Here at Chadwicks, we take plenty of pride in the beauty of our country and its rich heritage so the idea of a staycation has always resonated with us.
If you are staying in Ireland this summer, what are the best attractions the country has to offer?
For fabulous family fun, include some nature or animal watching in your itinerary. You can watch and learn about Ireland’s resident bottlenose dolphins on Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt‘s dolphin and whale watching trips in County Clare.
The Shannon Estuary is home to the country’s only resident group of bottlenose dolphins and there are about 200 living in the estuary. The boat trips not only introduce you to these fascinating creatures, you might also spot additional wildlife such as grey seals or wild goats and you’ll enjoy terrific views of Loop Head and the Kerry coast.
If you prefer your animals on terra firma, then the Secret Valley Wildlife Park near Clonroche, Co. Wexford is a must. This 14-acre park offers opportunities to bottle-feed hungry kid goats, ride ponies, meet bunnies, guinea pigs, lemurs and more. There are also daily adventure hunts and large outdoor and indoor play area.
Many people like to use their holidays for a little self-improvement or an opportunity to learn. If this is you, then Ireland’s many cookery schools are well worth splashing out on. One of the best known of these is the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork.
Founded by Darina Allen, courses are additionally run by well-known TV chef Rachel Allen, Darina’s daughter-in-law. Whilst there are many professional courses that would-be cooks can undertake at the school, options also include shorter and afternoon courses where you can try your hand at gluten-free cookery, afternoon teas and cakes, tapas and more.
For music buffs, the Limerick Jazz Festival (25-28 September) promises many treats. The festival will feature many amazing acts, where you will be able to enjoy the best home-grown Irish talent as well as top acts from the US, the UK and central Europe.
Exploring the country on foot is a great way to see all the sights you’ve probably not had the time to notice before. The Connemara Four Seasons Autumn Walking Festival (18-20 October) is aimed at walkers of all levels and gives you the opportunity to explore the rugged and wild landscape of Connemara in Galway – spectacular scenery guaranteed.
Led by archaeologist Michael Gibbons, the walks combine insight into the area’s historic and cultural heritage with exercise.
Have fun and let us know of any trips you’ve got planned!