10 best places for a vacation in Ireland this summer

Now that we’ve finally been given the all-clear for local and international travellers to explore our fair shores, this is the time to discover the best places for a vacation in Ireland this summer.

After 18 months of restricted movement and hard slog, we’re delighted to announce that the government has been given the green light on international travel to and local travel around Ireland. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best places for a vacation in Ireland this summer.

Behind the scenes, we’ve been working away, finessing all of our tours and crossing our fingers and toes for this result. Now is the time to book in that all too deserved summer holiday in Ireland.

For those keen to start discovering how you’re going to experience the island, read on to find out how you’ll be spending your summer vacation in Ireland.

10. The Burren, Co. Clare

The Burren | Ireland’s Content Pool

County Clare is home to stunning scenery, including the Burren National Park, which borders one of Ireland’s most majestic natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. 

To top it off, it is ripe with towns of cultural heritage such as Doolin. This is considered the home of Irish traditional music in Ireland! Perfect for couples and solo travellers. 

9. Dublin City, Co. Dublin

If you’ve lacked in the vibrancy of a city buzz, look no further than Dublin City. Here you’ll find a healthy dose of cultural spots, historical sites of importance, fantastic food, and thriving nightlife.

Dublin is a coastal city. Its proximity to the great outdoors and charming towns such as Howth and Malahide truly give travellers the best of both worlds. Perfect for culture vultures.

8. Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Tullan Strand, Bundoran | Ireland’s Content Pool

The sleepy town of Bundoran in Donegal comes alive in summer as throngs of tourists from all over the world line up on its golden shores in hopes of catching the perfect wave. Popular with youth travellers, this town is home to a wealth of bars, restaurants, hostels, and surf schools.

With a laid back vibe and multicultural community, a trip here is perfect for younger travellers looking to connect with like-minded souls.

7. Connemara, Co. Galway

If the sound of silence and beauty beyond your wildest dreams is the type of summer holiday in Ireland you crave, we suggest heading to Connemara in County Galway.

With vibrant colours and dramatic landscapes, you’re bound to fall in love with Ireland here. An easy-going e-bike tour of Connemara is one of the most magical (and eco-friendly) ways to explore this ancient land. Perfect for nature enthusiasts.

6. Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim

Private tour of Ireland in Northern Ireland
Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland’s coastline is one of the most magnificent on the island. It is denoted by dramatic views and towering cliffs, impressive waves, and remote beaches.

For those keen to explore one of Ireland’s lesser sung road routes, this is it. Game of Thrones fans can experience first-hand many of the filming locations used in the series to top it off. Perfect for TV buffs!

5. Kinsale, Co. Cork

Foodies will rejoice in Kinsale, one of Ireland’s most dynamic destinations for a summer holiday in Ireland. Located in the southwest of the country, Cork has great historical and cultural significance. 

Some of the best seafood can be found in Cork, too. So, if you’re looking for the perfect catch, this could be the holiday for you.

4. Aran Islands, Co. Galway

Inisheer, Aran Islands

If an epic island getaway sounds idyllic, one of the best places for a vacation in Ireland this summer has to be Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway.

As if a portal to Ireland’s ancient past, the Aran Islands are three separate landmasses. They consist of Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer. Remote and largely unaffected by modern life, it’s almost like stepping back in time. Perfect for low key, laid back travellers.

3. Wicklow National Park, Co. Wicklow

Natural beauty thrives in abundance in Wicklow National Park. The area, commonly referred to as the ‘garden of Ireland’, lives up to its reputation of immense beauty and is perfect for hillwalkers and hikers.

It is also home to scenic drives, Ireland’s tallest waterfall, and a preserved ancient Christian monastery and medieval city. Perfect for outdoor activities.

2. Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Achill Island, Co. Mayo | Ireland’s Content Pool

When considering the best places for a vacation in Ireland this summer, no list would be complete without Achill Island. Easily accessible and connected to the mainland, this island paradise is one of the most epic places to visit in Ireland.

Achill Island could rival any traditional summer holiday destination when the sun shines with crystal waters and calm shores ideal for diving. Perfect for water enthusiasts!

1. Wild Atlantic Way, West Coast

For those who want it all, look no further than a trip along Ireland’s most epic road trip route: the Wild Atlantic Way

Deemed as the longest defined coastal route in the world (2,500 kilometres), this is bound to be one of the most memorable trips you’re likely to have on the Emerald Isle.

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