Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Top 10 Sights in Coleraine

Northern Ireland is brimming with undiscovered towns like Coleraine. The locals know them. Travellers sadly pass in and out too quickly to get a grasp of what they offer. Ignore the fact that Coleraine is simply a transport hub for the tourist sights on the North Coast, give the town at least a day and Read more about Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Top 10 Sights in Coleraine[…]

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One of the Last Customers to Stay in the Windsor Inn, Royal Hotel, Bangor, Northern Ireland

My recent travels in Northern Ireland have proved something to me – you can travel in your home country and love it, and get surprised by it. After my adventures on the north coast of Northern Ireland, I returned to my home town of Bangor, which is in County Down, just 12 miles from Belfast Read more about One of the Last Customers to Stay in the Windsor Inn, Royal Hotel, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

Staying at Cairn Bay Lodge, Bangor, Northern Ireland

I’ve stayed in some obscure places during Christmas and New Year down the years. I’m talking homestays in Iran, sharing rooms in Parramatta Australia, camping in the mountains of Peru or hiking in China. In 2014 however, I was in Europe at Christmas for the first time in 6 years. I decided to spend some time Read more about Staying at Cairn Bay Lodge, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

The Best Crisps in The World: Touring Tayto Castle in Tandragee, Northern Ireland

This post requires a “wee bit” of an introduction for those not aware of Tayto. It’s a review of my tour of the Tayto crisps factory in Tandragee, Northern Ireland. First of all, I come from Northern Ireland – I grew up in Bangor and one of the joys of childhood was “getting tore intill Read more about The Best Crisps in The World: Touring Tayto Castle in Tandragee, Northern Ireland[…]

Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2014

I’m pretty busy at the moment trying to go through all my unwritten posts, but it’s still nice to reflect on a top 12 travel moments of the year – something I did a similar post on in 2012 and 2013. This year I started off in Iraq on New Year’s Day and I have Read more about Top 12 Travel Highlights of 2014[…]

30 Year Reunion: Dinner with P1Preston in Donegans, Bangor, Northern Ireland

It was a fairly emotional return to Northern Ireland for me recently – my longest stay in my home country in over 11 years which is crazy to think about it. I had lined up some really cool stuff to do when I was back, and after touring the north coast, (including Portbraddon) watching Northern Read more about 30 Year Reunion: Dinner with P1Preston in Donegans, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

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Sunday’s Inspiration: A Tribute to Jordan Kennedy

“Rhythm is a dancer, it’s a soul’s companion, you can feel it everywhere” – Snap, 1992 The above lyric is from the song that was number one in the music charts the day Jordan Kennedy was born. I remember the song well from my teens, and often danced to it myself. Now, I will never Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: A Tribute to Jordan Kennedy[…]

Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Exploring Portbraddon and Visiting Ireland’s Smallest Church

My recent adventures backpacking in Northern Ireland have surprised and inspired me more than I could have believed. While staying at the magnificent Whitepark Bay Hostel (which overlooks Whitepark beach and is a few miles from the village of Ballintoy), I took the walk west from the beach, working my way over the sand and Read more about Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Exploring Portbraddon and Visiting Ireland’s Smallest Church[…]

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