Things to do in Ireland this summer when you’re on a budget

All over Ireland there are fun activities to try

Written by Conor McCreesh


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.

Best budget Irish attractions

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

Cheap Irish festivals 

K-Fest (Kerry)

Killorglin, Kerry: 1-4 June 2018

K-Fest is an arts festival which puts its emphasis on upcoming artists and unoccupied spaces in Killorglin. K-Fest hosts more than 60 events as well as gallery trail with dozens of live music performances. Other events include spoken word, drama, comedy, short films, street entertainment, and the Screaming Pope Prize ceremony in which the festival awards a single outstanding work of visual art.

Taste of Dublin (Dublin)

Iveagh Gardens

Taste of Dublin is a food festival where guests have the chance to sample menus from the leading restaurants across Dublin. This year's theme is "Food lovers playground" which brings together a huge range of restaurants, producers, bars and exhibitors. Master classes take place over the weekend as well as beer and wine tasting and live entertainment. Tickets from €17.50. More information: Taste of Dublin

Dublin Pride Parade (Dublin)


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 2018 Dublin Pride Parade will be assembling from 12 noon at Stephen's Green, and be departing through Dublin to Smithfield from 2pm sharp. More information: Dublin Pride Parade

Limerick Pride Festival (Limerick)


The festival is made up of a week of events, with the annual Pride Parade and PrideFest party taking place on Saturday 7th July. The week long festival will include everything from workshops, support meetings and discussions to evenings of music and club nights. More information: Limerick Pride Festival

Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival (Clare)


Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival is Europe's biggest singles festival. The festival attracts singles from all over the world looking to find love and for a bit of "craic". You can meet Ireland's only traditional matchmaker Willie Daly in his office in the Matchmaker Bar, or just go to enjoy the live dancing and music which takes place throughout the month. For more information click here.  

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