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Catherine Mack

It's the people who always sell a place to me, and that is why they often feature in my travel articles. They are the real key to ensuring a truly responsible form of tourism in the future. Plus I am Irish, so I am a sucker for people and their stories. I am now living in London, and I combine travel writing with full time parenting, which calls for serious juggling sometimes.

My best travel moments since completing my Msc. in Responsible Tourism Management in 2007 include: travelling round Ireland to write my book, ecoescape:Ireland (but it did make me pretty homesick); swimming from one Croatian island to the next on a Swimtrek holiday, watching my sons being taught to climb to the top of a sixty foot oak tree on the Isle of Wight, and walking with a donkey in the Alps for a week. Writing a regular slot as Ethical Traveller columnist in The Irish Times keeps me on my toes too. I am on a mission to get  local food production linked in with tourism whenever possible. But one of my greatest ambitions is to see the opening of a high speed tunnel rail link from UK to Ireland within my lifetime.

Catherine Mack's blog posts

Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:36 on Wednesday 27 June 2012
Catherine Mack enjoys travelling as a foot passenger with her two boys on the ferry service from Liverpool to Belfast which has had a makeover by...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 02:49 on Monday 12 September 2011
Catherine Mack takes time out from the children to go on a wonderfully relaxing self-guided walking holiday along the coast of Brittany.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 05:05 on Wednesday 13 July 2011
Catherine Mack visits a friendly and welcoming hostel with a collection of colourful cottages, on a working farm in County Meath, Ireland.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 02:53 on Monday 11 July 2011
Catherine Mack goes on the the ultimate green and slow travel break, taking the train and ferry to Brittany, walking along its sandy coast and...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 10:24 on Tuesday 01 March 2011
Catherine Mack visits a beautiful 18th Century castle in County Galway.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:53 on Thursday 24 February 2011
Irish travel writer Catherine Mack visits a huge estate and working farm in County Sligo and is impressed by its rainwater harvesting system and...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:45 on Thursday 17 February 2011
Irish travel writer Catherine Mack visits the family-friendly cottages on an organic farm in North Tipperary.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 12:10 on Tuesday 08 February 2011
Irish travel writer Catherine Mack stays at a luxury tipi and yurt campsite on the enchanting Cape Clear Island.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 11:57 on Friday 04 February 2011
Irish travel writer, Catherine Mack, visits Inis Meain Restaurant and Suites on the island of Inis Meáin, and is seduced by both its wildness and...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 06:19 on Saturday 06 November 2010
Catherine Mack has a 'Waltons moment' at The Ecocabin in the South Shropshire hills.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 08:46 on Sunday 31 October 2010
Irish travel writer, Catherine Mack on Cnoc Suain, Connemara, as it celebrates its recent US's Travel + Leisure 2010 Global Vision Award for Cultural...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 08:06 on Tuesday 19 October 2010
Shake off the Winter blues by waking your body up on one of Delphi Mountain Resort's winter fitness weekend packages, in the sumptous hills of...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:19 on Thursday 14 October 2010
Catherine Mack goes on a National Trust Working Holiday where coppicing, woodland clearing and general conservation work brings her a whole new lease...
Posted by Catherine Mack at 10:00 on Friday 01 October 2010
Catherine Macks visits the New Room, a beautiful conversion with Four Poster Bed at Mandinam working farm in South Wales.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:48 on Thursday 30 September 2010
Irish travel writer Catherine Mack introduces Ireland's National Trails Day, which celebrate its varied walking and cycling trails.
Posted by Catherine Mack at 09:27 on Wednesday 29 September 2010
Catherine Mack enjoys a taste of traditional Welsh farm life in the beautiful scenery of Carmarthenshire at the historic Coach House, Mandinam.

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