Whether it’s a one day outing for a family or a romantic weekend getaway, we have scoured the map for you to come up with our 7 Idyllic Places To Visit In Ireland This Summer. Pack a good book and prepare to relax and unwind in one of these magical places. The perfect escape from those home improvements.
1) Gweedore, Donegal
Sounding like a town in Middle-earth, Gweedore is an Irish-speaking parish in Donegal and is as picturesque as they come. Rent a cottage and take a drive out to Glenveagh National Park and Castle or take a stroll on one of the many long and unspoiled beaches surrounded by mountains and forests.
2) Castletownbere, Cork
Situated on the Beara Peninsula this port town bustles in summer with seasonal markets and fishing boats. Hire a boat or kayak for the day, or take Ireland’s only cable car to Dursey Island then later sample the catch of the day in The Olde Bakery restaurant.
3) Waterville, Kerry
These beaches have to be seen to be believed. Situated around the Ballinskelligs Bay and Lake Currane this is a favourite destination of keen golfers and salmon anglers. But don’t just take our word for it, Charlie Chaplin gave it his stamp of approval by making it his regular retreat.
4) The River Shannon
On this holiday you pave your own way. Cruise the waterways at your own speed, turning in to any harbour you pass to sample the local cuisine or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck as you watch the sunset over Lough Derg. It will feel like ten holidays in one.
5) Clare Island, Lighthouse
This clifftop retreat offers first class views as the waves crash below you and the Atlantic wind sweeps all your worries away. Perfect for a romantic weekend away as hosts Rory and Cora take over and look after a limited number of guests with traditional food and music.
6) Lough Dan, Wicklow
Not far from Dublin this small but beautiful lake in Wicklow is off the beaten track and offers majestic views, a mini beach and a quiet solitude for campers. Stay nearby in a guesthouse or BnB and you’ll have numerous walking trails, pubs and restaurants to choose from.
7) The Lakelands, Co. Fermanagh
The wild, green mountains and glassy lakes in Fermanagh makes this one of the Island’s most tranquil and idyllic getaways on offer. Rent a boat or stroll the grounds of Castle Coole. The Marble Arch Caves will be popular with any fans of Game of Thrones, where the series was recently filmed.