Travel News: Paddle boarding in Clontarf, ABBA pilgrimage to Stockholm and Ireland's first forest spa

The Swedish capital, Stockholm, where it all began for ABBA

New Center Parcs spa in the forest

Online booking has now opened for Ireland's largest stand-alone spa. Aqua Sana Longford Forest is set within Center Parcs’ 400-acre resort. It takes inspiration from its own forest setting, as well as some of the most spectacular natural environments around the world. From saunas to outdoor hot tubs to rainforest showers and reflexology footbaths, the spa will offer 21 hot, cold, herbal and meditative experiences as well as 14 treatment rooms. Day spa packages start from €55 per person and can be booked from September 6. For more info see

Paddle boarding at Clontarf Castle

This summer why not try something different, with Clontarf Castle Hotel's paddle boarding package? The four-star hotel, in the north Dublin coastal suburb of Clontarf, offers guests a two-night stay along with a two-hour paddle-boarding lesson on nearby Dollymount Strand courtesy of Pure Magic Dublin. The package also includes a two-course lunch in Knights Bar, the jewel in the crown of this 12th century castle. Packages start at €299 per person sharing.

Indulge yourself at The Old Inn

With its traditional thatched roof, beamed ceilings and open fires, the four-star Old Inn hotel provides a cosy, relaxed atmosphere. Located in Crawfordsburn, just outside the coastal town of Bangor, it's the perfect base to explore the north Down area. The historic property has 33 individually decorated bedrooms, many with four poster beds. The indulgence package includes an overnight stay, a cocktail each, a three-course meal with a bottle of wine and a full Irish breakfast. To book call 028 9185 3255. Offer available until November 30 2019.

Celebrate 45 years of ABBA in Stockholm

Fancy a break in Stockholm? It's 45 years since ABBA won the Eurovision with Waterloo, setting them on the path to golbal fame, so why not mark the milestone in the city where the Swedish pop group began? Stay at the Skeppsholmen Hotel and visit Djurgården island’s ABBA Museum or hop over to Viggsö, Björn and Benny's famous songwriting island. A three-night B&B stay costs from £717 pp, including flights (from London), return transfers and a 48-hour Stockholm pass. For more details check out

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

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