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100 things to do in Ireland this summer - from free days out to staycation adventures and rainy day ideas

School’s out, the sun’s been shining, and we have a beautiful island to explore, so here’s your guide to the best things to see, do and experience this summer

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We are spoiled for choice this summer when it comes to things to do in Ireland

We are spoiled for choice this summer when it comes to things to do in Ireland

The majestic sweep of Achill Island’s coastline, Co Mayo

The majestic sweep of Achill Island’s coastline, Co Mayo

Family fun at Lough Key Forest Park, Co Roscommon

Family fun at Lough Key Forest Park, Co Roscommon

Hydrobiking on Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh

Hydrobiking on Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh

The iconic Derry Girls mural in Derry city

The iconic Derry Girls mural in Derry city

The adults-only Old Barracks coffee shop in Co Tipperary

The adults-only Old Barracks coffee shop in Co Tipperary

A beautiful Summer Glamp bell tent in Wexford

A beautiful Summer Glamp bell tent in Wexford

Tall Boy Toasties in Greystones

Tall Boy Toasties in Greystones

Project Picnic in Dublin

Project Picnic in Dublin

A spread from Burren Smokehouse

A spread from Burren Smokehouse

Guji Coffee Bar at Marina Market

Guji Coffee Bar at Marina Market

Skellig Islands, Co Kerry

Skellig Islands, Co Kerry

Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths

Wild Atlantic Seaweed Baths

Whale Watch West Cork

Whale Watch West Cork

Sea Safari, Co Antrim

Sea Safari, Co Antrim

Galway Hookers

Galway Hookers

Kian Feisser of Carlingford Oyster Company, part of the Sea Louth Seafood Trail

Kian Feisser of Carlingford Oyster Company, part of the Sea Louth Seafood Trail

A campfire at Finnebrogue Woods, Co Down

A campfire at Finnebrogue Woods, Co Down

Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm, Co Tipperary

Ailbhe Gerrard of Brookfield Farm, Co Tipperary

Kaiser Chiefs, who will perform at the Wild Roots festival in Co Sligo

Kaiser Chiefs, who will perform at the Wild Roots festival in Co Sligo

Eamonn Terry in his Criostal na Rinne workshop in Co Waterford

Eamonn Terry in his Criostal na Rinne workshop in Co Waterford

Saints Island, Co Longford

Saints Island, Co Longford

Passengers get pampered on the Waterford Suir Valley Railway

Passengers get pampered on the Waterford Suir Valley Railway

Tullig Wood on the Limerick Greenway

Tullig Wood on the Limerick Greenway

South Bull Wall, Dublin

South Bull Wall, Dublin

Father Ted house at The Burren, Co Clare

Father Ted house at The Burren, Co Clare

Philippa Duff and Sinead Foyle of Sea Hare

Philippa Duff and Sinead Foyle of Sea Hare

Port Moon Bothy, Co Antrim

Port Moon Bothy, Co Antrim

Passengers on board The Brian Ború, which sails from Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Port

Passengers on board The Brian Ború, which sails from Dún Laoghaire and Dublin Port

Strandhill surfing

Strandhill surfing

Narin, Co Donegal

Narin, Co Donegal

The Hunt Museum, Limerick

The Hunt Museum, Limerick

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin

The National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, Dublin

The Thrupenny Pool, Co Donegal

The Thrupenny Pool, Co Donegal

We Are Vertigo in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

We Are Vertigo in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

Thornfield Farm, Co Antrim

Thornfield Farm, Co Antrim

The Arigna Mining Experience, Co Roscommon

The Arigna Mining Experience, Co Roscommon

Axe throwing, Laragh, Co Wicklow

Axe throwing, Laragh, Co Wicklow

Sligo kayaking tours

Sligo kayaking tours

Killaloe Cruises

Killaloe Cruises

Benbulben, Sligo

Benbulben, Sligo

Cormac McGinley offers tours in Co Clare

Cormac McGinley offers tours in Co Clare

Cape Clear, Co Cork

Cape Clear, Co Cork

Caroline McComb with Cáelán McVeigh at the launch the Line of Duty Experience in Belfast

Caroline McComb with Cáelán McVeigh at the launch the Line of Duty Experience in Belfast

The hydrobikes from Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Watersports in Co Fermanagh

The hydrobikes from Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Watersports in Co Fermanagh

The Culloden Estate and Spa in Co Antrim

The Culloden Estate and Spa in Co Antrim

Irish National Stud, Co Kildare

Irish National Stud, Co Kildare

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We are spoiled for choice this summer when it comes to things to do in Ireland

Outdoor adventures

Cycle the Limerick Greenway

The latest in a stream of Irish greenways, this 40km route links Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale along the old Limerick-to-Kerry railway line, in the beautiful western part of the county. It’s just gotten a €10m reboot, and there’s plenty to see along the way, from medieval ruins and Norman castles to pretty stone bridges and countryside views aplenty. You’ll also pass Ferguson’s Viaduct and the 115-metre Barnagh Tunnel. limerickgreenway.ie


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