Five Irish staycation ideas for the ultimate summer at home

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With summer fast approaching we are all beginning to plan for the warmer months.

Here are five staycation ideas that are a little close to home.

For peace and Quiet – Donegal coastline


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If you’re looking for a break away from the chaos of life, then why not escape to the remote coastline of Donegal.

Featuring some of the most spec tactual natural views in the country, in Donegal you will be surrounded by magnificent mountains, sprawling fields and incredible coastlines that are sure to ground you in the present moment.

For a crazy night out – Cork City


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If it’s a crazy weekend away you’re looking for, then try Cork city. Whilst the sprawling county has a multitude of beaches, hikes and natural landscape, its nightlife is also one of the biggest attractions of the city.

Wine and dine in some of the city’s most notable restaurants, including Goldie for locally sourced seafood and Moroccan food in Orso.

Why not take a wander around the English Market to pick up some tasty treats? And you have to check out some of the city’s best bars and nightclubs, including Crow Lane and Rearden’s.

For a beach break – Sligo

If you’re a beach lover like myself, then the long, sandy beaches of Sligo have to be on your summer getaway list. Escape to one of the amazing beaches in Sligo, like Rosses Point or Streedagh beach.

Whether you love long walks by the Atlantic Ocean or swimming in the vast waters, there is a Sligo beach for you (also coupled with the most gorgeous villages for a post-swim snack!).

Just make sure you double-check which beaches you can swim in before heading out! Why not try a new water sport and learn to surf with Sligo’s iconic Surf School in Strandhill? It will be an active holiday you won’t forget.

For the City Break – Belfast


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Exploring a new city is hard to beat, so take a trip up to Belfast to have an adventure like no other. Steeped in history, this city features the Belfast murals, Queen’s arcade and Linen Hall Library.

Explore the SS Titanic like never before with Belfast’s Titanic Museum in the heart of the city. Drop off in Queen’s arcade for some retail therapy before jumping into the amazing restaurant scene in the northern city.

For Food & Drink – Dublin City

It’s hard to beat the range and quality of food in Dublin – whether you’re looking for Korean BBQ, traditional Spanish tapas or avant-garde creations, every foodie will end up satisfied in the nation’s capital.

Explore the coastline for fresh Irish seafood in port villages like Howth or head into town for an amazing Italian food in NoLita. If you’re looking for a blow-your-socks-off food experience, Frank’s on Camden Street is a must for any food lover.

You definitely don’t have to get on a plane to experience an amazing holiday this summer, so explore our green island for some rest, relaxation and a great time!

Words by Grace Mollaghan 


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