Springtime can be a great time to travel around the island, and there is no better time to do this than the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. With Easter falling in late April this year, you may even get lucky with some warm weather! We’ve compiled locations across the country that you could explore over the Easter weekend with both family and friends:
Irelands Ancient East - Co. Kilkenny
At the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Kilkenny is certainly a place with plenty to offer for a weekend getaway. Originally a medieval town, it’s rich with heritage and an abundance of historical features. Medieval cathedrals and stone buildings can be found throughout this beautiful county, not to mention the bars and a restaurant on offer. Kilkenny is the type of place that once you arrive, you will likely not want to leave! Why not pay a visit to the Smithwicks brewery, dating all the way back to 1710, and get hands-on with the brewing process. Or, take a trip to what’s known as the city’s centrepiece – Kilkenny Castle. The historic castle sits just above the River Nore and offers self-guided tours to take in its magnificent architecture.
The Wild Atlantic Way - Co. Kerry
One of the main attractions along the Wild Atlantic Way is the Kingdom of Kerry. This idyllic county has a picturesque landscape with so much to offer that you may not be able to fit it all in in one weekend! It is home to Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohil, and beautiful mountain passes like the Gap of Dunloe and Conor Pass. Or why not pay a visit to the county’s shoreline- Rossbeigh and Banna beach to name a couple! Further in-land Killarney, Tralee, and Kenmare all have superb golf courses, visited by tourists from all over the world. If you come across a spot of good weather, Killarney’s National Park is the perfect location to soak in some sun. And for any Star Wars fans out there, Skellig Michael – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is well-preserved from the early Christian period and is home to some 27,000 pairs of gannets (seabirds), along with the famous beehive huts that cling to the edge of the island, thought to be an early Christian Monastery between the 6th - 8th centuries.
The Wild Atlantic Way - Co. Donegal
It’s no wonder that Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by the National Geographic1, because if you pay a visit to the North-West of the country you will be able to enjoy a relaxing getaway with stunning surroundings, sandy beaches, an array of wildlife, and almost untouched islands all on offer. Donegal has it all. Malin Head is certainly worth a visit. On a clear day tourists can see the Scottish coastline and other islands. One of the islands that may be visible is Tory Island, a very unique place steeped in history. To this day, the residents of the island elect a king to act on behalf of the community. The island is also hugely important for its birdlife and is accessible all year round. The beaches of Donegal are also something to behold and are paradise for swimming and water sports, with Ballymastocker Bay voted the second most beautiful beach in the world.
Irelands Ancient East - Co. Waterford
As Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford is most certainly a place rich in history that still holds a fascinating heritage but also has a host of modern attractions that help maintain a lively atmosphere year round. The famous Viking Triangle features narrow streets and buildings such as the Reginald’s Tower and the Bishop’s Palace Museum is a great site to take in. Not to mention the Waterford Crystal factory where guided tours are available. The cliff walk at Dunmore East beach or a trip to Tramore should also be high-up on your list if you plan on taking in some fresh air this bank holiday weekend! And after a trip to the Comeragh mountains to take in the Mahon Falls, why not head back in to Waterford city to try a famous Waterford blaa - a fluffy and floury roll stuffed with a variety of fillings. The choice is yours in Co. Waterford!
So whether it’s the Kingdom of Kerry, the hills of Donegal or somewhere in Irelands Ancient East, Ireland certainly has so much to offer, so why would you go anywhere else this Easter bank holiday weekend!
Information correct as of 3 April, 2019.
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