With the Easter Break fast approaching, you may have it in mind to do a bit of travelling. But before looking abroad, why not see what can be experienced here in Ireland? Nicole Johnson is on hand to provide her recommendations for traveling at home.
Has the travel bug kicked in and you want to buy that ticket and go somewhere, but you know that time, money, and school can get in the way? Here are five suggestions that only cost a bus ticket or a tank of petrol, and won’t leave you counting the coppers on your return.
The Cliffs of Moher: A trip that can be done in a days driving. It’s the most visited place in Ireland it’s not difficult to see the reason why. It’s a great place to take a walk while looking out over the vast open ocean. There is a little coffee shop and also shops where you can buy a few things that are not all tourist based either.
Killarney: A quick trip into Kerry where there is a lot to do and see. You can choose to do a road trip around the Ring or spend the day walking in Killarney National Park. There are many shops and restaurants in Killarney for you to relax after a your day hiking. Or if you go on the Ring of Kerry or Dingle sure you can always find some town or village with a good pub.
Blarney Castle: It’s just a five-minute bus journey into Blarney from Cork city. You have to pay to get into the park but it’s not too much for two hours exploring. Inside the park you can walk around, kiss the stone if you want, and get some incredible views.
Angus, Waterford: A little sea-side village with holiday homes, a large beach, and a cliff walk, it is a perfect escape from city life. It’s a two-hour drive east and there are plenty of little stops along the way where you can take that perfect picture for the most opportune photo-op.
Connemara: A weekend away is as perfect as a day trip so why not head up to Connemara in Galway? Travelling around the heart of Galway County you will get to see the most picturesque part of Ireland with high rocky mountains, green hills below dotted with grazing sheep. Be careful though, because those sheep might even surprise you by lying on the road!
Road trips, day trips or weekend breaks are a good way to scratch that travel itch. And you do not need to go too far. All you really need is a direction with a map and idea of what you really want to do; if it’s to get away from city life, see something you haven’t seen before, or go out somewhere new it is possibly just a few hours away.
Photography: Nicole Johnson