With Irish destinations at the top of our lists this summer, we would love to share with you some our favourite places to visit and top tips to staycation!
Ireland is known for its striking coastline, rugged beauty and its green fields. With holiday destinations usually packed full of visitors, this year, we have the place to ourselves. What better time to explore what our beautiful country has to offer by making the most of our staycation destinations. Here are some of our favourite places:
Camping in Kilkenny
We love the great outdoors and with tons for the kids to do, Nore Valley Camping gets our recommendation! Perfect for a night or two, there are loads of lovely walks to choose from around Kilkenny. The Woodstock Loop Walk is perfect with kids and a nice way to visit the quaint village of Inistioge. At the top there is plenty of room for the kids to run around and play hide and seek on the grounds of Woodstock House.
Pop into Nicholas Mosse Pottery in Bennetsbridge afterwards where you can watch the pottery makers at work. The Castlecomer Discovery Park is a lovely way to spend a few hours, we love the Tree Top Walking and Climbing Wall. Spend the afternoon visiting Kilkenny Castle and stroll around the city. Perfect spot for an ice cream: in the beautiful courtyard ‘Castleyard’ behind the Kilkenny Design Centre, where you can discover lots of different craft and design from local Irish makers.
A charming seaside town perfect for a day trip that has options for the whole family. Enjoy the view of Dublin Bay or spend your time browsing Malahide’s many boutiques. Try your hand at sailing or make your way around the historic Malahide Castle. One of Ireland’s oldest castles – the 12th century castle has spectacular grounds and gardens. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and venture through the fairy trail witnessing enchanting experiences with lots of hidden gems to be found. Take a walk along the stunning coastal path to Portmarnock and enjoy the delicious local food offered in the many cafes dotted through the town.
Enjoy a sunrise walk along the Salthill prom before taking a dip in Galway Bay off Blackrock diving tower! Spend your days strolling the bustling city with a huge range of local artisan restaurants and cafes all while being in driving distance to Connemara National Park which is packed full of hikes, walks and incredible scenery. Just over an hours drive from Galway city, Diamond Hill is a must do!
Soak in the views on this hike looking over the intricate Connemara coastline with views of Inishturk, Inishbofin and Inishshark. Refuel in Veldon’s Seafarer Bar and Restaurant and stop by the Quite Mans bridge from the most famous Irish movie ever made on your way home. With activities for all ages and all abilities, the options in Galway are endless.