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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 14 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 nearby the Cliffs of Moher there is an ancient holy well named after St Brigid who was a Celtic Goddess long before she was 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....
Since 2017 I have been conducting private Tours of Ireland's Hidden Gems for small groups. The first tour was brilliant with fantastic weather, brochure worthy photos and life long friends made. 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 had planned on returning again in 2020 for a re-union tour with me which had to be delayed until 2021 because of Covid. But we did eventually get going with that tour last September and had a ball. 2019 was even busier with an extra tour is September that was magical altogether, the light was amazing and the colours of the landscapes, very intense and beautiful.
And then of course the travel trade went pear shaped altogether with Covid (I know the least of our problems with lives at stake) so we had no visitors at all in 2020 but Ireland opened up to International visitors in July last year and I was able to run two tours in September 2021 which were a great success with no Covid related issues, thankfully.
The Omnicron variant played havoc at Christmas but as 95% of Ireland's population had been fully vaccinated and boosted, it didn't pose any great threat. The numbers went up but people weren't getting as sick and hospital admissions remained stable. Ireland has since lifted all of its Covid restrictions, apart from mask wearing indoors in public places, which is set to be lifted as well shortly, so we are slowly getting back to normal and it's looking very good and safe for International travel in 2022.
I am really looking forward to welcoming my loyal tour clients to Ireland this summer, fair play to them they were originally supposed to come in 2020 and then 2021 and now it's 2022, who knew it would take so long, but I really appreciate their tenacity, loyalty and patience!
God bless them, we will be rolling out the red carpet for our International visitors and no doubt downing a few nice pints of Guinness and swapping Covid stories, or not? I think we will all be so glad to see the back of this darn virus, we won't even want to mention it!
Besides, 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 in 2022 and seeing the most spectacular scenery, while staying in lovely hotels, eating the finest food and immersing ourselves in Irish culture. Life is local in Ireland, after all....
If you like more information on my small group tours of Ireland in 2022 please click here, fill out the form and I will send you on the full itinerary, Susan Byron
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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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