Howard Hastings, Managing Director, Hastings Hotels makes his predictions for travel in 2022. Hastings Hotel Group is the largest independent hotel operator in Northern Ireland with six luxury hotels, including the Grand Central and Europa Hotels in Belfast and the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa just outside the city. It also co-owns the five-star Merrion in Dublin. “Last year we enjoyed...
One of Ireland's most famous hotels is celebrating its 50th anniversary - and how it withstood the Troubles to emerge as an iconic beacon of hope for Belfast. Whilst often referred to as ‘the world’s most bombed hotel’ - having been targeted 33 times due to its visibility as a landmark building - The Europa Hotel has been transformed into a...
Hold tight – we're about to embark on an epic journey along the coast of Northern Ireland. This is the Causeway Coastal Route, a 4-day itinerary that will bring you to majestic cliff-top castles, sea bridges swaying high above the ocean and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here's a few facts about the Causeway Coastal Route: – The Giant’s Causeway...
Art worth an estimated €7 million (£6 million) by artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Banksy, Pablo Picasso and Patrick O’Reilly will go on display this weekend at Ireland’s biggest post-lockdown art fair. The final touches are being made to Art and Soul – The Holywood International Art and Sculpture Fair, at the five-star Culloden Estate and Spa...
As Northern Ireland kicked off the celebrations for the 148th Open return to Royal Portrush, this short cinematic film celebrates just how far Discover Northern Ireland has come to establish themselves as a leading tourist destination. Set to an original poem by local poet Paula Matthews, the film is narrated by leading actors Ian McElhinney, Bronagh Waugh, Saoirse-Monica Jackson...
The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, County Down has been named Northern Ireland’s Best Golf Hotel at this year's prestigious World Golf Awards. The hotel's neighbouring Royal County Down Golf Club picked up the award for Northern Ireland’s best golf course.Ireland picked up the accolade of Best Golf Destination in Europe. Now in its seventh year, the World Golf...
Good things come to those who wait – and that was certainly the case for Northern Ireland as The Open finally made a historic return to Royal Portrush for the first time in 68 years.
Some of Ireland’s most luxurious accommodation and finest foods are to be found throughout the many extravagant country houses on the island. Great food, spectacular settings, timeless charm, Irish country houses really make for an ideal break, so if you are planning a weekend or midweek escape in the New Year, here are some suggestions Dunbrody House Located on the dramatic...
Have you ever spent the night on the coast’s edge, under the guiding beams of one of Ireland’s many lighthouses? Or been king or queen of a romantic castle for two? Well the Irish Landmark Trust has been saving and restoring heritage buildings throughout the island of Ireland that were at risk of being lost through neglect or inappropriate...
Tens of thousands of traditional music-loving folk gathered in the town of Cavan for the 2010 Fleadh Cheoil and less than 24 hours into my maiden festival visit, I found myself smack bang in the middle of Lough Oughter. Dating back to the early 1950s, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Music in Ireland) was established to promote Irish traditional...

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Howard Hastings, Managing Director, Hastings Hotels makes his predictions for travel in 2022. Hastings Hotel Group is the largest independent hotel operator in Northern Ireland...
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