Cashel Travel was founded in 2000 in Ireland by James Aitken, who has 30 years’ experience in the travel industry. He previously owned and sold Balmoral Travel and Mackenzie River Travel. The company was created as an independent family run business and this is how it remains today. Being a Scotsman, he eventually chose to move back to Scotland and relocated the company headquarters to Edinburgh in 2007. After a few moves and staff additions, the company is now headquartered in a historic landmark near Edinburgh's shore.
James Aitken was a consultant for Clansman Monarch and MacItalia. Currently, he is President of the Scottish chapter of SITE, the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives. He is a member of the travel trade and business tourism steering group at VisitScotland. He is also Treasurer and a member of the board of UKinbound.
Marta Kucharczyk joined Cashel Travel in 2003. Previously, she worked as a lecturer in Poland in Polish literature. She oversees the operations department and is the joint owner.
So, what has Ireland got to offer?
There is usually lots of talk about charm around the Celtic countries, but can you get more charming than the Irish? Some believe you can’t and we won’t argue that. A historical wonderland drenched in Celtic traditions and mystery. Ireland has endless stories to tell, and one thing the Irish love to do is talk. Ireland is arguably the friendliest place on the planet, and a pub culture like no other. This is the place to go when you want to mingle and fit right in.
Guinness, yes, the black stuff! Well it’s actually dark ruby red believe it or not. Still, it’s one of the first things people think about when mentioning Ireland. Great whiskey and traditional music too. But the scenery is just as spectacular as Scotland, England or Wales. From the Cliffs of Moher, to Glendalough, right up to the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland has spectacular natural attractions along with ancient historical buildings and castles.
The choices of activities are endless and many are unique to Ireland.How about céilí dancing, bodhrán class, learning to pour the perfect pint of Guinness? What about a Literary Pub Crawl for a unique evening experience? An alternative walking tour led by actors who regale your team with stories by the great Dublin writers: Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Brendan Behan? Visiting some typical and regular pubs frequented by the writers might pique your interest as well. You might like Vikings! There’s an abundance of Viking history and artefacts in Dublin, a very popular settlement with the Norse conquerors.
Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway to name but a few, all these cities offer fantastic venues and experiences to rival any conference or incentive. The purpose built Convention Centre in Dublin, the Belfast Waterfront, Cork Convention Bureau, NUI Galway Conference & Event Centre. You’re spoiled for choice in many fantastic locations.
Dublin has great accessibility, and offers the best of facilities. It is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful and unspoiled countryside’s in Europe. Dublin is less than two hours from London, Paris, or Brussels, and just five hours from the east coast of the US with direct flights daily.
The city and its surroundings also have much to attract delegates when they aren’t at your conference. There are historic buildings to explore, great dining to enjoy, exciting activities to try, and extraordinary venues. From drinking a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub, to enjoying Irish folk music and dancing, the city is perfect to host your conference and experience real hospitality.
There are so many amazing and unique venues around Ireland: The Guinness Storehouse or Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Dromoland Castle in Co.Clare, Cork City Gaol (Jail) & Titanic venues Belfast (The world's leading tourist attraction).
Ireland also has a wide variety of accommodation, ranging from luxurious hotels set amidst lakes and mountains, to boutique hotels in small villages. From fine dining at top Michelin-starred restaurants, to afternoon tea at the Clarence Hotel, there are great options for every budget.
This has only scratched the surface of what Ireland has to offer.
We’d love to speak to you in more detail about the many hidden treasures and spectacular sights that Éire has to offer.
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