Take a Road Trip
One of the best ways to make the most of your trip to Ireland is to take a road trip. While this is true at any time of year, Ireland’s beautiful summer bloom makes July a particularly special time to drive the country and coast. You can pack so many sights into your trip by renting a car and planning your route. Try the Causeway coastal route and take in the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, or explore the world’s longest defined coastal touring route on the Wild Atlantic Way. You might even prefer to take in 5,000 years of history among the castles of Ireland’s Ancient East . Whatever route you choose, we are sure it will be a summer to remember!
2. Go to a Festival
There is no need to miss out on festival season whilst travelling in Ireland. Whatever you are into, we are sure the Irish will show you a good time. Ireland has many festivals covering music, food, crafts and much more all year round, but the summer season really sees the country’s most cultural events. Why not check out Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in County Mayo or the Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival in Donegal? If you are more of a foodie and want to try all the local produce Ireland has to offer, check out A Taste of West Cork Food Festival in Cork for inspiration!
3. Go Surfing
It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Ireland, but did you know Ireland has an excellent surfing scene? With the waves putting the ‘wild’ in Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Surf Coast stretches from Donegal Town down through Sligo to County Mayo and beyond. Check out local surf schools to find out how you can spend a thrill-filled day and get the inside track on surfing in Ireland.
4. Go Camping
Camping is huge across all of Ireland with many campsites and caravan sites to suit every budget. The beautiful Irish scenery makes finding great hikes easy, and with a more temperate climate during the summer months, it really is the perfect time to explore Ireland’s great outdoors. If you are more ‘glamping’ than camping, why not check out the Bubble Domes at Finn Lough in County Fermanagh.
5. Go Island hopping
If you thought all of the action was reserved for the main island, you are in for a pleasant surprise. There is nothing on earth quite like Ireland’s islands, and the summer months mean you can easily hop on a boat to explore! Visit rugged Rathin, check out the Christian heritage of Boa and Devenish . Visitors now flock to see UNESCO world heritage site the Skellig islands, not only for their astounding beauty, but because they were the setting for Luke Skywalker’s island refuge in the recent Star Wars films.
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