Irish getaway breaks are surging in popularity. Why not stay put this summer?
More and more Irish are holidaying at home and there’s no need to go far to have a great holiday.
From the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland has it all when it comes to creative, interesting choices for a 2017 summer holiday whether new or familiar.
Whether it’s a family trip, a romantic weekend or a gathering of friends, the tourism season is now all year round in Ireland. From Dublin to Wexford, Donegal, Athlone and the Aran Islands, numbers choosing Ireland for their holiday have been increasing rapidly.
Figures released by the CSO in 2016 showed that families took almost 2.1 million domestic trips in the first three months of the year, compared with more than 1.5 million outbound trips.
It’s easier than ever to find an exciting break with SuperValu Getaway Breaks with a huge range of top quality hotels in top locations across Ireland, all at prices you’ll love. And don’t forget Real Rewards members can collect points with every booking!
Here are five top Irish getaway breaks for summer 2017:
1. Kerry – the most beautiful place on earth?
National Geographic described the Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”.
Independent.ie readers nominated this part of Kerry as the place they love to holiday in most in Ireland and their favourite ‘home from home’.
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most important places archaeologically in Ireland with relics from the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Ecclesiastical period. The views are quite simply breathtaking with green fields, staggering cliff edges and some of the best beaches in Ireland.
“The next parish to America”, the Blasket Islands are easily accessible and it’s a great place to practice your Irish, as it’s freely spoken in this Gaeltacht area. From Fungi to great restaurants, to a thriving music scene and stunning beaches along the stunning Slea Head drive it’s hard to beat.
2. Galway – go there now
Galway has come out on top to win the designation of European City of Culture for 2020 and it is a hub of creativity and imagination right now.
Go there now and get in there first and you can enjoy racing, the arts and the amazing coastal fresh air, scenery and seafood and great welcome that Galway is famed for.
Go west this summer and have a blast! Connemara has some of the most stunning and breathtaking views in the country when you want a break from the bustle and pub culture.
Highlights include Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, theatre in Galway city, Connemara National Park, Inisbofin Island, Clifden and of course the Sky Road.
3. A new look at Laois
Laois still remains somewhat undiscovered and off the beaten track when it comes to being on the radar for a getaway break. It’s now at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East with a great free app now available to enable visitors to get all the information they need.
Co. Laois is often neglected and not given the focus it deserves, but there are many churches, monasteries and abbeys to explore and a wealth of great restaurants and facilities.
From the Rock of Dunamase to Emo Court, from Heywood Gardens to Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum to the many golf courses, it’s an interesting choice with a difference.
4. Choose Clare
Co. Clare is a versatile choice for a holiday break. This county has the perfect mix whether you want a family surf holiday at Lahinch; check out the lighthouse at Loop Head or go dolphin watching at Carrigaholt to spot Europe’s biggest group of bottlenose dolphins.
There’s also the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. Go underground at the Aliwee Caves or the lesser known Doolin Cave.
The foodie culture is alive and well and of course Clare is the home of traditional music and the famous Willie Clancy week and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
5. Donegal – islands and beaches
You don’t need to pile on to a plane to find the best islands and beaches in the world. Donegal was named ‘the coolest place on the planet’ for 2017 by National Geographic, topping the cool list.
You’ll need to get in quick though as the magazine voted it as the destination that writers predicted will be popular this year due to the popularity of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Star Wars factor.
The combination of wilderness in Donegal with Blue Flag beaches, offshore islands, cycling loops, forest parks and castles, matched by fantastic restaurants and good nightlife makes it a real consideration for the summer of 2017.
The Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny is the ideal choice for a visit to Donegal or if you fancy something a little further afield, visit Redcastle Golf & Spa Hotel in the beautiful village of Inishowen on the tip of Donegal. For more Donegal options, visit supervalugetawaybreaks.com.
Where will you staycation for the summer of 2017?
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