Tuesday 20 March 2018

Wild Atlantic Way destinations most popular for Irish holidaymakers, survey reveals


Road heading the Foggy Mountains in Connemara
Road heading the Foggy Mountains in Connemara
Dingle, Co. Kerry - part of the 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way. Photo: Getty Images/National Geographic
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Ireland’s Atlantic coast is the biggest draw for Irish people holidaying at home, a survey of the country’s most popular staycation destinations reveals.

A new report suggests that those choosing to holiday in Ireland are most attracted to Galway, with 33pc of ‘staycationers’ spending their breaks in the county.

The research, released by Easytrip, revealed that Kerry continues to attract 28pc of Irish people holidaying in the country, while Cork and Mayo place third and fourth on the list respectively.

Ahead of the August Bank Holiday, the research found that some of the most popular tourist hubs this bank holiday weekend will be Galway City and Connemara, while Munster beaches Ballybunion and Lahinch also rated highly.

Co. Kerry tourist towns including Dingle and Ballinskelligs are also expected to experience an influx of holiday makers this weekend.

The long weekend will also be a big one for sports lovers travelling to the capital to attend the Ireland rugby internationals against Wales and Scotland. GAA hurling and football finals will be watched by 40pc of people surveyed this weekend.

The Easytrip research found that people are choosing to holiday in Ireland to relive childhood memories and as a means of convenience.

General manager of Easytrip Colin Delaney said: “Packing the car and heading off across Ireland’s motorways for a breakaway is as popular as ever.

“Our research also shows that a holiday in Ireland can be a very good bonding experience for families and friends.

“We a re very fortunate in Ireland to be able to boast a superb road network. We’d encourage everyone to get out there and to soak up all that Ireland has to offer over the coming weeks,” he said. 

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