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....
I have been conducting luxury guided Tours of Ireland's Hidden Gems for small groups now since 2017 with many happy clients and lots of referral business (see reviews) These tours have gone from strength to strength and apart from 2020 when we couldn't travel, they have gained momentum with 3 Irish Tours per year now. I have remained true to my original plan of personally guided, small group tours, that are gently paced with top quality, unique and authentically Irish lodgings with first class cultural experiences.
I am now very proud to have added a similar experience in Scotland with a Guided Tour of Scotland's Hidden Gems now available twice yearly. And while I wouldn't class myself as a Scottish expert (just yet) I have been travelling back and forth to Scotland 3/4 times a year since my son and his family moved to Edinburgh in 2014 and have done a great deal of research. I ran my first tour there in September 2022 and it was a great success, even if it did rain a fair bit on the second week, but thankfully it didn't spoil anyone's enjoyment of the trip and indeed only added to the atmosphere!
I will be running three Irish Tours and two Scottish Tours in 2024 if you fancy joining me? Just click on either of the links above, fill out the form and I will send you the full itinerary, Slán agus beannacht, best Susan Byron
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 or Scotland. It might take me a day or two to get back to you but I always do answer every email or facebook message personally.
Go n'eirí an t'ádh leat - Good luck and I hope to see you very soon in Ireland or Scotland ! Susan Byron
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