5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer in Ireland

Discover all that Ireland has to offer

What to do in Ireland this summer

Words by maven46
July 12th, 2019

Summer, if you’re lucky, is the time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. No matter what your plans are for the season, whether you’re staycationing or visiting from abroad, make sure you make the most of your time here and discover all that Ireland has to offer with our list of five things to do in Ireland this summer. Let this be your guide to the summer of a lifetime and ensure you remember it for years to come.

photo: Adam Markon
Howth, Dublin

Do Something Old

Sometimes, the best new adventures start in an old place. Make the most of a summer in Ireland by revisiting a place that holds a lot of history. Visit one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Brú na Bóinne in County Meath (an easy day trip from Dublin) or Skellig Michael, which is just off the coast of County Kerry. Kiss the Blarney Stone at the 600-year-old Blarney Castle or visit the historical tombs in Boyne Valley that date all the way back to 4200 BC.

Do Something New

What better season is there to pave a new path and do something new than summertime? Summon your courage and take surf lessons at one of the many surf schools around the country. Embark on an epic hike through the Irish landscapes, or take a leap of faith and go skydiving. You can even try kitesurfing on Duncannon Beach, river tubing on the River Inny, or rock climbing in Dalkey Quarry.

Spend Some Time with Friends

Summertime is made for making memories with friends. Find tickets to the Galway International Arts Festival in Galway (15th July through 28th July), The Festival of Curiosity in Dublin (18th July through 21st July), and Electric Picnic in Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois (30th August through 1st September). Of course, if you’d rather spend quality time conversing with your friends, there is nothing quite like an old-fashioned road trip and where better to do so than Ireland? With so many backroads to explore, you can catch up while surrounded by stunning scenery.

Go Some Place Blue

Living on an island, it would be a crime to not make the most out of the surrounding sea during the summer months. Go for a dip at the Vico Baths in Dalkey, grab some gear and go on a snorkelling expedition or test out kayaking with seals in Bullock Harbour. While there are countless beaches to visit in Ireland, some of our favourites are:

 Dog’s Bay in Co. Galway
 Sandycove in Co. Dublin
 Barleycove in Co. Cork
 Fanore in Co. Clare
 Tyrella in Co. Down

photo: Conor Luddy
Vico Baths, Dalkey
photo: Conor Luddy
The Claddagh, Galway

Find a Place That’s Just for You

Making memories with others is a summertime staple, but it’s also nice to create memories that are just for you. Try to disconnect this summer and make a memory that you don’t have to share with the world. Find a new coffee shop to journal at in the morning. Great places to start are Established Coffee in Belfast, Coffeewerk + Press in Galway, and Proper Order Coffee Co in Dublin. Reconnect with nature, and yourself, on a hiking trail, or take yourself on a solo holiday to Dublin, Galway, or Donegal.

You will create great memories no matter what you do this summer. Plan and prepare, but don’t feel a need to force a good time. When you approach the world with an open heart, you are certain to have life-changing experiences that will make the most of your summer.