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Top Five Summer Holiday Destinations in Ireland

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published October 28th 2014
How About an Irish Summer?
Nothing beats the Irish hospitality and that is one of the main reasons why a lot of folks really enjoy visiting the Emerald Isle. In addition to having a lot to offer in terms of natural and man-made beauty, the country's pubbing culture is worth experiencing as well. Pubs are more than just places to grab a drink. As a matter of fact, those are the best spots to mingle with the locals. Now, for those that are planning to visit this country, here are five of the best summer holiday destinations in Ireland. Of course, choosing a destination will still mainly depend on what sort of activities people would rather enjoy.

@Darragh Sherwin - Flickr


The capital city of Ireland is famous for its lively music scene and nightlife. Combine the two and anyone visiting the city can look forward to great entertainment at its numerous nightlife establishments. During the day, visitors can enjoy seeing the sights like the Guinness Storehouse, cruising along the River Liffy, shopping, or immersing oneself in the city's history and culture. As pubs go, there are more than six hundred within the city. In addition to pubs, there are nightclubs in the city as well. Those are ideal venues to witness the city's vibrant music scene or other sorts of nighttime entertainment. Due to the sheer number of pubs in the city, pub crawling in Dublin will be an experience to remember.

Galway Cathedral
Galway Cathedral - Flickr/slinky2000


Ireland's Cultural Heart, Galway, is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for anyone that can appreciate Irish culture and the arts. The city is popular for its cultural events and festivals. July is the best time of the year to visit this Irish city as the Galway Arts Festival takes place during that month. This arts festival is the biggest arts festival in the country. Those who are in the city for this festival can enjoy comedy acts, musical concerts, plays, street performances, and parades. Also, from July to August, Galway Cathedral Recitals are held at Galway Cathedral. This event will definitely be a treat for anyone that enjoys classical music.

Bundoran Beach
Bundoran Beach - Flickr/cygri


Letterkenny, the largest town in County Donegal is one of the best places to stay for those that wish to explore the county. Summer time is the best time to visit this town because of County Donegal's beaches. Bundoran Beach is among the best places to surf in Europe. Summer is also the best time for outdoor recreational activities. Aside from hitting the beach, folks that are visiting this part of Ireland will enjoy exploring Glenveagh National Park, Bluestack Mountains, Buncrana, Derryveagh Mountains, and other natural wonders in the area.

@Phahie - Flickr


Since summer season is the best time to enjoy outdoor recreational activities, Killarney is also one of the top summer holiday destinations in Ireland. Famous for its natural beauty, this town is a place where outdoor adventurers can enjoy outdoor recreational activities on land, water, and air. Killarney's lakes, Macgillycuddy's Reeks, Gap of Dunloe, and Killarney National Park are great spots for fun and adventure. First timers should go around the Ring of Kerry to see the best tourist attractions that this town has to offer.

@Iker Merodio - Flickr


Now that Belfast has recovered from the days of The Troubles, it is once again a preferred tourist destination for travelers that are young and young at heart. The Capital of Northern Entertainment is famous for its nightlife scene and for being a young cultural hot spot. Game of Thrones fans can get the opportunity to go to the exhibit that will take place in the city this year. This TV series is filmed at various spots in Northern Ireland which are all worth visiting as well.

Just south of Belfast, adventurers can explore Castlewellan Forest Park. The park is great for those that wish to enjoy nature trips and adventures. When the Titanic Quarter opens, more visitors will be rolling in to experience what this riverside entertainment district has to offer.

Summer is the best time of the year to go on a holiday in Ireland. The Emerald Isle certainly has other cities and towns worth going to, but these are the top five summer holiday destinations in the country.
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