Well we got the news that our cruise around the eastern Mediterranean has been cancelled due to Covid-19! Not a huge surprise as we are only now hearing about regional cruises being an option however it is still disappointing! After this occurred, we decided that it is time to plan a “staycation”!
Onto trivago we went to look at hotels – our first decision was Northern Ireland or Republic? We have time booked off in August and September, so we thought why not both! As we have not been able to get away in so long, we decided we would try somewhere a bit more luxurious, we looked at one of the many luxury hotels in Ireland to see what deals could be found. The first thing we noticed is that room availability was very low – even during the week!
We looked at hotels in Donegal, Antrim, and Fermanagh but we settled on a night in Castle Leslie in County Monaghan! This castle was built in 1871 and is on a 1000 Acre estate – situated by Glaslough lake. It looks like a stunning place, unfortunately they only had a room available for one night, however we look forward to having afternoon tea, dinner, and a bit of time away from our busy jobs.
Looking further down the line we have a couple of weeks off in September that we are already planning another Staycation, perhaps down the west coast of Ireland again – the ring of Kerry has been on our list of places to visit for a long time!
Next year we have a cruise around the Norwegian Fjords to look forward to in August, it will be our first time in Norway, and it looks breath-taking. We have also been looking at Princess cruises offers for regional cruises around the UK and Ireland which look tempting and are talking about taking a month out in 2022 to travel around Asia. It has been a difficult year but it’s starting to feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Until then stay safe and keep planning the next adventure!
Brianna and Iain.