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An Iberian odyssey

An Iberian odyssey

A coach tour with a difference takes Ros Drinkwater on a spectacular cultural and scenic journey from Lisbon to Seville

No couch potato left behind

No couch potato left behind

The Five Alive Challenge aims to encourage active lifestyles with camaraderie and a warm welcome, writes Teena Gates

Get out there

Get out there

It seems the whole country has gone running mad, and there’s no shortage of events to sate the appetites of enthusiasts. Here are three from which to choose

Gear check

Gear check

April’s hail showers are a real reminder that the weather can catch you out when you’re outdoors and adventuring. If you’re off the beaten track, it’s always wise to carry some emergency gear, no matter how good the weather seems. Here are three good

A pearl on the Gulf coast

A pearl on the Gulf coast

From Formula 1 circuits to mangrove forests, and spectacular mosques to Bedouin camps, Ros Drinkwater discovers Abu Dhabi’s culture of contrasts

Get out there!

Get out there!

If you’re looking for active events for the Easter period, here are three great ones from around the country

Two hours from Tokyo

Two hours from Tokyo

Alex Meehan swaps the urban hustle and bustle of Japan’s capital for its much quieter mountainous cousin Nikko, a favoured bolthole of comfort for well-heeled types.

Ski watch: Season proves to be a black run

Ski watch: Season proves to be a black run

So winter is over, and another ski season is drawing to a close. Up to 45,000 Irish people took ski holidays this winter – an increase on previous years – but for tour operators, 2014/2015 proved to be stressful at times.

Gear check

Gear check

With the stretch in the evenings here at last, it’s a great time to get out walking. Here are some items to help you on your way.

Go forth to fife

Go forth to fife

With its fishing villages, sandy beaches and world-famous golf course, all Fife was missing was a whisky distillery. Now that issue has been resolved and Ros Drinkwater finds yet another reason to visit this picturesque corner of Scotland.

Get out there

Get out there

Spring has sprung at last, so there is literally no excuse not to get active. Here are three brilliant events to inspire you to move!

Dingle and the US connection

Dingle and the US connection

Hiking around the Dingle Peninsula in early autumn, Jasper Winn falls in with some American visitors

Turning the Big Apple even greener

Turning the Big Apple even greener

St Patrick’s Day in New York is an experience that’s not for the faint of heart – but if eight pints of beer and an endless procession of floats aren’t really your bag, Vic O’Sullivan has a list of alternative attractions

Gearcheck

Gearcheck

There is still a little life in the ski season, but it’s getting warm. This gear is ideal for the skier who likes to ski really hard without getting too hot

Ski watch

Ski watch

Artistic gems in the Alps