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 seems just can't get enough of Ireland as they plan on returning again in 2020 for a re-union tour with me! In the meantime, 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 this summer. I love showing off the 'real' Ireland and get a great kick out of seeing how much everyone enjoys 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....
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 haven't time to do these anymore as the tours 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 and want to travel independently?
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
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Reviews of Susan Byron's Tour of Ireland's Hidden Gems, 2017 and 2018 written by clients.
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Take a guided tour of Ireland with Irish expert Susan Byron in May, June or September 2019
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Susan Byron is the author of independent travel website Irelands Hidden Gems.com and the best selling Treasure Ireland series of Irish Travel Guides on Amazon