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Cashel and the Rock of Cashel, Co Tipperary.

Many of us make a real effort to travel far and wide to see well known tourist attractions, historical buildings and great views. Yet many of us have places close to home that would fall into these categories that we may not have visited at all.  Sometimes it’s good to be a tourist in your own county.  I became that tourist recently when I visited Cashel in my home county of Tipperary.

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The Great Western Greenway – Achill to Westport, Co. Mayo

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I am not a cyclist.  I do not own a bicycle.  In fact, I cannot remember the last time I was on a bicycle.  However, I really wanted to cycle the Great Western Greenway from Achill to Westport.  All 42km of it.  In one go…  Many of my friends (particularly those well aware of my level of fitness) were kind when they told me I was being a little ambitious.  Of course, that made me determined to do it.

The 42km long Greenway is the longest off-road cycling (or walking) trail in Ireland.  It follows the old Westport to Achill railway line.  It passes through Mulranny and Newport and some of the most beautiful views in Ireland can be seen along the way.

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Builin Blasta, An Ceardlann, Spiddal, Co. Galway

Builin Blasta (Tasty Loaf) is a gem of a cafe located in the craft center (An Ceardlann) in Spiddal, Co. Galway.  The cafe is owned and run by Chef Jamie (J-Me) Peaker who hails from New Zealand.  J-Me’s cv includes a stint at well known London eatery The Ivy before he opened Builin Blasta in Spiddal.  The cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am until 5pm. Breads, pastries, tarts, sausage rolls, scones, desserts, dressings and preserves are all made on site.  You can also purchase their dressings and chutneys to takeaway and they will also provide you with the recipe for their scones if you would like to try and make them yourself!

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FoodWineTravelFun’s Ginger & Treacle Bread

Firstly, ginger is my thing.  I love it in all its forms; ginger ale is even my choice of mixer with Vodka!  Ginger and treacle as a combination is another favourite.  After a long search for a recipe for a Ginger & Treacle bread and finding none that perfectly suited what I was trying to create, I came up with this recipe which gives me everything I was looking for in a Ginger & Treacle bread.

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The Restaurant at Bramon Wine Estate, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

I have been in South Africa many times and have travelled the Garden Route on three of my visits.  Prior to the second visit, I became aware of Bramon Wine Estate and booked a lunch at their restaurant.  I was drawn to the place by virtue of the gorgeous pictures on their website, the type of food they serve (sharing plates/tapas style) and the fact that they make a sparkling wine from Sauvignon Blanc grapes (or a Methode Cap Classique (MCC) as South African bubbly is called).  On our first visit, we had booked an outside table for lunch (among the vines) and hoped the weather would oblige – and we were so thankful it did.  On our second visit, we dropped by without a reservation and we got an outside table but all the tables between the vines were booked. Read More