness area.

The former home of artist and writer John Ruskin is perched high above Coniston Water.

The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre
The Quaker Tapestry came into being as a result of a chance remark made by an eleven-year-old boy attending the children's class of a small Quaker Meeting in the South West of England in 1981. His teacher, to whom the remark was made, was Anne Wynn-Wilson, an accomplished embroiderer. She had the vision of a number of large tapestry panels telling something of the Quaker story and beliefs. In 1982 she mounted an exhibition of work in progress and her ideas and determination aroused an enthusiastic response from many Friends. Designers came forward, embroidery groups were formed, and training workshops were arranged.

The World of Beatrix Potter
The Lake District’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife inspired Beatrix Potter to write her much-loved stories. As you step in to the World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction you too can explore this wonderful landscape as all 23 of the magical tales are brought to life, recreating sights, sounds and aromas in 3D displays.  There’s chance to meet your favourite characters Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggywinkle and Mr. Tod, not forgetting the most famous character of all, Peter Rabbit!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Irish Castles and Manors

Irish Castles and Manors Self-Drive Vacation
Treat your family like royalty on this fabulous self-drive vacation. Stay in Irish castles  and manor homes the entire time! This relaxed-paced, luxury package includes Kilkenny, Limerick and Dublin.

Your IrishCastles Self-Drive Vacation Includes: 

  • 2-nights accommodations at 5* Lyrath Estate     
  • 2-nights accommodations at 5* Adare Manor     
  • 2-nights accommdations at 4* Clontarf Castle  
  • Breakfast daily (except morning of arrival)
  • Automatic Car Rental (Economy) - including CDW - Upgrade to larger cars available (Note: Three people traveling together must avail of upgrade to larger car to accommodate). Car rental is based on pick up and drop off in Dublin.
  • Hotel and car taxes included
  • Portfolio of travel documents

Friday, August 1, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim, Northern Ireland

A short coastal footpath leads to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. On the way, there are wonderful vantage points to stop and take in the natural beauty. The geology, flora and fauna have won Carrick-a-Rede recognition as an area of special scientific interest. Fulmars, kittywakes, guillemots and razorbills breed on the islands close to the rope bridge.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: Absolute Hotel, Limerick

Absolute Hotel

Sir Harry's Mall : Limerick, Co. Limerick : IRELAND : Phone 061-463-600

At our luxury hotel in Limerick, Ireland, we take pride in providing top-quality facilities combined with a personal, unobtrusive and diligent service.

The Absolute Hotel in Limerick, is a luxury Spa Hotel in the heart of Limerick City Centre. Our unique design and river frontage makes us the leading contemporary four star hotel in Limerick.

Celtic Tours is pleased to feature this fantastic  Limerick hotel for your perfect get-a-way!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Towns and Villages of Cumbria and the Lake District

There is more to Cumbria than its world-famous natural environment. There are many towns and villages to explore, whether nestled in valleys, on the side of a lake or along the coastline.

From the cosmopolitan city of Carlisle, gateway to Hadrian's Wall Country, and Keswick in the north to the charming market towns of Ulverston and Kirkby Lonsdale and the maritime town of Barrow-in-Furness in the south; from the historical market town of Cockermouth and the harbour town of Whitehaven along the west coast to the pretty towns of Penrith and Appleby in the Eden Valley to the east. And in the central Lakes you will find the ever-popular Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. Each place has its own story to tell and a character to discover.


This great border city and capital of Cumbria sits on 2000 years of human occupation. Overlying this rich heritage is a vibrant town center of modern shops, pavement cafes and leisure facilities that rivals most other cities in the north of England. The majestic Cathedral is within a few minutes walk of the spacious pedestrianised Greenmarket – a focal point for street entertainment, Farmers’ Markets and Christmas celebrations.


Ambleside is ideally located in the center of the Lake District. The town is situated at the North end of Windermere Lake and at the foot of the poular scenic route over Kirkstone Pass. It's location and idyllic scenery make it an ideal base for visitors to explore the national park.

The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world. The wealth of Georgian architecture led to Whitehaven being listed as a ‘gem town' and voted one of the top 10 seaside resorts in the UK. Today the town's harbour enhanced by nautical sculptures, dramatic lighting effects and a brand new marina, is the focus for spectacular maritime events.


It's central location makes Keswick the perfect place to stay when planning to explore the Lake District. The town is surrounded famous Lakeland hills such has Grizedale Pike, Skiddaw and Catbells. There are walks to suit all abilities from the doorstep. The forest of Whinlatter is close by and ideal for walking, mountain biking and the high wire adventure GoApe.  Make a visit to the Pencil Museum, take a cruise on the lake and see the latest production at Theatre by the Lake. At certain times of the year you may also get a glimpse of the nesting Osprey from Dodd Wood.


This festival capital of Furness combines special events with an assortment of specialist shops, cosy pubs, traditional markets and cultural hotspots. Add in the colorfully rendered houses, cobbled streets and inviting side alleys and there's enough of interest to keep you enthralled for days. Surrounding the town is the gently rolling farmland of the Furness Peninsula while the coastline provides beautiful vistas over Morecambe Bay.

Kirkby Lonsdale

The picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale on the banks of the River Lune is ideally located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and within easy reach of the Lake District; its attractive setting epitomised by the glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin’s View. The center is a pleasing mix of elegant eighteenth-century buildings and stone cottages huddled around cobbled courtyards and narrow alleyways with evocative names such as Salt Pie Lane and Jingling Lane. Traditional butchers, bakers and ‘the best independent cheese shop in the UK’ (2007) jostle alongside designer jewellery, fashion and home décor outlets.

Barrow - in - Furness
Barrow-in-Furness is a large industrial town which grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just 40 years. The railway was introduced to carry iron-ore, slate and lime-stone to the new deep water port. Its prosperity grew with the development of the steel and ship-building industries. The monks of Furness Abbey smelted iron with wood in the 13th Century.


This handsome Georgian town on the edge of the Lake District has been identified as one of 51 ‘gem towns' in Britain, recommended for preservation as part of our national heritage. This attractive town with its broad, tree-lined main thoroughfare boasts a healthy mix of service shops (butchers, bakers, ironmongers, etc), alongside cafes, pubs and high quality art and craft galleries. Good roads provide fast and easy access to Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick, and to Maryport and the sandy coastline towards Allonby. Cockermouth was the birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth, his former home now imaginatively presented to the visitor.


Located at an intersection of routes between Scotland and England and a cross-Pennines road, Penrith has reaped the benefits of good communication routes for centuries.Today, with easy access from the M6, A66 and with a mainline railway service, the town is a perfect base for exploring the northern Lakes, beautiful Eden Valley and rolling Pennine hills. This distinctive red sandstone town, with its popular markets and specialist, family-run shops, has become the regional center for trade, industry and services in the Eden Valley.


The ancient market town and royal borough of Appleby, in the heart of the Eden Valley, is the focal point for many outlying villages and hamlets. Its traditional shops and indoor market provide for every requirement, whilst the riverside is perfect for a casual stroll or picnic.


The ‘Auld Grey Town' of Kendal, handsomely built in limestone, is the focal hub for shopping and culture in Lakeland. Historically, Kendal was one of the most important woollen textile centers in the country, producing ‘Kendal Green' and other ‘Kendal cottons' - its numerous yards were once filled with workshops processing cloth, leather and foodstuffs. Kendal was also a center for shoe making, carpet and snuff manufacture, and synonymous with the production of Kendal Mint Cake; an essential prerequisite for today's explorers and mountaineers.


Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities. Several local viewpoints offer panoramic views of both the lake and more distant mountains. Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to Windermere Lake, it is an excellent base for water activities, including boating and leisurely water attractions. Away from the lake is a host of historic attractions and heritage sites, as well as many other visitor attractions.


Grasmere, cradled in a vale in the heart of the Lake District, is crowned with magnificent fells and mountains all around. It is sheltered by Helm Crag, otherwise known as ‘the Lion and the Lamb' one of Wainwright's favorite hills. The pictureseque village has a lovely choice of accommodation and restaurants. It is also home to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Just along the valley is the Vale of Rydal. You can take a walk along Loughrigg Terrace or the Coffin Trail, overlooking Rydal.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Dive Into Dublin

Dive Into Dublin -  Self-Drive Vacation
Dive into Dublin with this great Ireland vacation package.  Starting with 3 nights in Dublin, you can explore this cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Jump on the Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus and tour the city. Perhaps take in some sightseeing, attractions, shopping and the night life. Then pick up your rental car and explore the rest of the island with open B&B vouchers.

Your Dive Into Dublin Self-Drive Vacation Includes: 

  • 3-nights accommodations at BW Academy Plaza in Dublin  
  • 3-nights accommodations at B&B's of your choice       
  • Breakfast daily (except morning of arrival)
  • Hop-on/Hop-off Buss Pass in Dublin
  • 3 Day Automatic Car Rental (Economy) - including CDW - Upgrade to larger cars available (Note: Three people traveling together must avail of upgrade to larger car to accommodate). Car rental is based on pick up and drop off in Dublin.
  • Hotel and car taxes included
  • Portfolio of travel documents

Friday, July 25, 2014

Irish Eye Candy: Birr Castle Gardens

Birr Castle Gardens, Birr, County Offaly, Ireland

"How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else." - R. Buckminster Fuller

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hotel Spotlight: The Fairview, Killarney

The Fairview

College Street : Killarney, Co. Kerry : IRELAND : Phone 064 6634164

Welcome to the 4 Star Fairview Hotel in Killarney where we offer some of the best boutique style accommodation in Killarney. We are a superbly located Hotel in Killarney Town centre, yet out of noise's way. The Fairview Guesthouse is a luxurious boutique style hotel that is truly unique for quality, location, service and elegance. We are home to some of the best accommodation Killarney. offers, with free overnight parking, beautifully furnished spacious rooms with optional Jacuzzi suites, all modern hotel amenities including lift and wheelchair facilities; VAS category 3. Free Wi-Fi throughout. An ideal Killarney accommodation base from which to tour, golf or relax and enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

16 Lakes of the Lake District, England

Arguably one of the most beautiful parts in all of Great Britain, the Lake District offers a retreat from the hustle-bustle of the cities. The Lake District is a scenic five hour drive from London and makes a great stopping point when traveling to Glasgow. Stay here for a night or two to soak in the sheer natural beauty of the region, or stay for a week to relax and enjoy everything that the Lake District has to offer.

The Lake District is home to many bodies of water, however only 16 of them are actually considered lakes. Here are the 16 lakes of England's Lake District.

Windermere is the largest lake in England, whose eastern shore washes up on the town of Bowness.

Set in a region that is home to contrasting vistas of gently rolling fields and dramatic mountain rises, Ullswater is a favorite with those who enjoy spectacular natural beauty.

Derwentwater Lake
Derwentwater Lake is very much a landscape of moods, varying from the dramatic waves splashing against Friar’s Crag when driven by southerly gales, to the absolute mirror calm of early mornings.

Bassenthwaite Lake
Bassenthwaite Lake is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. It is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. There is a shore path which runs the length of the west shore, but there is no access to the east side except at Mirehouse. Here there is a small open-air theatre, built in 1974 for the reading of ‘Morte d’Arthur’ to the Tennyson society at the place where it is thought that Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem. Bassenthwaite is home to the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater.

Coniston Water
At five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet, Coniston Water is the third largest of the lakes. It provided an important fish source for the monks of Furness Abbey who owned the lake and much of the surrounding land in the 13th and 14th Centuries. More recently Coniston Water was used to transport slate and ore from the many mines worked in the Coppermines Valley above Coniston village. It has three small islands, all owned by the National Trust. The elegant Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola sails between March and November. Renovated by the National Trust, its passengers can travel in opulently upholstered saloons – a superb way to appreciate the magnificent scenery. The traditional timber craft of Coniston Launch provide regular hourly sailings throughout the year to jetties around Coniston Water, including Brantwood.

Haweswater Reservoir
Haweswater is a reservoir built in the valley of Mardale. The farming villages of Measand and Mardale Green used to populate the Mardale valley. To make way for the reservoir, all of the farms, houses and graveyard in the villages were removed. At times of drought, when the water is low, many people go back to see what is left of the village of Mardale.

Thirlmere, at 3.5 miles long, 1.2 mile wide and 158 feet deep, was originally two smaller lakes, which were purchased by Manchester City Corporation Waterworks in 1889. The area was dammed with a dam whose greatest height is 104 feet, and the area became one vast reservoir. In the process, the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged, the only remaining building being the little church at Wythburn.

Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale is the most westerly of the lakes, and the most remote, so it offers, even in high season, a place to escape. It is a deep glacial lake, 2.5 miles long 3/4 mile wide and 148 feet deep. The water is exceptionally clear, and contains a variety of fish. It serves as a reservoir for the coastal towns of West Cumbria, and is the only lake that does not have a road running alongside it.

Wast Water
Situated in the Wasdale Valley, Wastwater is 3 miles long, half a mile wide and 260 feet deep, and the deepest of all the lakes. Wastwater is perhaps the most awe-inspiring of all the lakes. Surrounded by mountains, Red Pike, Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. Extending the length of the south-east side of the lake are the Screes, consisting of millions of fragments of broken rock and rising from the floor of the lake to a height of almost 200 feet, giving the lake an ominous appearance.

Crummock Water
Situated between Loweswater and Buttermere. Often overlooked by its sister lake Buttermere, Crummock Water with the mighty Grassmoor on the west and the fells of Mellbreak on the east, it has unparalleled views from either side. It is 2 1/2 miles long, 3/4 mile wide and 140 feet deep and is a clear, rocky bottomed lake flanked by steep fellsides of Skiddaw slate.

Esthwaite Water
Esthwaite Water is one of the smaller and lesser known lakes in the Lake District National Park in Northern England. The lake covers around 280 acres and is known for its excellent fishing, particularly trout and pike. The lake was mentioned as the location where William Wordsworth conversed with a friend in Wordsworth's poem, "Expostulation and Reply."

Buttermere – the lake by the dairy pastures – is 1 1/2 miles long, 3/4 of a mile wide and 75 feet deep. The classic combination of lakes and mountains has made this popular with visitors since the beginning of tourism in the Lake District. A visit to Buttermere is principally for its natural attractions – as the area offers some of the best walking country in Lakeland. There is a footpath running round the perimeter of the lake, and lovely walks to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike.

Grasmere at 1 mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep, would be an attractive and popular tourist area even without its Wordsworth connections. ‘The most loveliest spot than man hath found’ was Wordsworth’s famous quote describing the area of Lakeland that he most loved. The small island in the middle of the lake was his favourite destination while he was staying at nearby Dove Cottage. The island is now privately owned, and visitors should not land there, tempting though it is.

Loweswater Lake
Nestled in a wooded valley in the far west of the Lake District, in the Vale of Lorton, Loweswater is a peaceful lake that is often bypassed. At approximately 1 mile in length, 1/2 mile wide and 60 feet deep, it provides an excellent lake circuit for walkers. Loweswater is unique within the Lake District, as it is the only lake that drains towards the center of Lakeland – to Crummock Water which it was once joined to. Red squirrels, whose favourite habitat is coniferous, can be found in the locality.

Rydal Water
Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes at 3/4 mile long, 1/4 mile wide and with a depth of 55 feet, but it is very popular partly because of its Wordsworth connections. Steps lead up from the western end of the lake to ‘Wordsworth’s Seat’ – reputedly the poet’s favourite viewpoint.

Brothers Water is in the Hartsop valley and is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lake District. Once called Broad Water, it lies at the northern end of Kirkstone Pass, affording picturesque views on the descent towards Patterdale. The small lake  sustains a  trout population and is one of four locations in the Lake District to harbour a rare species of fish, the Schelly.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dublin Ghostbus Tour

Welcome to Dublin’s tour of terror! The Lady in White, graveyard torturers and grizzly ends on church grounds... Allow us to put you at your unease on The Dublin Ghostbus Tour.

A Gothic interior, blood red velvet curtains and a driver and guide in tune with the afterlife. This is no scary movie, folks – this is for real.

It’s a little known fact that Dublin was home to one of horror fiction’s most famous names: Dracula author, Bram Stoker. Learn about his origins as the tour creeps through Dublin’s darkened streets.

At the College of Surgeons, a certain Dr Clossey is still said to roam the corridors carrying a bucket of human entrails. More grizzly dealings were dealt at the 12th-century St Audeon's Church, where the ghost of Darkey Kelly is said to wander restlessly.

The Lady in White still stalks her cruel husband at St Patrick’s Cathedral graveyard. And steady yourself for a meeting with The Walking Gallows, the notorious judge, jury and hangman who dispatched his victims in gruesome style.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Vacation Spotlight: Thrones and Scones of Ireland

Thrones and Scones - Self-Drive Vacation to Ireland
Step into the scenic splendor of the seven kingdoms and see where many of the pivotal Game of Thrones scenes were shot. This self-paced Ireland vacation brings to life the drama of the series, but also provides a journey into local myth and legend.

Your Thrones andScones - Self-Drive Vacation Includes: 

  • 1 Nt Cabra Castle, 2 Nts Londonderry Arms, 1 Nt Park Avenue Hotel Belfast and 2 Nts Bellingham Castle 
  • Breakfast daily (except morning of arrival)
  • Automatic Car Rental (Economy) - including CDW - Upgrade to larger cars available (Note: Three people traveling together must avail of upgrade to larger car to accommodate). Car rental is based on pick up and drop off in Dublin.
  • Hotel and car taxes included
  • Portfolio of travel documents

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