Woohoo! The long wait is officially over. After a seriously tough few months battling through Covid19, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Although the typical Irish weather may beg to differ, the sweet smell of freedom and freshly cut grass is upon us. Hello summer!
As we all know, the thoughts of travel and spending more time outdoors may be a little overwhelming for some. The questions of “where do we go?”, “where do we stay?” or most importantly, “where do we eat?”, can become a stressful topic on any normal day, not to mention during a pandemic. So with that it in mind, for all of you who love to travel but hate to plan, we’ve created an unofficial guide to a summer staycation full of fun, free and outdoor things to do across Ireland.
Check out some of our favourite things to do and places to see below:
Blue Flag Beaches and Marinas
Ireland is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches and marinas in the world. So why not pack your towels, shades and sunscreen and visit what’s right on your doorstep? Picture the sea-breeze through your hair, the sand in between your toes and the sun on your skin (debatable, we know – but you get the point). And if you’re feeling peckish, be sure to make an all-important pit-stop for some ice-cream (you’ll find our top 11 ice cream flavours here). We asked around the office for some of our top Irish beach recommendations and here’s what we got:
Banna Beach, Co. Kerry
Derrynane Beach, Co. Kerry
Dog’s Bay Beach, Co. Galway
Enniscrone Beach, Co. Sligo
Keem Bay, Achill, Co. Mayo
Ballyquin Beach, Co. Waterford
Killiney Beach, Co. Dublin
Trá Mór, Co. Donegal
We currently have hundreds of blue flag beaches and marinas on our free award-winning app GeoFindIT so be sure bring it along on your next staycation to find your nearest beach.
Green Flag and National Parks
There is an abundance of green flag parks and six national parks just waiting to be discovered across Ireland. If adventure and activity is you’re thing, why not zip-line through the trees in Roscommon’s Lough Key Forest Park or wander through the wildlife and sculpture trail of Offaly’s Lough Boora Discovery Park? And if you’re a little lazy like us, you could always take it easy and stroll through Wicklow’s Kilcoole Wetlands and Nature Reserve or even get an electric bike and whizz through Donegal’s Glenveagh National Park.
Just grab your hiking boots, a generously packed lunch (and maaaybe a rain coat) and you’re good to go! Over 800 parks can be found on GeoFindIT here and if your favourite park isn’t included, be sure to let us know via our Twitter and we’ll happily add it!
There are a number of historical and heritage sites dotted throughout every county in Ireland. Believe it or not, our little emerald isle is not only famous for the gift of the gab but also for our deep history and culture dating all the way back to 500BC when the Celts first arrived to Ireland. From stone age monuments to medieval castles, there’s something for everyone. Better yet, Heritage Ireland has announced that all OPW heritage sites will be free to enter from now until the end of 2021. So what are you waiting for?
If you need some help choosing your next place to explore, check out our top 8 Heritage Sites to Visit in Ireland. We also have over 80 heritage sites with directions listed on GeoFindIT if you want to start planning your next route.
Playground, the word every parent loves to hear when they want to take a few minutes to rest while their children climb from slides to monkey bars. And luckily enough, there are plenty of playgrounds to be found across Ireland and over 800 currently listed on GeoFindIT. So next time you’re tired from being the designated bag holder, open up our app to find the nearest playground near you so you can put your feet up for a minute (or two!).
Looking for some nice places to stay and eat on your next stay-cay? We’ve got you covered – click here for some of our favourites.
PS. Not sure how to get there? Simply type the address or eircode into GeoFindIT to get the directions to your next destination. Not travelling by car? Get live Luas, Bus Eireann, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus Times on GeoFindIT so you can find the times that best suit you to get you there on time.
Posted: 30/06/2021 17:06:57