Travel News: Christmas in Belfast, Scottish Highlands break and Japanese pilgrimage

Spend Christmas in the luxury of Belfast's Merchant Hotel
Spend Christmas in the luxury of Belfast's Merchant Hotel

Festive discount on

single-parent holidays

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over but nowadays you don’t need an excuse to have a sale, and Irish travel company One Parent Holidays has come up with a festive treat for those planning a break in 2019 or seeking alternative gift ideas. Its website has many holidays listed, from Legoland and Eurodisney to Majorca and Reykjavik, which take the stress out of travelling alone with a young family. If you purchase a Christmas voucher between now and December 7, the monetary value will be increased by either 20 or 30 per cent. Vouchers are valid against all holidays from January 7 to December 1 2019, except Premier League match weekends. See

Escape to rural

Scotland this winter

Fancy an escape with stunning coastal scenery, fresh air and fine dining? For one weekend only Airds Hotel & Restaurant in Scotland’s west coast will hold a 48-hour sale offering a 30 per cent discount on room rates for bookings made before 4pm on December 2. The luxury boutique hotel, near Oban, has rooms from £112 pppn, based on two sharing, half board between December 14 and January 31. Call 01631 730236 or book online at, quoting WINTERSALE.

Irish tour firm offers

pilgrimage to Japan

Irish travel company has released details of a pilgrimage to Kumano Koda in Japan. Twinned with the Camino de Santiago, the network of trails takes in sacred sites of the Kii Mountains, with Shinto and Buddhist shrines along the route. The Kumano Kodo self-guided tour is priced from €827 per person sharing for five nights, including guest house accommodation, breakfast, dinner, luggage transfers and holiday pack with practical information. Flights not included. Early bird offer gives 10 per cent off new bookings confirmed by December 31.

Celebrate Christmas

in Merchant Hotel

Belfast's Merchant Hotel has an enchanting festive experience package. Arrive on Christmas Eve for afternoon tea, a visit from Santa and live music. Wake up in style on Christmas morning in one of the hotel’s Art Deco or Victorian bedrooms before enjoying breakfast, canapes, bubbly and a six-course lunch. Start St Stephen's Day in the rooftop hot tub before partaking of the French bistro-style menu at Berts Jazz Bar. The Merchant Festive Experience for two nights starts at £480pp sharing.

:: All prices and availability correct at the time of issue.