So the green light has been given for summer staycations. That’s great news for our home holidays, but also poses some dilemmas. Last summer, popular parts of Ireland were swamped with domestic tourists during school-holiday months, resulting in some overcrowding alongside peak-season rental rates, from Hook Head to Hare Island and from Ballyheigue to Burtonport.
The afternoon sun casts long shadows across a stony field on the edge of a swollen sea. A woman dressed in black crawls across the lumpen land on hands and knees. Her face is a picture of determination; her hair blows wildly in long blond strands about her head. The islands of Deenish and Scariff and the Hog’s Head Peninsula cast a dramatic purple backdrop against the blue water. Several sheep, daubed here and there in garish multicoloured markings, look on bemusedly while the cameraman shouts:
What's it like to visit Ireland's top tourist attractions, splash about on a surfboard, or even take time out at a museum in the new normal? From Tayto Park to the Cliffs of Moher, our writers share their experiences.
Sara, our guide, was tearful at the thought of returning to her home in Madrid. All her relations lived in the Spanish capital, but there was something about life in the Basque Country - and in Bilbao in particular - that had clearly got beneath her skin.
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