Stay-cation in Ireland

Orla Matthews

StayCation in Ireland

The ship has sailed on a J1 this summer; the beaches of Thailand are calling but your bank balance says nope not a hope! Even a backpacking trip around Europe is definitely out. It looks like you’re staying put on Irish turf, however that doesn’t mean that travel and adventure is off
limits too. It’s time to consider a staycation.


Along with being budget-friendly, a staycation is the most sustainable way to holiday. No plane rides mean no
excessive carbon footprint, no luggage allowance, or the general stress of airports. In many
cases, you can bring your pet along too!

Keep it cheap, cheerful and adventurous by getting off the beaten tourist track and exploring
some hidden gems. Book a hostel or grab that tent from the attic and don’t forget your student
card to get discounted travel by bus or train to any one of the following destinations.

If you like an action packed holiday you can’t go wrong on Achill Island, with some of the most
stunning beaches in the country there is surfing aplenty from regular to kite to wind take your pick!
Go Kayaking at Dugort or snorkelling at Keem bay, take a pony ride on the beach or a
hike up any of the hills. Don’t forget your bike and cycle the great western Greenway into Westport.

Just south of Kenmare and a hair raising trip over the Healy Pass is the stunning Beara Peninsula.
Visit the hauntingly beautiful village Allihies or the tropical gardens of Glengarriff. Take a ride on
Irelands only cable car out to Garnish Island. If you need to totally unwind, a meditation retreat at
the Buddhist temple Dzogchen is just what the doctor ordered.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, then a visit to the Antrim Coastline is a must! From Dunluce
Castle and Ballintoy harbour to Castleward House and Gardens aka Winterfell and the dark
hedges to a tour of the Titanic studios in Belfast, it’s time to channel your inner Jon Snow or Aria
Stark and take an epic adventure north, preferably before winter!

For as little as €40 each per night you and your friends can hire a boat on the river Shannon! Besides
chilling with a BBQ, a few beers and a fishing rod there’s actually tons to do along the river from a
visit to Clonmacnoise to Portumna Castle the Argina Mining experience or get adventurous at
Lough Key and go zip lining.

Fancy a retro holiday in a mobile home in the sunny southeast? With big sandy beaches you can
chill, build sandcastles, kite surf the waves or body surf the dunes, volunteer at the seal rescue or
play the slots and a game of crazy golf in Courtown, maybe a day trip to Wells House or Hook
Head with a spooky visit to Loftus Hall? Or spend a day picking delicious strawberries.

Orla Matthews

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