Top 5 Weekend Breaks in Ireland

By on Apr 06, 2014

The Emerald Isle is home to stunning scenery, natural attractions, and warm people, all of which are ingredients for a great weekend break. Here are the top five destinations in Ireland that you should visit on your next weekend break.

Cork

Cork

Weekend breaks in spring are truly wonderful—the county is filled with vibrant colours and exciting contrasts, with plenty of things to do and experience. Cork City is a pleasant urban destination, with plenty of markets, shops, and restaurants that embody the unique flavour of this Irish destination.

North Cork, on the other hand, is the perfect destination for relaxation if you want to get away from the busy cities. You can check out the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey Bantry, the Coole Churches, the Glebe Gardens, and the Lavit Gallery.

Boyne Valley

Boyne Valley

Explore the magical landscape of the Emerald Isle in Boyne Valley, undoubtedly one of the best heritage destinations in the country. One of the most popular attractions of Boyne Valley is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bru na Boinne.

The valley is also home to a wide variety of attractions and activities, including shopping destinations and spa resorts to soothe your city-weary body. Plus, accommodation in Boine Valley is relatively inexpensive, considering the amenities, facilities, and services that visitors get to enjoy.

Clare

Clare

Clare is a foodie’s paradise—if you want to savour the amazing flavours of Ireland, this is the place to go. Aside from the numerous pubs and bars where visitors can enjoy great food with a pint or two, there are also other gourmet destinations such as the Carrygerry Country House, Teach Ui Bhriain Bar, The Island Restaurant, Moy House, and the Barrtra Seafood Restaurant.

If you feel guilty about eating too much in Clare, you can rent a bicycle to explore the Shannon Region. Do not forget to enjoy the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren for your dose of otherworldly Irish landscapes.

North Kerry

North Kerry

If relaxation, peace, and quiet are your priorities for your weekend break, then you can head over to North Kerry in the Dingle Peninsula. Many visitors enjoy the laidback pace of this area, which is complemented by the warmth and hospitality of the locals, who are always eager and enthusiastic about orienting their guests on the culture and heritage of the region.

You cannot miss the exciting attractions in North Kerry, which includes the Minard Castle, the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium, the Ceann Sibeal Sybil Head tower, the Lislaughtin Franciscan Friary, and the Listowel Castle. Sample the local delicacies at the numerous restaurants, pubs, and bars in the area.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny

Travel back in time when you visit Kilkenny, with its charming cobbled streets and medieval cityscape. Walking along the streets of Kilkenny is a delight—the Nore Valley Walk offers not only wonderful sights, but also great pubs and cafés that offer respite once your feet start complaining.

When in Kilkenny, make sure to visit the St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, the Tinnahinch Castle, Kells Priory, the Watergarden Centre, Granagh Castle, and the Kilkenny Castle.

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