Ireland's Hidden Gems is an independent Ireland travel website written by Irish travel writer, photographer and adventurer Susan Byron, a native of Dublin, now living on the West Coast of Ireland in County Clare. It is designed to highlight only the very best of what Ireland has to offer the independent traveller or curious web browser and is about quality not quantity. Which is why my recommendations are limited to the Top 10 in each category, rather than a generic list of multiple hit or miss choices. These recommendations are based on ten years of extensive, personal research and a lifetime's experience as a proud citizen of Ireland....
The Hidden Gems are those little known, extra special places or things to do and see around Ireland that you won't find in any of the regular guidebooks. For example, did you know that near the Cliffs of Moher there is an ancient holy well named after St Brigid who was a Celtic Goddess long before she known as a Christian Saint ! A golden beach at Fanore derived from the Irish 'Fáinne an Óir' which means Ring of Gold, boat trips to the Aran Islands not to mention some of the best surfing and traditional music in the West of Ireland....
2017 was very exciting for me as it was my first time conducting my own private tours of Ireland. We had a brilliant time and fantastic weather, talk about brochure pics and made life long friends. The 2018 tours were every bit as good and dare I say maybe even better with two lovely groups of lively and enthusiastic participants who just can't get enough of Ireland. I will be extending the hand of welcome again in 2019 to those who would like to join me on another magical Guided Tour of Ireland next summer. I love showing off the 'real' Ireland and got a great kick out of seeing how much everyone enjoyed the Hidden Gems of Ireland, that I am so passionate about. We will be visiting all of the best sites again next year and seeing some spectacular scenery, while staying in lovely hotels, eating the finest food and immersing ourselves in Irish culture. Life is local in Ireland, after all....
In addition to the website, I have written a series of Irish Travel Guides which are available as eBooks (to facilitate website links, Google Maps and dozens of original photographs) on Amazon under the title Treasure Ireland.This winter I intend doing a major update on all four guides and perhaps maybe even combine them all into a printed book? I will post an update as soon as I have more news about that, in the meantime you can still purchase them individually on Amazon, as follows:-
Ireland's Hidden Gems - Travel Guide contains Top 10 Listings of all the best places to Eat and Stay, Things To Do and Places to See in Ireland. As well as a fool proof 7-10 day touring itinerary and all the other practical information you need to know about planning a trip to Ireland.
Ireland's Hidden Gems - Things To Do contains the Top 10 listings of the best (not necessarily the obvious) Visitor Attractions complete with 10 Hidden Gems at each location, with Google maps and clickable links for further information, ticket prices, opening times etc.
Ireland's Hidden Gems - Places To See is all about those extra special, off the beaten track places, that most tourists never ever get to see, much less experience while they are in Ireland. Many are wildly scenic and absolutely authentic pockets of Irish culture.
Ireland's Hidden Gems - a Guide to the Islands I am often asked where are most beautiful parts of Ireland and truthfully many of them are on the islands. So, try to factor in a visit to at least one of them if you can you certainly won't regret it!
All four are available from Amazon and can be downloaded to your kindle, laptop, tablet or smartphone and which I hope will inspire you if you decide to travel to Ireland as some point in the future.
While I have had a lot of fun creating Tailor Made Itineraries for clients and their families over the last few years, many of whom have distant links with Ireland and are curious to travel and see where their ancestors might have hailed from, often re-igniting and re-uniting distant family. Unfortunately, I can't do these anymore as the rewrite I mentioned above is going to take up most of my time. However, I have prepared a few Readymade Touring Guides which you might find useful if you are planning a trip to Ireland?
Finally, if you would like regular updates on what is happening in Ireland travel wise, why not join me on Facebook where there is a fun conversation about Ireland happening globally, 24/7. Feel free to join in or contact by phone or email, as I am always delighted to hear from anybody with an interest in Ireland. It might take me a day or two to get back to you but I always do answer every email or message personally.
Go n'eirí an t'ádh leat - Good luck and I hope to see you very soon in Ireland ! Susan Byron
Aug 19, 18 10:45 AM
Reviews of Susan Byron's Tour of Ireland's Hidden Gems, 2017 and 2018 written by clients.
Aug 15, 18 12:10 PM
Dublin an insider's guide to the capital of Ireland whether you are interested in the events and the history of 1916 or just a visitor in general to the capital of Ireland.
Aug 12, 18 07:15 AM
Take a guided tour of Ireland with Irish expert Susan Byron in May, June or September 2019