If you are like us and love getting active on a weekend Galavant then this weeks breakaway list if for you! Whether you are into walking, hiking, golfing or kayaking there are lots of destinations worth checking out. And they don’t have to break the bank! Sure going for a long walk doesn’t cost a penny! On this weeks breakaway list we are going to give you our top 5 spots for activity breaks in Ireland.
1. Walking breaks
When we say walking, we don’t mean getting up at 6am to climb up Galtee Mór! Over the past year we have all gotten used to discovering new places to go on our daily walks but wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere new? Some of our favourite coastal walks include the Kilkee Cliff walk, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk, The Royal Canal greenway (just launched last week) and of course kicking the wall at the end of Salthill prom after walking from Galway City.
Our top spot for walking holidays this year will be Dublin! There will be great deals to be had and its a great base for walks up to the Hellfire Club, Killiney hill, Poolbeg lighthouse, Phoenix park and Marlay park to name a few. Check out our blogs on Killiney Hill, the Bray to Greystones cliff walk and Sandycove for some more inspiration.
2. Hiking breaks
After being couped up for the best part of a year, we can’t wait to go climbing again. Me and Miriam are half way through hiking to the highest point in every County. We have all the easy ones done basically! 🙂 If you are a die hard hiker or just starting out there are some great destinations to base yourself for a weekend of sore legs and beautiful views. Our top spots would be Kerry and Wicklow.
There are so many beautiful hikes around Kerry. Between Mount Brandon, Carrauntoohil and everything in between. Check out this great article from Discover Kerry.
Wicklow also has some beautiful treks around Glendalough and the Wicklow mountains. From the Spinc loop in Glendalough to climbing Lugnaquilla, there is something for all fitness levels. (I don’t think we are ready for Lugnaquilla yet!) Check out this article from Kommot on their top 20 hikes.
3. Golfing breaks
So we know very little about golfing breaks here in Galavanting Ireland but I know its a popular past-time with many of our Galavanting friends. Golfing breaks can be super expensive as some courses have really expensive green fees, and really expensive accommodation too. It doesn’t have to be that way though.
If a golfing holiday is your thing then try and book a golf course in the midlands- lots of hotels do golf deals. Our top destination is Co Tipperary. Check into the self catering golf lodges at Dundrum House hotel. For 5 guests this is €494 from June and that includes a round of golf! The first day you could play the Dundrum House course and the second day you have a choice of Tipperary Golf Course, Cahir Park golf club and lots more.
4. Water sports
Ireland is really improving its list of water sports on offer over the past number of years. With all of us wanting to be outside this summer, its the perfect activity breakaway. Hot spots would include Lough Derg. Home to Lough Derg watersports, Aquasplash inflatable water park and My next adventure.
Because Lough Derg is so big, there is plenty of space for lots of different activities. Try and find watersport activities that aren’t on the coast this summer. They will be cheaper and accommodation will be better value too!
Another great destination for a watersport holiday this summer is County Cavan! Cavan adventure centre is also due to launch an inflatable water park. They offer Kayaking trips around Clough Oughter Castle, paddle boarding and lots more. Check out Clonandra Cottages in nearby Redhills for good value self catering accommodation.
5. Kids activties
So we are all about good value here in Galavanting Ireland so we aren’t going to tell you to check into a beautiful forest resort with your own cabin and indoor swimming pool just yet. Who misses Mosney? Those were the days!! Our top destination for a holiday full of fun with the kids is County Meath! Home to the amazing Tayto Park! Its also home to Causey Farm, Navan Adventure Centre, Funtastia Bettystown (on the rainy days), not to mention all the forest walk and fairytrails. You will get lots of inspiration here on the Discover Boyne Valley website.
So there you have it- our top places to go for the best activity breakaway. Get up early and pack up the car, go to bed tired after a fun filled day! We all need these breaks this summer after a winter of being restricted to our 5km’s. Thankfully it seems outdoor activities will be happening sooner rather than later so if there is an activity provider in your own County, make sure to support them.
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Until we Galavant again- stay safe xxx