NEW FOR 2015 - Trip to Ireland Planner
Hi, my name is Susan Byron and I live on the West coast of Ireland with my partner Michael and our fat ginger cat Percy. My four children are now all grown up 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 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 defined our identity and culture as an island nation on the furthest edge of Europe. Above all it is Ireland's scenery and varied landscapes that I love most, which inspire me and that I most want to share with you. Nowhere else in the world is there such diversity in a relatively small space, each with its own unique character, Things to Do and Places to See.
I am often asked how do I know about all these places, I am still discovering more and have a lot to learn believe me. I was born in Dublin where I grew up, a Doyle or Dubh Ghaill (dark stranger) of Viking origin so exploring is 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 600 years but that's another 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 Connemara 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 in depth and fell truly, madly and deeply in love with those six counties. So, whether you are visiting Ireland for the first time or 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 that in 2015 would be West Cork, I can't get enough of it 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 or post a question 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