Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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Turtle was short-listed for Best Travel Writer of the Year at the Travel Extra (Ireland) Awards in January 2015. His feature story on the muscial pubs of County Clare was the lead feature in the Spring/Summer 2015 edition of Inspirato, the luxury American Express magazine.

In April 2014, Turtle Bunbury's feature article on 'Irish Manor Houses' was published in National Geographic Traveler. The feature explores five of Ireland's finest country houses - Hilton Park, Ballyvolane, Huntington Castle, Clonalis and Temple House - and also appeared in the online version of the magazine. The photographs accompanying the story are by Jace Rivers.

In 2012 Turtle Bunbury was the judge for the Smedia Travel Writer of the Year Awards. His features include articles on a rainforest vacation in Australia, a writer's retreat in Monaco and a sprightly tour of the south west of Ireland.

Turtle was selected as Travel Extra Longhaul Journalist of the Year at Holiday World 2006. The prize was presented in Dublin's RDS by James Malone, President of the Irish Travel Agents Association, and was awarded for an article Turtle composed on Sri Lanka ten months after the tsunami for Abroad Magazine.

His 2006 book, 'Living in Sri Lanka', is a collaboration with Irish photographer James Fennell. Published by Thames & Hudson and launched in March 2006, the book received widespread attention for its positive portrayal of post-tsunami Sri Lanka. It was declared "Book of the Month" by The Essential KBB, "The Hot Read" by In Style and one of the three "Hot Summer Reads" by Elle Decoration. The Financial Times, The Scotsman, The Independent, House & Garden, The Irish Times, International Homes Magazine, Image Interiors and The White Book were amongst other major players to give their full support to the book.

Turtle's travel stories have appeared in Vogue Living, The New York Post, The Irish Times, The Australian, NWA World Traveler, Ryanair Magazine, Serendib (Sri Lankan Airways), the Sunday Independent, Abroad and Cara.

He was a frequent reviewers for some of the Alastair Sawdays' "Special Places to Stay in Ireland" Guidebooks.


In 1990, eighteen-year-old Turtle joined his incorrigible friend Tim Slingsby on a 11 month tour of the world that saw them drive coast to coast across the USA, master poker faces in Hawaii, chase sheep in New Zealand, harvest cotton in Australia and battle the waves in Malaysia and Thailand.

Six years later, Turtle moved to Hong Kong, becoming a regular visitor to South East Asia, primarily Cambodia and Vietnam.

Accompanied by the photographer James Fennell, he has been on assignments to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Gozo and the Czech Republic.

In 2009, he published a series of stories on his adventures in Sicily and Nova Scotia. Further articles on on Australia visit followed in 2012. While the father of two youngsters has a strong focus on Ireland, he is always open to suggestions.