Hey there!

So summer is coming thank god. I’ve put together a list of stuff you can do over the summer time if you’re free and want to take a road trip or head off for a weekend. Ireland is such a beautiful country and although many of you reading this may live here, you may not have fully embraced the Irish culture yet. This is a two part post as there’s so much content and keep in mind I’m only posting about the stuff and places I did experience. Most of these locations are on the West coast of Ireland as they’re close to where I live.

Willie Clancy Week, Miltown Malbay Co.Clare: Last summer a group of friends and I decided to hit Miltown Malbay for a few days to experience some traditional irish music sessions in some Clare pubs. Needless to say it was great craic even though I hadn’t a clue what instruments were what or most of the songs either.

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Fleadh Ceoil, Ennis Co.Clare: This year the fleadh will take place in Drogheda from the 12th-19th of August so if you missed Willie Clancy week and are looking for a good trad sesh or just a good mesh tbh head on up there. Top quality banter was had when we went in Ennis though it was a last minute decision and we hadn’t booked anywhere to stay so we ended up sleeping in the car that drove us down haha.

 

Ashford Castle, Co.Mayo: A bit more prim and proper to be fair in comparison to the previous two. You can get really good deals on rooms for the lodge at ashford castle on websites like Priceline. The lodge is gorgeous and its so close to the castle you don’t feel like you’re really missing out on the whole staying in a castle experience because you can just walk down and have a browse around. While we stayed we had dinner in the restaurant at the lodge which was PHENOMENAL and the mixologist was top class. We also walked around the beautiful gardens and went clay pigeon shooting which I must admit is probably the only sport I’ll ever be good at.

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Co.Galway: I had seen pictures of the beautiful Kylemore Abbey online and had never been, so over summer with nothing to do I decided to grab a friend and go on a road trip. Little did I know that from where I lived it would take 3 hours to get there and ANOTHER 3 hours to get home. It was in the middle of nowhere but the route was definitely scenic and made the experience nice. The day we went it was sunny and warm so we walked around the victorian walled gardens but I don’t think i could have enjoyed it as much in rainy weather because most of the things we saw there were outdoors.

Spanish Point, Co.Clare: This is a beach close to my home town that I’ve been going to for years and it’s my favourite to be honest I love just going for drives here to clear my head. FUN FACT: Ed Sheehan has a song about Spanish Point called Spanish Point. The Armada hotel sits close to the beach and have a really nice menu if you want to make a day out of it and go for some food.

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Cliffs of Moher, Co.Clare : The cliffs draw in millions of tourists from around the world each year and rightly so because #scenes. Spectacular views and even features in a Harry Potter movie.

 

Stay tuned for part 2!

-Bri

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