5 Beautiful Places to Staycation in Ireland

To call Ireland beautiful is an understatement. That’s why we’ve got staycations pencilled in to our 2019 calendars … and why we’re giving away free staycations this #Januberry.* Because let’s be honest: with so many family-friendly things to do and see, what’s not to love about an Irish staycation?

Below, we’ve listed just a few of the gorgeous places in Ireland to visit based on your family’s holiday preferences. While we’ve just scraped the surface, we’re confident that you’ll find something that suits your family and leave here feeling inspired to go out and explore the island during your own staycation!

5. For the foodies – Kinsale, Co. Cork

The Restaurants’ Association of Ireland (RAI) named Kinsale “Ireland’s Foodie Town” of 2018, and it’s hard to disagree with a title like that! With its close proximity to the sea, it comes as no surprise that Kinsale provides locals and visitors alike with quality seafood. And of course, all that fresh, local food means there are plenty of healthy options for the family.

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4. For the nature lovers – Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: You’d be hard-pressed not to find natural beauty in just about any location in Ireland. But a great place to start is Ballinskelligs in Co. Kerry. Simply driving the Ring of Kerry is absolutely worth the hype with beautiful views at every twist and turn along the winding roads. Mountains and several nearby blue flag beaches serve as the perfect location for outdoor activities, from hiking to kayaking. On a clear night, get the kids to look up at the sky instead of down at their screens for a breath-taking display of the Milky Way. In the morning, drive over to Portmagee where a boat will take you to Skellig Michael for an awe-inspiring trip.

3. For the active families – Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Kenmare sits along the Ring of Kerry, a popular cycling destination, but for a more leisurely cycle, rent a few bikes in Killarney National Park. (Pro-tip: Pack a picnic before you go for lunch al fresco!) If heights don’t make your palms sweat, the kids will surely love the Killarney High Ropes, or take it underground at the nearby Crag Cave for a fascinating and educational excursion. On a sunny day, the waters of the beautiful Derrynane Beach practically glitter in the sunshine, making for a perfectly relaxing day trip. As with many places in Ireland, you’re never too far from the mountains or a coastline, so there are loads of places to hike, surf, kayak, horseback ride, and lots more!

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2. For the history buffs – Swords, Co. Dublin

Ireland has a deep and complex history, and in Dublin, you’ll have access to a plethora of historical landmarks and resources in one concentrated area. Enter: Swords. You and the family will be within arm’s reach of it all, yet comfortably situated just outside of the hustle and bustle. Swords Castle is a must-see, but head into Dublin’s city centre for endless history, making stops at Kilmainham Gaol, the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, and Dublin Castle, to name a few. Look in awe at the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College and marvel at the talent of Ireland’s finest at the Dublin Writers Museum. Of course, the kids will love the infamous Viking Splash Tours or a visit to Dublinia!

1. For those who just want to chill – Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Achill Island is Ireland’s largest island. There, a number of gorgeous blue flag beaches provide tranquil beauty for a day of relaxation. Of course, there’s always the option to swim, surf, or kayak for a bit of exercise. The Deserted Village is worth a visit, as is nearby Westport. Day trip there by car (about an hour drive) or, if you’re feeling adventurous, cycle there via the Great Western Greenway. It’s worth mentioning that you can’t spell “Achill Island” without “chill.” Need we say more?

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What do you think? Where is your dream staycation location in Ireland? Find us on social media @keelingsfruits to share your thoughts and use #KeelingsStaycation!

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Everyone who enters will receive a discount code worth €35 off your own staycation. Visit Trident Holiday Homes to see more gorgeous places to book your own Irish staycation.