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Things to do in Ireland this summer without breaking the bank!

All over Ireland there are fun activities to try


Written by Conor McCreesh and posted in opinion


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Whether you are living in Ireland or just visiting this summer take a look at some great things to do to keep you entertained over the summer holidays.

Any time throughout the summer

Cuilagh Way (Fermanagh)

The Mountain which is shared between counties Fermanagh and Cavan and rises just minutes away from the Leitrim border. The route can be walked in sections and provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history. This is a free physical activity that will get you active this summer. More information: Cuilagh Way

Father Ted house (Clare)

A visit to Father Teds house in County Clare is a must for your summer activities. The house is known locally as Glanquin House, and is situated in a beautiful valley with Slieve na Glasha to the north and Mullagh Mor and its National Park to the south. Open year round but you must book in advance. More information: Father Ted house

Go Blo Karting in Bundoran (Donegal)

While Bundoran is known as the surfing capital of Ireland, it also has a wide range of other adventure activities on offer from coasteering to kayaking, SUPing to Blo Karting on the beach. Blo Karting is a very unique adventure sport, involving sitting in a beach buggy with a sail and flying down the wide open beaches of Donegal. Try it out at the TurfnSurf hostel and surf school where you spend the night and wake up to a lovely breakfast overlooking the ocean. More information: Go Blo Karting in Bundoran

Phoenix Park (Dublin)

A day out in phoenix park, you can have a walk and a picnic in the park or take a trip to Dublin Zoo. More information: Phoenix park

Croagh Patrick (Mayo)

One of the most rewarding things to do in Ireland is to climb any of our tallest peaks. Named after our Patron Saint the mountain allows for spectacular views over Clew Bay in County Mayo and out over Clare Island. More information: Croagh Patrick

Dursey Island cable car (Cork)

A cable car to Dursey Island. The tide is too strong at Dursey Sound for boats, hence the unusual method of getting across. The journey takes about 10 minutes, and once you set foot on the island, just enjoy the walks and views. More information: Dursey Island cable car

Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Antrim)

Two activities in one, take a scenic drive/walk around the coastal area of the giants causeway and while you're there take a walk on the 20 metre rede rope bridge, Swaying 30 metres above the ocean will make a great free summer day out. More information: Giants Causeway

The Ring of Kerry (Kerry)

A mystical Celtic tourist trail through some of the best scenery in Ireland.The route starts and ends in Killarney, Co Kerry and covers over 170km of stunning scenery around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is possible to complete this trail in one day, but to do so would mean missing too many attractions. More information: The Ring of Kerry

When and Where

Ireland's Biggest FREE Summer Festival

Dublin: 7th, 8th and 9th July

Cork: 15th and 16th July.

Over 300 spectacular shows, workshops and activities to enjoy. Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular in Dublin's Merrion Square & Cork's Fitzgerald Park this July. Showcasing the best in international street performance, interactive family activations and workshops, delicious artisan producers and street food from around the world as well as a pet wellness area with D.S.P.C.A. More information: Ireland's Biggest FREE Summer Festival

K-Fest (Kerry)

Killorglin, Kerry: 2nd - 5th June

K-Fest Music & The Arts aims to promote culture in all its forms and to nurture the growth of music and the arts to include galleries, live music, film, spoken word, children’s workshops and to foster participation in the arts and artistic thought for all ages. More information: KFest

Taste of Dublin (Dublin)

Iveagh Gardens: 15th – 18th June

The event will be hosted in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens, come along to taste the best of Irish food and ‘Flavours of the World' as there will be a strong international dimension with all chefs and restaurants being asked to incorporate a foreign cuisine element into their menus. Tickets from €15. More information: Taste of Dublin

Insomnia Gaming Ireland (Kerry)

INEC Killarney: 9th - 11th June 2017

Ireland's biggest gaming festival,with family friendly content including Minecraft experts, plus wider video gaming and popular culture, there is something for every fan.

Both Day and Weekend tickets are available to buy, with prices starting from €27.25. Family tickets are also available, giving two adults and two children access to all daytime activities, feature zones and much more, on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. More information: Insomnia Gaming Ireland

Dublin Pride Parade (Dublin)

Dublin: 24th June 2017

This free parade is a celebration of the rich diversity of the LGBTQ community in Dublin, Ireland and the world, with an expanded arts, social and cultural content. The 2017 Dublin Pride Parade will be assembling from 12 noon, and be departing through Dublin from 2pm sharp. More information: Dublin Pride Parade

Limerick Pride Festival (Limerick)

Limerick: July 10th–16th, 2017

The festival is made up of a week of events, with the main event being the Saturday 15th July when the parade takes place. After the parade each year is pridefest at the Hunt Museum & a climax party that evening. Sunday is a day of workshop and recovery events. More information: Limerick Pride Festival

Nationwide – Super Milk Wild Air Run – Ireland’s First Inflatable 5k!

All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course. There is 10 obstacles that combine agility, creativity and a vast amount of fun and also there will be a free Chill Zone with refreshments, seating and music.

Run in Dublin:

  • Malahide Castle – 3rd June
  • St. Catherine’s Park – 8th July
  • Marlay Park – 5th August

Run in Cork:

  • Fota House – 29th July

Run in Kilkenny:

  • Kilkenny Castle – 1st July

Run in Galway:

  • Galway Racecourse – 19th August

Run in Belfast:

  • Stormont Estate – 24th June

Run in Derry:

  • St. Columb’s Park – 22nd July

Run Pricing

Tickets for Super Milk Wild Air Run are on sale and you can book online here through our booking link directly to the Super Milk Wild Air Run tickets sales

More information: Family Fun Wild Air Run

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Published May 19th, 2017
Last updated May 22nd, 2017
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