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Norwegian report second quarter profit

Norwegian has announced a second quarter profit this morning, despite making huge investment in their growth with several new planes bearing the red nose cone. The NOK 300 million net profit has been declared after a loss of NOK 691 million last year in the same period.  Even though there have been increased fuel prices, Norwegian has continued to grow...

Ballygally Castle – ‘a world apart’

The biggest compliment I can possibly pay to The Ballygally Castle Hotel is that I felt at home. I will also always remember wakening with the sun filling the room with the sound of the waves gently lapping the seashore of the magnificent beach opposite. It was so tempting I went for an early-morning stroll and loved it. The Ballygally Castle...

Your adventure starts here

Over 39 million passengers and 8.8m cars travel one of the Discover Ferries ships each year. They are a collection of 12 ferry operators who have come together to promote ferry travel in UK and Ireland. Members operate over 80 routes across the UK and Scotland to Ireland is one of the most popular routes. They also have ferries to the Continent,...

In the footsteps of giants

The Giant’s Causeway was once named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in Britain. I can see why. It is a mind-boggling arrangement of mostly hexagonal columns. And the tops form stepping stones that lead from the base of a large cliff and disappear under the sea. That description does not do this UNESCO World Heritage Site justice. It is a must see...

A bridge too far for me

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on The Antrim coast in Northern Ireland is only 66ft long, but it was a bridge too far for me. However, tens of thousands from all parts of the globe cross it every year. It is thought that salmon fishermen first built the bridge over 350 years ago and it is 98ft above the rocks below. The...

Two Capital options for visitors

Hostelling Scotland offers two Edinburgh bases during the summer promising value and flexible accommodation to budget conscious travellers. Edinburgh Haddington Place Youth Hostel offers 143 beds and the Edinburgh Metro Youth Hostel in Edinburgh University's Halls of Residence in the Cowgate another 199 beds. They are open until late August/early September. Accommodation types vary from self-contained flats to en-suite rooms perfect...

Gobsmacked by The Gobbins

It is describes as the most dramatic walk in Europe. Big claim but, in this case, there is justification. Basically, it is a cliff walk which takes you within touching distance of the sea and with the possibility of seeing porpoise and dolphin. The Gobbins Path was masterminded by the Irish railway engineer, Berkley Dean Wise. It originally opened in 1902 and...

Midnight Tee Time with Caledonian Sleeper

It is all aboard the Caledonian Sleeper Golfers’ special as they tee off The Open with a celebration of all things golf on board its London to Aberdeen service on Thursday 5 July 2018. The overnight rail service will welcome Bill Thompson, Captain of Carnoustie Golf Club, offering guests a glimpse into the club’s rich past and worldwide golf connections,...

Norwegian has new planes – and more comfortable seats

Norwegian has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with an upgraded cabin of new slimline seats which are specifically designed for more comfort on longer routes. These seats will give taller passengers more personal space. Europe’s third largest low-cost airline has more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX on order and will take delivery of 12 brand new Boeing...

Caledonian Sleeper unlocks gateway to Scotland’s islands

Some clever joined-up thinking might temptingly lead to some West Highland first-class eating, drinking and panoramic feasting courtesy of Caledonian Sleeper’s latest announcement. Scenic connoisseurs, island-hoppers and railway buffs can be well chuff-chuffed as they travel to the northern isles looking to experience the tranquillity and beauty of Scotland’s islands and the West Highlands. This summer's experience is now enhanced...