WITH FOREIGN TRAVEL desires deserted for 2021, it appears like one other summer season of staycations forward. The excellent news is that after the intercounty journey restrictions are lifted, there are lots of locations to discover on this truthful island of ours.
February 2021 may very well be the month we scramble to get the final of the vacation properties by the Irish coast. But already, prime coastal vacation spots are closely booked.
If you’ve been whiling away the previous few chilly, boring weeks dreaming of a vacation past your 5Km, then don’t despair, not every thing in Ireland is booked up this summer season. Yes, demand is excessive, as many hope that Covid information might be extra optimistic by the summer season months and we’re permitted an opportunity to flee across the nation for a break.
So what are the choices for holidaying in Ireland within the summertime? The simplest recommendation I can provide first off is to veer towards the lesser-known locations to keep away from the crowds and journey midweek as an alternative of weekends for elevated availability. 
Get your strolling footwear on

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We’ve found a love of strolling throughout the lockdown and after the success of the Waterford and The Great Western Greenways, new strolling trails have been created across the nation.
Last September the 165km National Famine Way was launched which follows the route of 1,490 emigrants who walked from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin throughout the famine.
Walk or cycle the path which largely follows off-road paths alongside the Royal Canal. This 12 months, hopefully, will see the completion and launch of the Royal Canal Greenway which stretches a 130km alongside the 200-year-old canal.
The path will hyperlink Maynooth, Enfield, Mullingar to Cloondara in Co Longford. Cycle or stroll between the factors and return by practice to your place to begin.

Glamping at Goleen Harbour 

A rock pool in Goleen

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After witnessing the expansion of glamping whereas engaged on festivals reminiscent of Body & Soul; Melanie and Matt Mills arrange this eco campsite in a shocking coastal location on the Mizen peninsula in Goleen, West Cork. Bring your personal tent or campervan or lease an eco-cabin, traditional caravan or bell tent.
On-site is an natural vegetable and honey farm, native woodlands, gorgeous flower gardens, Connemara ponies, strolling trails and sheltered rock swimming pools with crystal clear water best for swimming.
Day journeys from Goleen embrace Barley Cove strand which is arguably Ireland’s greatest seashore, and to the Mizen Head guests centre which is located on the rugged cliffs of Ireland’s most south-westerly level.
Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands

Stone circle, Cavan Burren Park

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Stay away from the crowded shoreline and ditch The Wild Atlantic Way in favour of the usually neglected Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. This Fáilte Ireland model was launched in 2018 and stretches from Leitrim to Limerick alongside the River Shannon and takes in a number of midland counties.
There isn’t any scarcity of issues to do and the main focus is on nature, boglands, lakes, rivers and journey actions reminiscent of mountaineering, biking and kayaking. Highlights embrace strolling the Cavan Burren (sure, Clare isn’t the one county to have a Burren).
Hike a 26km path that takes in limestone panorama, Neolithic tombs and caves. Or strive strolling on water on Leitrim’s Blueway; a 600m floating walkway alongside Acres Lake.
You may lengthen this hike by incorporating it as a part of the 14km off-road path that connects Drumshanbo with Leitrim village. Visit the cascading Fowely’s Falls and keep within the funky glamping website, Teapot Lane.
Wild campervanning

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Last summer season my associate and I obtained our personal campervan and it was a game-changer when it comes to holidaying in Ireland. We travelled the size and breadth of the nation, typically with little planning or reserving.

Being self-sufficient with our personal travelling dwelling allowed spontaneity and a way of freedom we’d by no means skilled earlier than. Ireland is less than scratch when it comes to its public campervanning services when in comparison with our European neighbours, although. At occasions it was irritating looking for someplace to park when campsites have been booked out, which was typically the case.
The ‘park4night’ app was a lifesaver in serving to us discover in a single day tenting places. Users share and overview areas to park and the app works with Google Maps to direct you there. With the rise of campervanning in Ireland, right here’s hoping native councils will begin to present services and see the worth that these vacationers convey to native communities.
Buying a campervan shouldn’t be one thing you need to do in a rush, there’s loads to think about and they are often expensive, so should you’re critical about it, do your analysis and take your time. You can lease automobiles should you begin trying round now. Many of the leases might be booked at this stage, however it’s price a strive.
City breaks 

Michelin Star Variety Jones

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We often affiliate metropolis breaks with European journey however why not take advantage of our personal capital? Before Covid, many vacationers from across the nation have been unable to guide journeys to Dublin as a result of worth of lodging and lack of availability. With the absence of abroad vacationers this 12 months, Dublin lodges provide higher worth and extra availability than they did pre-pandemic.
There are a plethora of recent lodges reminiscent of The Hyatt Centric in The Liberties or should you’re on the lookout for one thing slightly extra boutique, take a look at The Wilder Townhouse, Dublin 2. Dublin metropolis has some world-class museums and galleries reminiscent of The National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Jail, The Hugh Lane Gallery and The Irish Museum of Modern Art.
After catching up on some retail remedy, dine in one among Dublin’s eight Michelin Star eating places. Check out a more moderen addition to the Michelin household; the one-star Variety Jones restaurant on Thomas Street. Or if you wish to discover good meals and extra reasonably priced costs head to Parnell St, Dublin’s reply to Chinatown which has a bunch of genuine Asian eating places. You’ll discover all you want at Visit Dublin.

Self catering lodging in Farnham Estate

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Self-catering lodging in coastal areas is already shut to completely booked up. But on the time of writing, there was nonetheless some availability with self-catering lodging in lodges. Take a romantic journey to the likes of Farnham Estate in Cavan and keep in one among their two-bed self-catering homes. There you’ll be able to benefit from the lodge spa and nice eating in The Cedar Room restaurant. Enjoy the outside by trekking one of many a number of woodland and lakeside strolling trails on the property.
The spacious self-catering homes on the Waterford Castle Hotel resort are perfect for households. The brief ferry trip out to this island resort can convey nice pleasure to the little ones, as does the inexperienced space and playground beside the homes.
Center Parcs nonetheless has availability and has loads of actions for all of the household together with The Subtropical Swimming Paradise. But availability for self-catering is getting tight throughout the nation, so get in there quick to keep away from disappointment. 

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As with all bookings this 12 months, be very clear with whoever you cope with on the circumstances for cancellation, modifications of reserving dates and all of the tough Covid-related potential pitfalls.
Fresh air – in your doorstep

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None of us is aware of how and when the intercounty restriction might be lifted and sadly, it’s attainable that it may stay in place for a few of the summer season months. If you’re one of many 1.3 million individuals dwelling in Dublin, for instance, the choices for partaking with the countryside and wide-open areas are restricted.
Before the times of bundle holidays to Spain, Dublin residents holidayed in north county cities reminiscent of Rush and Skerries. And whereas Skerries not has the Red Island Holiday Camp it nonetheless has loads to supply.
Full disclaimer, I’m a Skerries native, however placing my bias apart the city has nice eating places and outside actions. The seashore, harbour and offshore islands provide good circumstances for crusing, paddle boarding and kayaking. There are plenty of swimming areas together with the two.5km lengthy sandy South Strand seashore.
Visit the 18th-century Ardgillan Castle and tour Skerries Mills, a restored wind and watermill. Eat seafood within the harbour restaurant Stoop Your Head, nice dine-in Potager’s Restaurant or head to Olive Cafe for a espresso and a gourmand sandwich. Sleep in The White Cottages, lodging on the water’s edge which provided unbroken views of the harbour and the Mourne Mountains. Enjoy a sundowner on the harbour, the one west-facing harbour on the east coast, which will get magnificent sunsets. If it’s county-travel solely by summer season, check out what your county can give you, and you can be pleasantly stunned.
Deirdre Mullins is a journalist, journey author and TV producer. Twitter: @DeirdreMullins.