INSTEAD OF THINGS, a voucher for an activity or a break during the new year makes a WELCOME CHANGE, and gives something to LOOK FORWARD TO in the chilly new year …
1. If you’re splashing out, a stay at peaceful and scenic Breac.House, overlooking the ocean in Donegal, with private terrace, open outdoor fire and breakfast delivered through a hatch in your room, could be the perfect gift. From €450 for two-night stay.
Breac House, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal; www.breac.house.
2. Fun yet useful, a voucher for Dublin Cookery School can help change the way you cook all year, whether it’s just an evening slot (learn to make pasta, tapas, curries, bread…) or a full three-month course. We’ve tried them, and know that Lynda Booth and her team can inspire even recalcitrant teens to cook. The day course, Man in the Kitchen (January 6, €180), could be a subtle hint… From €80.
2 Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin, 01 2100 555; www.dublincookeryschool.ie.
3. Stand-up paddleboarding is relaxing and peaceful, as well as core-strengthening, once you know how. Pure Magic in Clontarf are experts in this and other water activities, such as kiteboarding. Gift a voucher for a two-hour beginner’s lesson from €45 and take to the water in 2018 …
370 Clontarf Road, Dublin, 01 805 4912; www.puremagic.ie.
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