Scenic sun-drenched Costa Brava

Almost exactly a year to the day since the Brexit referendum I wonder if I should declare my identity-crisis at Girona airport’s passport control! I don’t, and my air-conditioned onward-bus purrs comfortably through sultry evening sunshine to Hotel Alegria Nautic Park in Platja d’Aro, the first of several quaint coastal locations on my packed, three-day itinerary.

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Is this the best picnic spot in Northern Ireland?

The best picnic location in Northern Ireland has been revealed on National Picnic Week.

The Silversea Silver Muse

Is this the Med’s most sophisticated new cruise ship?

Peering through my binoculars at a flooded caldera, I study anchored catamarans and motorboats skimming across the surface. Star of the show is Silversea’s new ship Silver Muse, looking sleek, modern and majestic.

Enjoy a break at the Causeway Hotel

Late deals

BELFAST: Fun family getaway, Maryville House, from £250. Stay in one of the lovely family/twin rooms at the Maryville House Tearooms & Boutique B&B in South Belfast and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning with lots of choices to suit everyone. Park your car securely for free, let the kids surf the internet with free Wi-Fi, sample the vast choice of local dining in the evening and walk back to the B&B. Hop on the bus outside the door for your day’s adventure or take the car, five minutes to the motorway. Offer is for a two-night stay - £250 midweek, £270 weekend, valid until August 31.

Alicante at night

Why Alicante is a real city of light

“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain”.

Enjoy a break at Corick House Hotel & Spa

Plenty of options at home and abroad for a break this summer

Check out these great deals

Flying out of Belfast International airport

Belfast International Airport ready for 2.3 million summer rush passengers

Belfast International Airport is expected to deal with a record 2.3 million passengers between now and the end of September.
Tyne Cot cemetery

One hundred years of respect

The old soldier’s voice cracks as he reaches the final line of a verse synonymous with the fallen.


Ryanair posts rise in profits but warns of 'Brexit developments'

Low cost carrier Ryanair pledged to continue cutting fares as it posted a 6% rise in annual profits despite intense competition and the Brexit vote.
New York

Flights from £99 to the US are up for grabs from Norwegian

More than 13,000 seats on transatlantic flights are now available from just £99.
Enjoy a golf break at the Slieve Donard

For the Costas to Corfu - there’s some bargain breaks for all

BELFAST: Shop in the city, Clayton Hotel, from £122. Discover Belfast and shop ‘til you drop. Enjoy an overnight bed and breakfast in the city centre, a Champagne cocktail on arrival, £10 Victoria Square gift voucher and use of the leisure facilities including swimming pool. Offer valid until December 31. To book call (028) 90 328511.

Hannon Coach has put forward a proposal to improve options for leisure travellers between Belfast and Londonderry

Bus company promise to make Belfast to Londonderry journey faster

A private bus company that wants to introduce a new direct service between Belfast and Londonderry says they will be complementing Translink’s existing service rather than competing with it.

Brewer Andrew Dickson at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, which is one of the breweries recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as among the world's best for visitors

Lonely Planet celebrates the cream of UK breweries

Breweries across the UK have been recognised by travel guide Lonely Planet as among the world's best for visitors.

Billionaire Mordashov's 40 million super yacht

In pictures: £40m yacht glides into Belfast

Check out this stunning yacht belonging to one of the world's richest men - Billionaire Alexei Mordashov.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Gleaming fringes of the Golden State

Everyone loves a bit of sightseeing, and there’s nothing like that first moment you clap eyes an iconic landmark that you have only previously seen on TV or in print.

The Hedges Hotel, Co Antrim

Hideaway at the Dark Hedges or relax in the sun with these offers

CO FERMANAGH: Spring midweek escape, Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, from £105pps. Offer includes two nights midweek stay (Sun-Thurs), cooked breakfast each morning, four-course dinner one evening. Valid until 30 June. To book call (028) 6632 3481.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages at St John's Point, Co Donegal

Lighting the way: A unique stay in Donegal

Growing up, I yearned to live in a lighthouse. I fancied extreme Crusoe-like seclusion, penning romantic elegies and enjoying vigorous sea breezes.

Flight delay

Most common reason for flight delay compensation revealed

Was your flight delayed over the Easter break? If you’ve been sat twiddling your thumbs in the departure lounge over the holidays and hoping for a pay out your claim will be more successful if the delay is due to a technical glitch according to latest research.
Belfast International Airport

Air passenger duty an anchor on tourism growth says Airport boss

Air passenger duty (APD) is acting like an anchor on tourism growth in Northern Ireland, an airport boss has told a major airline conference in Belfast.

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