In The Press The Travel Writing of Keelin Riley

Welcome to the travel writing portfolio and press page of Sun Scribes! Here you will find some of my favourite articles that have been published in various media, including print, online and television.


After a tough six months for the Irish tourism industry I was delighted to help promote Kerry tourism with this two-page spread on off-the-beaten-track locations in the Kingdom. This was in conjunction with Kerry County Council, promoting the new Safe Destination 2020 Badge. All pictures are my own.
Another post-COVID staycation piece in conjunction with Connemara.ie. I was kindly invited to Connemara to spend a weekend exploring the beautiful Wild West. Pictures kindly donated by Elizabeth Keaney.
"Fly Me To Paradise": A descriptive piece written on travelling through the Philippines for families, honeymooners and budget backpackers alike.
"A Wales of a Time": A fun collaborative piece I wrote for the Irish Sun in association with voco™ hotels. The new hotel chain is an extension of IHG and they recently opened a new hotel in Cardiff, Wales. I was kindly invited to check out the hotel and explore Cardiff city for the weekend.
"A Drive on the Wild Side": An article published in March 2019 with the Irish Sun about road-tripping independently around Sri Lanka. This piece gained a lot of reaction and I was given positive feedback through social media. All pictures are my own.
"Maldiving Into Resort of Dreams": Published in the Irish Sun, this article details budget travel throughout the Maldives. This two-page spread describes life on the local islands of the Maldives and compares holidaying in resorts to holidaying on a local island.
"On The Road Less Travelled": Written in the wake of the Bali earthquakes, this two-page spread in the Irish Sun details Indonesian alternatives to Bali. It is a topical piece discussing the environmental stress Bali is under from recent earthquakes and over-tourism. All pictures are my own.
"Snap Happy Down Under": Recently voted the world's most "Instagrammable" country, this two page-spread is about the growth of tourism Down Under thanks to social media. I also discuss how the influence of Instagram on Irish millennials and their travel habits. All pictures are my own.
Not exactly travel-related, but I love this piece I did in association with Optilase, something that has certainly enhanced my travel experiences. Published in the Irish Sun, this two-page spread details my laser eye surgery, pre and post-op. Pictures copyright of the Irish Sun.
One of my very first travel articles which was published in the Irish Times. This piece details my experience sky-diving while on a j1 visa in Maryland, USA.


Another article written on the Maldives, tweaked and written for the style of women's Irish magazine IMAGE. Here I took a different angle on this topic and rewrote the piece for honeymooners on a budget.
An article published in Lovin.ie on travelling through Australia on your annual leave. This is a detailed piece with a breakdown of how to make the most of a three-week holiday Down Under. All pictures used are my own.
When I moved to Australia I was chosen as the #OzAmbassador for USIT Ireland. While travelling through the country I blogged and shared my experiences on the USIT website and their social media platforms.
This article takes me back - my very first travel piece published in the media, circa 2014, when I was still a journalism student. I interviewed social media star Allan Dixon about his win of Tourism Australia's 'Best Job in the World' competition.


Fast-forward five years later and Sun Scribes is appearing on RTE's Today Show as a finalist in Ireland's Best Animal Selfie with Allan himself as one of the judges.

My favourite travel video, filmed and edited by me, was featured on the social media of UniLad Adventure. The video has 100K views and counting.


During the summer fo 2019, I was nominated by a number of peers in the travel industry for Best Travel Writer at the Travel Media Awards 2019. Though I didn't take top prize on the night it was an honour to be shortlisted as a relative newcomer to travel writing.
Sun Scribes entered the Irish Blog Awards in 2018 for the first time thanks to nominations from readers and social media followers. The blog was subsequently long-listed then short-listed for the Best Travel Blog of the Year.
The award which kick-started my writing career many moons ago. I was the recipient of the Young Journalist of the Year Award with the Irish Independent while I was studying for my Leaving Certificate. My winning article detailed about life in the local GAA community.
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