The Emerald Isle and Scottish Highlands are brimming with iconic landmarks (a.k.a tourist traps). But what about those who want more than a pint of Guinness or a bite of haggis? Wilderness Scotland (Europe’s No. 1 Rated Adventure Travel Company) and sister company Wilderness Ireland offer Tailor Made trips designed by locals and delivered by local legends—making them a great way to discover the essence of a place in a way that few visitors have access to.
From enjoying a moonlight paddle in Yeats Country—home to unparalleled star gazing—to uncovering the secrets of the Loch Ness Monster to rappelling off sea stacks, Wilderness’ Tailor Made adventures unearth the true character of the destination.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Ireland and Scotland with these one-of-a-kind experiences:
Go Glamping in Yeats Country
On a camping expedition in Sligo, Ireland, hike the breathtaking lakes, mountains, beaches and waterfalls that once inspired many of the great works of the Nobel Prize winning writer, W. B. Yeats. As the sun sets, hop in a kayak for a nighttime paddle on the “Lake Isle of Inisfree” to a private island. Leap onto the sand where a forested paradise awaits, along with a night of glamping in one of the world’s premier stargazing destinations. But first, enjoy wood-fired pizzas al fresco, while a local expert shares in the tales and legends of the area.
Dates & prices available upon request.
Hunt for Nessie with a Career Monster Tracker
While Scotland is known for its legends and fables, none are quite as famous as the Loch Ness Monster. While considered by some as folklore, the storied creature has been likened by scientists to a plesiosaur that dates back to the end of the last ice age. To unearth the history of the mystical creature, meet Adrian Shine, a naturalist and researcher, for a private boat ride as he shares his insider knowledge after years of studying Nessie. You’ll fly across the waters of Loch Ness, one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK, as you search for this elusive creature.
Dates & prices available upon request.
Spend the Night in Your Own Private Castle
Nestled in the countryside on 500-acres lies a palace straight out of a fairytale—Aldourie Castle—and it’s easily bookable for a private rental for you and your closest 20 friends with Wilderness Scotland. This rare experience is set on the shores of Loch Ness, where well-tended courtyards, 16th-century gardens and horseback riding can be found as you stroll vast woodland grounds. For a closer look at the garden’s soaring pergolas, meet with your private guide for a tour, while keeping eyes peeled for deer, sea eagles and even basking sharks—the world’s second-largest fish. Stop for a tour at a world-famous malt whisky distillery to sip the Scottish ‘Water of Life,’ or hop in a sea kayak to observe the ruins of nearby Urquhart Castle from the water.
Dates & prices available upon request.
Cast a Line with an Expert Ghillie
Grab your waders and wellies for an unforgettable fishing experience with one of Scotland’s most knowledgeable fishing expeditioners. Take to the Highlands to uncover the locals’ best-kept fishing spots along the River Tay in Perthshire. Here, anglers can find the country’s most iconic species—Atlantic salmon—along with pike, rainbow trout and pollock. Cheers to the catch of the day with a glass of distilled whisky on the riverbank.
Dates & prices available upon request.
Forage for Juniper to Make Your Own Gin
While whisky may be the official drink of Ireland, gin is also a popular local tipple. In Ireland’s Ancient East, you can learn the complicated science behind every bottle of Irish-made gin. Head into the forest with a naturalist guide to forage for fresh ingredients, such as juniper and other herbs. Then, head to an exclusive gin school to distill a bottle with your own herbs—making for a memorable souvenir.
Dates & prices available upon request.
Climb a Sea Stack High Above the Atlantic
Head to what Ireland’s Donegal County calls “the most climbable rocks in Ireland” to unearth a secret spot where you’ll be suspended above the Atlantic waves for an adrenaline-fueled climb. But first, visit one of the area’s most remote spots to meet the local Gaelic-speaking characters who call the area home. They’ll guide you through the history of the separation between Northern and Southern Ireland, the basic knowledge of the Gaelic language and their local traditions. Then, you’ll be whisked away to a tiny island, where you’ll climb to the top of a sea stack, then rappel down the steep cliffside high above ocean waves.
Dates & prices available upon request.
When Printful launched its print-on-demand/drop-shipping business in 2013, most competitors were traditional bulk-printing companies that weren’t built for one-off fulfillment of t-shirts and other products. Today, thanks to the e-commerce explosion and a savvy technology-focused business strategy, Printful is the largest company of its kind with three fulfillment centers in the U.S. and headquarters in Riga, Latvia and Charlotte, NC, a fourth that recently opened in Mexico, 500 employees, dozens of product options, and 800,000+ customers around the globe from artists and cause marketers to Twitter-preneurs like WeRateDogs that use merchandise to monetize their ventures.
- The company was founded by two young Latvians who couldn’t find an acceptable print-on-demand drop-shipping partner for a business they ran selling posters, clothing and other items with motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
- It has doubled revenues every year since inception, fulfilled more than 10 million orders generating over $540 million for customers, and is still self-funded.
- Features like 14 integrated e-commerce platforms (more than any competitor), API connectivity, and a mockup generator that creates store-ready product images help fuel business.
- One-third of customers surveyed say their e-commerce storefront is a full-time gig, and three-quarters of the rest say they’re aiming to get there.
Renowned for its one-of-a-kind dining experiences, Soneva is inviting guests to meet “The Tastemakers” – the dedicated, international lineup of skilled chefs and sommeliers who create culinary magic every day at Soneva’s world-leading luxury resorts in Thailand and the Maldives.
The Tastemaker film series officially launches tomorrow with a dedicated video on Soneva Fushi’s award-winning Maldivian Chef Sobah and will then roll out new video premieres every other week through early December 2019. The series highlights members of the talented food and beverage teams across Soneva Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva Kiri, offering a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into everyday life in Soneva’s kitchens, as well as insight into each Tastemaker’s personal journey, cooking style and gastronomic philosophy, including:
Chef Benz is the Thai chef named after her father’s favorite brand of car. Discovered by Soneva founders Sonu and Eva, Chef Benz’s unmatched ability to craft exquisite Thai dishes from even the humblest local ingredients has earned her a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative cooking talents.
Chef Sobah is proud of his Maldivian heritage. He is known for putting his own contemporary twist on Maldivian recipes handed down by his mother and grandmother. His original restaurant, Sobah’s, located on a deserted island near Soneva Fushi was the first resort restaurant in the Maldives to exclusively offer Maldivian delicacies. Chef Sobah now delights diners at Out of the Blue by Sobah with modern Japanese fare using fish caught fresh from the ocean that day.
Chef David knew the first time that he walked through the doors of a professional kitchen that he had found his place. From an early age he set his sights on working in the best kitchens in the world. To this day, he claims to have never worked a day in his life – his kitchen is his home and cooking is his passion.
Chef Priyantha is head chef at The Crab Shack at Soneva Jani, possibly the most romantic restaurant in the world. He grew up on a diet of lagoon crabs in Sri Lanka and now serves a menu inspired by the family recipes of Soneva chefs.
Join Chef Ansari and his team as they take you on a gastronomical journey around the world. The menu provides a guide but the real magic happens when the chefs and guests meet, allowing the chefs to use their creativity and passion to produce a meal that will be remembered forever.
Chef Jenefer grew up foraging around her rural home in the Philippines. Her sense of adventure has never left her and how she uses her knowledge of botany and her skills as a chef to present plat-based dishes that look like works of art at Soneva Fushi’s Shades of Green garden restaurant.
From humble beginnings, Chef Ravi used his wits and his charm to persuade those around him to teach him to cook. He has since worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. Visiting his restaurant Down to Earth is like walking into a family home where you will be greeted with a smile, a warm welcome and exquisite food cooked from the heart.
Chef Kichii Okabe blends Japanese tradition with an informality and playfulness that charms his guests. A Japanese grand master chef with a Michelin star heritage, he is on a mission to make people happy, and he knows good food makes people happy.
To discover more about these chefs and to watch the rest of Soneva’s Tastemaker series, visit https://www.soneva.com/the-tastemakers. For more information about Soneva resorts in the Maldives and Thailand, visit www.soneva.com.
Air Italy is delighted to announce that on March 29th 2020, will be recommencing its flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, reiterating the airline’s commitment to North America in addition to its existing year-round services to New York and Miami.
The airline announced today the opening of sales for its 2020 summer season confirming Summer 2019 destination portfolio and providing an opportunity for early planning for both the trade and the public.
In addition to the above routes, all of the current 2019 summer schedule to Africa: Cairo, Dakar, Accra, Lagos and Sharm el Sheikh are also on sale for 2020.
Air Italy will also be continuing to serve daily multi-frequencies and connections with international flights from Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia,
“Due to the excellent performance of our network during 2019, we are very pleased to be able to announce the commencement of sales for 2020 with the entire network remaining for next summer,” said Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Operating Officer. “This demonstrates our commitment to both the domestic and international market, our network strategy, and our desire to enhance the travel experience for our passengers once more, through early planning opportunities and continued service to our popular destinations.”
Milan Malpensa remains at the core of Air Italy’s 2020 network, with more than 170 weekly frequencies operating from the carrier’s main hub in the peak season, 26 of which are North Atlantic routes as follows:
Milan Malpensa – New York: daily annual
Milan Malpensa – Miami: 5 weekly annual
Milano Malpensa – Los Angeles: 4 weekly summer seasonal
Milano Malpensa – San Francisco: 4 weekly summer seasonal
Milano Malpensa – Toronto: 6 weekly summer seasonal
During the winter season 2019/2020, Air Italy will operate new long-haul seasonal destinations such as Maldives – which will be offered until the end of 2020 Easter holidays – alongside Mombasa and Zanzibar. These new routes will be launched in October 2019 and will be operated by the airline’s A330-200 aircraft during the winter replacing the summer seasonal flights from Milano Malpensa to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.
Highly-coveted Los Angeles fashion label, RtA Brand partners with hip-hop star Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) to celebrate the launch of his new album Hotel Diablo.
To help kick off the launch, MGK will be doing a personal appearance at RtA’s flagship store in West Hollywood Ca, this Sunday, July 14 at 4:00pm. Additionally, the Barneys New York and Beverly Hills locations will unveil the capsule collection on the same day.
The RtA X MGK capsule collection will consist of three limited-edition styles and artwork all inspired by his new album, lyrics, and world tour Hotel Diablo. The celebrated rapper spent the past two month faithfully teasing the project with records, “Hollywood Whore,” “el diablo” and the standout single “I Think I’m OKAY” featuring newcomer Yungblud and Blink 182’s Travis Barker.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Machine Gun Kelly has been hard at work showing off his acting chops in two major Netflix releases, Bird Box and the Motley Crue biopic, The Dirt. MGK was also featured on the Motley Crue’s track “The Dirt (Est. 1981)” which appears on the film’s soundtrack. Fans can catch MGK live when he resumes Hotel Diablo World Tour in August following his annual EST Fest in Butler, OH on August 2-3.
The goal of the collaboration was to create items that had both the RTA and MGK signature feel to it. The jeans are embroidered with lyrics from the album, while the tops are a modern take on vintage rock t-shirts. There is a large white box on the bottom of each top, so MGK can personally sign them for his fans. The goal was to create elevated vintage rock and roll pieces that can essentially be personalized memorabilia.
The RtA X MGK “Hotel Diablo” collaboration will be available in limited released quantities at www.rtabrand.com, the Barneys New York and Beverly Hills stores, and the RtA West Hollywood flagship store. Retail price range: $145-$325.
To continue the brand’s 100-year anniversary celebration in 2019, Champion Athleticwear is releasing the second drop of their limited-edition Century Collection, launched online (7/9) at Champion.com and in their five retail stores on 7/12.
Throughout the year, Champion has been showcasing a variety of modern-day teams while also looking back at key milestones in the brand’s rich history that have cemented the signature ‘C’ logo within sports and popular culture. These new styles include Champion’s iconic Reverse Weave given an all-over print makeover, which is heavily inspired by the brand’s heritage, and new color ways. Additionally, each piece includes a hidden label so Champion fans can join the 100th Anniversary “For the Team” celebration and mark what team means to them today while sporting their Champion team uniform.
Record-shattering artists Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus have unveiled a new version of their global No.1 hit today. The new official remix of “Old Town Road” features viral singer/yodeler Mason Ramsey and hip-hop heavyweight Young Thug, alongside Nas and Cyrus. CLICK HERE to stream.
The cultural phenomenon that is “Old Town Road” feat. Cyrus has achieved RIAA© Diamond status of more than 10 million units and continues to lead the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the 14th consecutive week.
“Old Town Road” is now officially the longest running Hot 100 hip-hop single of all time and the first song in history to sell 10,000,000 copies while remaining No.1 on Billboard. The star-studded music video for the track has exceeded 200 Million views since released in May.
Recently, Lionsgate unleashed a trailer featuring “Old Town Road” to promote the September 20 release of “Rambo: Last Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone. CLICK HERE to watch.
CÎROC Watermelon Frosé
7 oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon
24 oz. Cups of ice cubes
½ Bottle of pink Moscato (Pink)
.25 oz. Lime juice
22 oz. Watermelon flesh, seeds removed
-Puree Watermelon Flesh & Freeze into ice cubes
-Blend frozen watermelon cubes, lime juice, vodka & pink Moscato
-Serve in empty watermelon & garnish with mint
Note: Expect 10 minutes of prep and about 14 hours of freezing time
Summer Watermelon Sparkle
.85 oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon
.34 oz. Cranberry
Topped with Champaign
-Pour Cîroc Watermelon and cranberry into a flute glass
-Top with Champaign
-Garnish with a Watermelon skin twist
Watermelon Le Twist
1.35oz. Cîroc Summer Watermelon
.68 oz. Lemonade
1.35 oz. Soda
.34 oz. Splash of Cranberry
-Pour the ingredients in a tall glass filled with cubed ice
-Garnish with a lime wheel, fresh watermelon wheel & sprig of fresh mint
CÎROC Watermelon Refresh Pitcher
8 oz. CîROC Summer Watermelon
16 oz. lemonade
8 oz. club soda
Garnish: Lemon, wheel, mint or sliced watermelon
Preparation: Combine CîROC Summer Watermelon, lemonade and ice in a pitcher ,Stir until contents are well mixed, Top with club soda
6oz DeLeon Platinum tequila
4oz Watermelon Juice
12 Cherry tomatoes on Vine
4 oz Lime juice
4 tsp Agave
Glassware: Rocks Glass/Collins
Garnish: Lime Wedge and Tomato
Preparation: Mull 12 cherry tomatoes in a shaker. Blend 10-12 pieces of watermelon or 1oz of watermelon juice into shaker,Add in remaining ingredients and pinch of salt. Shake, strain and pour over ice
1.5oz DeLeon Platinum tequila
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz agave
3 large chunks of watermelon
Glassware: Margarita/Rocks Glass
Garnish: Watermelon cube, lime wheel & sprinkle of salt
Preparation: Shake all ingredients with ice & fine strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass
Hailing from the Southside of Chicago, rising R&B star Ann Marie has released a new body of work; her debut Interscope project titled Pretty Psycho. Clocking in at eleven songs with a superstar feature from Jeremih, Pretty Psycho is the follow up to Ann Marie’s Tripolar 2 project released earlier this year which shot up to #3 on the Apple Music R&B charts. Leading the charge on the album is the silky single “Throw It Back” setting the tone for what fans can expect. It precedes two monster tracks in “My Body” and “Drip” (featuring Jeremih) that reinforces Ann Marie’s signature R&B sound of equal parts grit and sexy. Ann Marie’s brilliance in songwriting is a feature throughout the project but especially so on the emotional “Touch Me” and “Decline” which features fellow Chicago artist Sonta.
Ann Marie| Pretty Psycho | Track Listing
Ann Marie | Pretty Psycho | eAlbum
About Ann Marie
Ann Marie hails from Englewood, a neighbourhood on the South Side of Chicago. Releasing consistent bodies of work alongside her collaborative work, the 23 year old steadily built a legion of fans over the past three years. She hit it big with “Handle It,” which came off Tripolar, her third body of work following Unfuckwithable and her self-titled debut Ann Marie. The song went on to rack up over 10 Million plays on Apple Music. 2019 kicked off with a bang for Ann Marie with smash single “Secret,” on follow up project Tripolar 2. The slinky R&B track featured rapper YK Osiris and accumulated over 35 Million views on Youtube in less than 5 months. With her raw storytelling and honey-like tones, Ann Marie began to see her numbers grow. Now based out of Atlanta, the young artist has already accumulated over 700,000 subscribers on Youtube which landed her a spot on the platform’s Foundary Artists list (Youtube’s artist development program). Now celebrating over 100,000 streams per day on Apple Music, an additional 450k+ streams on Spotify, Ann Marie has earned her place as one of music’s most intriguing new artists.