Things to do in Ireland this Summer
July 9, 2018 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Ah, Summer, the time for relaxation, parties, holidays, sun and much more is almost upon us, but I know that some of you may struggle with what to do in Ireland and have had many a summer where you basically do nothing (I can relate).

Anyways, as summer is fast approaching and the weather is getting better, even if it’s only very slight, I’ll be giving you ideas of what you can get up to this summer all around Ireland.

Hell and Back

Killruddery Estate in Bray, County Wicklow – For those looking for a mental and physical challenge this summer Hell and Back is the country’s largest obstacle course run.

Hell and Back convert stunning private farm estates into adventure playgrounds, where participants must complete a 10-15KM trail route crossing rivers and lakes, climbing hills and mountains and crawling through bogs and swamps.

To survive, you must conquer all the elements thrown at you, whether that is the temperamental weather conditions, the gruelling natural environment or the torturous man-made obstacles.

Waterford Garden Trail

Waterford City and County – For those with a green thumb, the Waterford Garden Trail features 13 gardens. There are lush gardens of landmark houses, more intimate grounds of smaller properties and garden centres.

A number of the older gardens have been lovingly restored through the years, while the smaller ones are maturing beautifully with time. Group visits are welcome and owners of many of the gardens are available to talk about their garden.

SeaFest

Galway City – This family-friendly festival is a great way to discover Ireland’s maritime heritage. SeaFest showcases Ireland’s abundant maritime resources – raising awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and also celebrates our proud maritime heritage.

This sounds like a weekend of fun for the family which will include learning all about our oceans, including the creatures that live beneath, how we explore our seas, the ships that transport us and the fascinating tales from the deep.

The Summer Series at Trinity College

Dublin City – I know for sure that this is a favourite summer event for many Irish people. It’s where music is celebrated and you know you can just enjoy and have a good time with your friends.

This year’s line-up includes Grace Jones, who will open the event, pop triad Wyvern Lingo, and Il Divo and the Trinity Orchestra. Gavin James will headline on Saturday and Imelda May will close the event.

Gowan, gowan, gowan – I know you want too.

Electric Picnic

Stradbally Hall, County Laois – I know, I know – typical, but the reason I’ve decided to include this is because it’s so popular and a huge hit.

Acts this year include Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack, N.E.R.D, Dua Lipa and Ben Howard. Festival-goers can romp around the 600-acre estate and experience its many attractions including Body and Soul, Trenchtown, Salty Dog and Trailer Park.

Nature Walk – BlueStack Way

County Donegal – From what I understand, this is not one for the faint-hearted, so I would suggest getting your fitness levels up before tackling this.

However, going for a hike along the rugged Blue Stack Mountains, you can expect peaks in excess of 600m, but stunning views.

The total route takes a few days to complete on foot, but there are B&B stops along the way. Alternatively, hike part of the way with a packed picnic before returning home.

FOTA Wildlife Park

Cork City – This sounds like a really fun day out and I would recommend taking a trip upto Cork for a few days and going to see this attraction.Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City.

Visitors can see animals feeding and foraging for food while they enjoy a walk around the beautiful surrounds of Fota Island itself.

Coincidentally, the park offers a number of Camps during the year, in particular around school mid-terms and the summer holidays, so if you have kids, I would definitely suggest signing up for this.

Pottery Painting

Dundrum, Dublin City – Before you judge this activity, it isn’t just for the artsy people, it’s really enjoyable and relaxing and it can be such a laugh when paired with a glass of BYO wine at Giddy Studios.

Located in Dundrum Town Centre, choose whatever you want to paint, be it a mug, bowl, plate, or ornament. And don’t worry about being creatively-challenged, the Giddy team is great at helping with hints and tips.

Wakedock

The Docklands, Dublin City – This is Ireland’s first cable wake park, so if speed and water are your thing, you will most certainly enjoy this. Guided by an instructor, you can determine how fast or slow you go and when you feel ready you can give the ramps and jumps a go.

They have five obstacles, an incline ramp with a rail, a small and a big kicker, a slider and a rooftop rail, which guarantee tons of fun for more advanced riders.

So get your togs on and plan a day out.

There you have it, I hope I’ve given you some inspiration as to what to get up to this summer!

 

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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Things to do in Ireland this Summer
July 9, 2018 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Ah, Summer, the time for relaxation, parties, holidays, sun and much more is almost upon us, but I know that some of you may struggle with what to do in Ireland and have had many a summer where you basically do nothing (I can relate).

Anyways, as summer is fast approaching and the weather is getting better, even if it’s only very slight, I’ll be giving you ideas of what you can get up to this summer all around Ireland.

Hell and Back

Killruddery Estate in Bray, County Wicklow – For those looking for a mental and physical challenge this summer Hell and Back is the country’s largest obstacle course run.

Hell and Back convert stunning private farm estates into adventure playgrounds, where participants must complete a 10-15KM trail route crossing rivers and lakes, climbing hills and mountains and crawling through bogs and swamps.

To survive, you must conquer all the elements thrown at you, whether that is the temperamental weather conditions, the gruelling natural environment or the torturous man-made obstacles.

Waterford Garden Trail

Waterford City and County – For those with a green thumb, the Waterford Garden Trail features 13 gardens. There are lush gardens of landmark houses, more intimate grounds of smaller properties and garden centres.

A number of the older gardens have been lovingly restored through the years, while the smaller ones are maturing beautifully with time. Group visits are welcome and owners of many of the gardens are available to talk about their garden.

SeaFest

Galway City – This family-friendly festival is a great way to discover Ireland’s maritime heritage. SeaFest showcases Ireland’s abundant maritime resources – raising awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea and also celebrates our proud maritime heritage.

This sounds like a weekend of fun for the family which will include learning all about our oceans, including the creatures that live beneath, how we explore our seas, the ships that transport us and the fascinating tales from the deep.

The Summer Series at Trinity College

Dublin City – I know for sure that this is a favourite summer event for many Irish people. It’s where music is celebrated and you know you can just enjoy and have a good time with your friends.

This year’s line-up includes Grace Jones, who will open the event, pop triad Wyvern Lingo, and Il Divo and the Trinity Orchestra. Gavin James will headline on Saturday and Imelda May will close the event.

Gowan, gowan, gowan – I know you want too.

Electric Picnic

Stradbally Hall, County Laois – I know, I know – typical, but the reason I’ve decided to include this is because it’s so popular and a huge hit.

Acts this year include Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack, N.E.R.D, Dua Lipa and Ben Howard. Festival-goers can romp around the 600-acre estate and experience its many attractions including Body and Soul, Trenchtown, Salty Dog and Trailer Park.

Nature Walk – BlueStack Way

County Donegal – From what I understand, this is not one for the faint-hearted, so I would suggest getting your fitness levels up before tackling this.

However, going for a hike along the rugged Blue Stack Mountains, you can expect peaks in excess of 600m, but stunning views.

The total route takes a few days to complete on foot, but there are B&B stops along the way. Alternatively, hike part of the way with a packed picnic before returning home.

FOTA Wildlife Park

Cork City – This sounds like a really fun day out and I would recommend taking a trip upto Cork for a few days and going to see this attraction.Fota Wildlife Park, part of the Zoological Society of Ireland, is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City.

Visitors can see animals feeding and foraging for food while they enjoy a walk around the beautiful surrounds of Fota Island itself.

Coincidentally, the park offers a number of Camps during the year, in particular around school mid-terms and the summer holidays, so if you have kids, I would definitely suggest signing up for this.

Pottery Painting

Dundrum, Dublin City – Before you judge this activity, it isn’t just for the artsy people, it’s really enjoyable and relaxing and it can be such a laugh when paired with a glass of BYO wine at Giddy Studios.

Located in Dundrum Town Centre, choose whatever you want to paint, be it a mug, bowl, plate, or ornament. And don’t worry about being creatively-challenged, the Giddy team is great at helping with hints and tips.

Wakedock

The Docklands, Dublin City – This is Ireland’s first cable wake park, so if speed and water are your thing, you will most certainly enjoy this. Guided by an instructor, you can determine how fast or slow you go and when you feel ready you can give the ramps and jumps a go.

They have five obstacles, an incline ramp with a rail, a small and a big kicker, a slider and a rooftop rail, which guarantee tons of fun for more advanced riders.

So get your togs on and plan a day out.

There you have it, I hope I’ve given you some inspiration as to what to get up to this summer!

 

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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