Reader Travel Awards 2024

Nominations have now closed for our Reader Travel Awards 2024. Thank you to everyone who entered! The winners will be revealed in the Irish Independent's Weekend magazine and online in the New Year.

Pól Ó Conghaile
Travel Editor

How does it work?

Readers enter nominations across a range of categories together with comments on their picks (nominations are now closed for 2024). Only one entry is allowed per person. Entries are free and open to all readers in Ireland and overseas. Once entries close, the top nominees are tallied and our judging panel adjudicates on the readers’ shortlist — choosing the final winners and runners-up from your favourites. The final lists of winners and runners-up will be published in the Irish Independent's Weekend magazine and online in the New Year.

What are the categories?

- Ireland's best hotel
- Best Irish small stay
- Best holiday county
- Best overseas city break
- Best fly 'n' flop holiday
- Ireland's best beach
- Best Irish spa
- Ireland's best hotel restaurant
- Top travel influencer
- Best visitor attraction
- Best Irish walk or trail
- Best pet-friendly cafe or restaurant
- Ireland's best airport



Sunshine in Spain

A weeklong holiday with Sunway to Spain’s Costa del Sol, including flights and 4-star accommodation.


Magnificent Monart

A two-night spa break including B&B, one dinner and a signature spa treatment for two.

Click & Go

A stellar city break

A four-star city break to Prague, Berlin, Budapest or Vienna for two, including flights, with

Ireland's Blue Book

Blue Book bliss

Two nights’ B&B with dinner on one night for two at Barberstown Castle, Co Kildare.

Dromoland Castle

Divine Dromoland

An overnight stay with dinner at the Earl of Thomond restaurant in the five-star Dromoland Castle.

Killarney Plaza

Killarney dine around

Two nights and two dinners with Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa’s tasty package for two.


Wineport wow factor

An overnight stay with dinner for two at Wineport Lodge, on the shores of Lough Ree.


Gorgeous Galmont

An overnight stay with dinner for two at The Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway city.

The Hendrick

Hendrick heaven

A two-night stay at The Hendrick in Dublin, with two tickets to Jameson Distillery Bow St.

Farnham Estate

Fab Farnham Estate

An overnight stay with dinner for two people at Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort.

Mount Congreve Gardens

Wonderful Waterford

A two-night stay in the historic Gate Lodge at Mount Congreve Gardens.

Lyrath Estate

Lovely Lyrath

A two-night stay at the five star Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, with one dinner, for two sharing.


Delicious Dunadry

An overnight stay with dinner for two guests at Dunadry Hotel And Gardens, Co Antrim.


Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile is Travel Editor with The Irish Independent. He has been Travel Journalist of the Year in Ireland and the UK.

John Brennan

Francis & John Brennan

Francis and John Brennan run the Park Hotel and The Lansdowne in Kenmare. They are hosts of RTE's At Your Service.

Roz Purcell

Roz Purcell

Roz Purcell is a best-selling author and founder of The Hike Life. She encourages people to experience Ireland through adventure.

Niall Treacy

Niall Treacy

Niall Treacy is Fáilte Ireland's Director of Demand Development.

Rachel Duggan

Rachel Duggan

Rachel Dugan is Editor of the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.

Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness is a food writer and restaurant critic with the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.