NEW FOR 2016 - Bed & Breakfast Guide
Hi, my name is Susan Byron and I live on the West coast of Ireland with my partner MJ and our fat ginger cat Percy. My four children are thankfully all grown up now and happily away off doing their own thing, so I have more time for travelling, writing and photography. Oddly enough, the more I travel, the more I have come to appreciate home and Ireland. Not only the weather we have no extremes, but also the slower pace of life and even the food and drink that has helped shape our identity and define our culture as an island nation at the furthermost edge of Europe. Above all, it is Ireland's scenery that I love the most and that I want to share with you. Nowhere else in the world is there such diversity in a relatively small space, each county having its own unique culture, things to do, places to see and people to meet.
I am often asked how do I know about all these strange and wonderful places? Well, I have met some great characters on my travels and I am very grateful to them for having shared the secrets of their own little corner of Ireland with me. Besides that, I was born in Dublin where I grew up, a Doyle or Dubh Ghaill (dark stranger) of Viking origin so exploring has always been in my blood. My father worked for the newsroom in RTE television and was always in search of the next great story. So, my childhood was spent on family jaunts, following up just about any new lead, deserted schools, forgotten great houses, ruined castles, holy wells, ringforts etc which no doubt encouraged and fed my natural curiosity. Summer holidays were spent sailing in Wexford, or camping out in the wilds of Kerry and Connemara. When I got married, Byron (no relation to the poet, anglicised version of Birranne, Mayo, going back some 600 years but that's a whole other story). We moved to Meath and then became engrossed in the Boyne Valley and beyond, cruising the river Shannon and exploring the Magical Midlands with our four children.
Finally, we moved West and discovered the Burren which is a very beautiful karst limestone landscape that is carpeted with alpine flowers, gentians and wild orchids in early summer. With Connermara, Mayo and Donegal just North of us and Kerry, West Cork and Waterford to the South not forgetting those Magical Midlands to the East, I know I am truly blessed. A couple of years ago, I starting exploring Northern Ireland and fell truly, madly and deeply in love with those six counties I had previously know nothing about. So, whether you are visiting Ireland for the first time or your 101st time or are a native looking for somewhere new and interesting to explore on a fine summer's day or weekend away (my Top Tip for 2016 would be either West Cork or Donegal, I can't get enough of them lately) I hope my recommendations on what Ireland has to offer, will enrich your life as much as they have mine.
In addition to the website, I have written 4 Irish Travel Guides which are available on Amazon under the series title Treasure Ireland which each contain the cream of the crop of my recommendations as well as original photographs, clickable links and Google maps of each location.
Or if you would like to get in touch with me re planning your next
Trip to Ireland you will find my contact details below. I do answer each and every email personally so feel free to remind me if you don't get a reply, post a question or message me on my Facebook Page where there is a lively global conversation going on about Ireland, 24/7. You are very welcome to join us and pitch in with any questions you might have because even if I don't know the answer, someone else surely will!
All the best, Susan