Unfortunately travel restrictions due to the coronavirus has meant we may have to forfeit our plans of sunshine and tans this year, and put our bikinis away for another time, but don’t worry – not all hope is lost.
We may not be able to jet off on holidays this summer, but can make the most of our own island of Ireland. This little country of ours has a lot to offer, and now is the perfect time to get exploring.
If your Leaving Cert holiday got cancelled and you’re looking for an alternative or you and the fam are planning to pack up the car, we’ve put together a list of our top staycation locations in Ireland that you can still enjoy this summer.
Dingle, Co. Kerry
Aptly named “the most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic, Dingle is a magical small port town on the Atlantic Coast. Dingle is famous for its natural beauty and stunning beaches. Dingle offers endless scenic routes to walk and drive, such as the walk up to Eask Tower, located on top of Carhool hill about 4km west of Dingle and the famous Slea Head drive. A must do activity is a boat trip out to say hello to Dingle’s resident dolphin, Fungie. There’s plenty to do for a weekend in Dingle, including a visit to the Aquarium, a surf lesson, and indulge in Ireland’s famous Murphy’s Ice cream.
Tramore, Co. Waterford
Tramore is a seaside town in County Waterford, located on the South East coast of Ireland. Tramore Beach stretches across 5km, consisting of beautiful golden sand and views out across the Atlantic Ocean. Who needs Spain, right? Even if the sun isn’t beaming down, Tramore beach is a breathtaking place for a stroll. We can’t mention Tramore without talking about the Tramore Amusement park. This amusement park is a fun place to come with family or friends where you can spend hours playing mini golf, riding the bumper cars or for those thrill seekers, jumping on the rollercoaster or the frisbee.
Lahinch, Co. Clare
Lahinch or is a small town on Liscannor Bay, on the Northwest coast of County Clare. In the Summer months, Lahinch is a buzzing and lively town, perfect for a staycation. It’s known globally as a top surf location, but don’t worry – if you’re like me and couldn’t even kneel on a board after an hour lesson (never again) there’s plenty more water activities you can enjoy such as kite surfing, swimming, sailing and kayaking. One of the must-sees are the Cliffs of Moher, located just a short drive from Lahinch town. The cliffs are one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Spread along 14km, the Cliffs of Moher offer extraordinary views out to the Atlantic Ocean from 390 ft above.!
For those who prefer a city holiday, Galway City is a must-see spot. One of my favourite cities in the World, Galway City is one of the most picturesque and vibrant places. Galway has a different atmosphere than any city I have been to, and it just oozes culture. For all the foodies, Galway City has some amazing food markets, selling fresh and local food. Take a stroll around Eyre Square, the heart of the City and enjoy the buskers playing traditional Irish music and do a spot of shopping. Further afield, there’s the beautiful Kylemore Abbey to visit.
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Killarney is one of the top holiday destinations in Ireland, situated on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Immerse yourself in Killarney’s stunning scenery, with beautiful castles, waterfalls and greenery. Take a stroll or a cycle to Killarney National Park to see some of the free roaming Wild Red Deer, or take a visit to the extravagant Muckross House, a 19th century mansion and surrounding picturesque gardens. A must-do in Killarney is a boat trip around the lakes, to take in the breathtaking views and attractions. One of these attractions is the enchanted Innisfallen Island. Explore the 21-acre island, including the ruins of the extensive 12th century Augustinian priory and a small 11th -12th century Romanesque church, and enjoy the serenity and calmness of the island.
Top Tips For Booking A Staycation In Ireland In 2020
Things are still in flux around restrictions and Covid-19. Things are looking hopeful, but no one knows whats going to happen. If you are looking at a staycation keep guidelines in mind.
As things are still quite unsure at the moment make sure you check out cancellation policies before booking any accommodation.
Booking.com is a great website to book hotels as it clearly tells you the cancellation policy of a property before booking – it usually states the date that you have to cancel by before you have to pay fees. Try find one that allows an option for a refund if cancelled or a late cancellation date.
Another good place to check out staycation options in Ireland is Airbnb. There are lots of great Airbnb options all around Ireland. You’ll also be able to save money on eating out if you go with a self-catering holiday.
And also…ask your friends and family for recommendations on places to visit and stay in Ireland.
The pandemic has been tough and it’s made the world seem smaller, but it’s also after bringing a great opportunity to get to see this little country of ours.
Are you planning a staycation in Ireland this year?