About Susan Byron....

Hi, my name is Susan Byron and I live on the West coast of Ireland with my partner Michael and two lazy cats. My four children are now 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 the landscapes that I love and 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.

Susan Byron on the ferry to the Great Blaskets in County Kerry, Summer of 2014

I am often asked how do I know about all these places. Well, 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, exploring just about any new lead, deserted schools, forgotten great houses, ruined castles, holy wells, ringforts etc. So no doubt that encouraged my curiousity. Summer holidays were spent sailing in Wexford, or camping out in the wilds of Kerry. 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 became engrossed in the Boyne Valley and beyond, cruising the river Shannon and exploring the magical midlands with our children.

Daniel, Audrey, Stephen & Ross Byron

Finally, we moved West and discovered the Burren which is very beautiful. With Mayo, Connemara and Donegal just North of us and Kerry, West Cork and Waterford to the South not forgetting the Midlands to the East. A couple of years ago, I starting exploring Northern Ireland in depth and fell truly, madly and deeply in love with those six counties.. Whether you are visiting Ireland for the first time or are a native looking for somewhere new and interesting to explore on a fine day or weekend away (my Top Tip for that in 2014 would be the Fermanagh Lakelands ) I hope my recommendations on what Ireland has to offer, will enrich your life as it has mine.

In addition to the website, I have written 3 eBook Travel Guides which are available on Amazon.com which each contain the cream of the crop of my recommendations as well as original photographs, clickable links and Google maps of each location.

Where to Eat, Sleep & Play in Ireland 2014

Ireland's Hidden Gems - Things To Do 2014

Ireland's Hidden Gems - Places To See 2014

If you would like to get in touch with me re planning your next
Trip to Ireland you will find my contact details below or feel free to post questions on my Facebook Page there is always a lively global conversation going on over there about Ireland, so feel free to join us. Even if I don't know the answer, someone else surely will, all the best Susan Byron.

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