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There are so many places in the world that I’d love to visit. Canada, New York, Denmark, South Africa… the list is never-ending.

However, at the end of the day, there really is no place like home. No matter where I go I always look forward to coming home to the Emerald Isle. Ireland has a certain charm that, in my eyes, is simply unbeatable.

We may be a tiny island but there are just so many incredibly beautiful places to visit across the country, including Kerry.

I was lucky enough to visit Tralee to stay at the Ballygarry House Hotel recently and have fallen head over heels in love with the charming country house hotel.

The staff welcome you with the warmth that you feel when reuniting with a childhood friend. They were so kind and accommodating and couldn’t have made me feel more welcome.

From the moment we stepped inside the hotel felt like a home away from home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Ballygarry House Hotel caters for everyone. If you’re a bookworm you can cosy up by the fire and get lost in a story.

For those adventurers out there, you can take one of the bikes available at the hotel down to the Ballyseedy Woods.

If you’re in need of a little bit of chill time then look no further than the tranquil Nádúr Spa where you will be treated like royalty by the lovely Gina and her team.

Enjoy a soothing stroll through the hotel’s gardens and take in the stunning view of the Sliabh Mish Mountains on a crisp winter morning.

You certainly won’t be short of things to do during your time at the Ballygarry House Hotel. And you certainly won’t go hungry either.

I was lucky enough to dine at both The Brasserie and the lavish Restaurant 58. Trust me, the food is simply divine. Restaurant 58 is a soothing spot that has a menu to die for and the sweetest staff who will ensure you have everything you need.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you’re in the mood to splash out then try the Char Grilled Prime Irish Steak and thank me later. My stomach has never been as happy or full as it was after our visit.

Be sure to roll into Owen Mac's bar after your dinner to wash it all down with a beverage of choice. The recently renovated and revamped bar has everything from wine to whiskey and pink gin to craft beers.

You’ll be wowed by the talents of a live pianist at the weekends which adds even more charm to the hotel.

After a night of sheer luxury, you can doze off in the comfiest bed ever or tune into one of your favourite movies on Netflix on the hotel TV.

I truly didn’t want to leave the Ballygarry House Hotel. I was so close to asking if I could move into The Lodge, which is a little nugget of history right on the hotel’s doorstep.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mid – 18th Century Lodge was formerly the gate lodge of the O'Connor farmhouse and is now being used as a private event room for celebrations with a personalised Butler Service for Afternoon Tea.

A visit at The Ballygarry House Hotel is an essential trip for all you travel bugs out there. You just need to add to your bucket list. The charm, warmth and kindness of the staff alone will make your visit one you’ll never forget. There’s no doubt it’ll become a home away from home for you, right in the heart of Kerry.

Do yourself a favour and book a stay at The Ballygarry House Hotel. Check out their website for more information.

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Bus Éireann alongside popular travel and lifestyle blogger Lauren Arthurs has announced its timetables for Christmas and New Year, confirming details of services nationwide over the festive season. Buses will run every day across the Christmas holiday period – apart from December 25th – with services operating standard timetables with some slight exceptions.

On Christmas Eve all departures up to 2100 will operate to a normal timetable, apart from the following routes, which will not operate:

Route X1 – 1945 Belfast-Dublin

Route 2 – 2100 Dublin Airport-Wexford; 1830 & 2030 Wexford-Dublin Airport

Route 4 – 2000 Waterford-Dublin

Route 23 – 2000 Dublin-Sligo

Route 32 – 2045 Dublin-Letterkenny; 1945 Letterkenny-Dublin

Route 100X – 2030 Dundalk-Dublin

Route 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

A small number of Expressway services will operate after 2100, these include:

Route 4 – 2200 Dublin Airport-Waterford,

Route 30 – 2130 Dublin-Donegal

Route 100X – 2140 Dublin-Dundalk

If you’re getting a little bit of cabin fever on the 26th December, a full Sunday schedule will operate across the entire network, excluding the below departures, which will not operate:

Route X1 -1815, 2015, 2115, 2215 & 2315 Dublin-Belfast; 0530, 1945 & 2200 Belfast-Dublin

Route X2A – 1015, 1615, 1715 & 1915 Dublin-Belfast; 0645 & 1445 Belfast-Dublin

Route X5 – 0930, 1130, 1330, 1530, 1730 & 1930 Dublin-Newry; 0815 & 1015 Belfast-Dublin; 0915 Belfast-Newry; 0715, 1315, 1515 & 1715 Newry-Dublin

Route 32 – 0030 Letterkenny-Dublin

Route 40 – 0940 Cork-Waterford; 1040 Cork-Rosslare

Route 51 – 0725 & 0835 Limerick-Cork; 0725 & 0825 Limerick-Galway

Route 64 – 0625 Donegal-Sligo; 0635 & 0810 Letterkenny-Derry; 0735 Sligo-Derry

Route 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London

However, if you’re travelling between Dublin and Belfast on the 26th December, additional departures will operate from Belfast-Dublin at 0445 and from Dublin-Belfast at 1715 & 1915.

From December 27th to 30th inclusive, a full regular schedule of services will operate on all routes.

On the 31st December, Bus Éireann will make sure you arrive to your final destination to ring in the New Year, as all services will be running a normal timetable up until 2200 (apart from 871/890 – Expressway Eurolines services to and from London which will not be operating).

With the following exceptions, services due to start after 2200 will not be operating on 31 December. However, all Expressway services will operate as normal

Route 220 – Services will resume from midnight on 1 January 2020 and operate a full timetable

For further details about any of our services over the festive season, check out www.buseireann.ie.

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