It’s almost that time of year for the school holidays to begin which means it’s time to start planning those summer adventures. Escape the crowds and step back in time with the lesser-known hidden gems around the country. Write your staycation bucket (and spade) list and be sure to add SuperValu Getaway Breaks top 5 hidden gems. We’re bringing you the ultimate guide to the best things to do and see in Ireland this Summer.
Walk with Alpaca’s in Wicklow
Walking with Alpacas has become a popular activity in recent years, although it is still unknown from a lot of people. Alpaca farms in Ireland allow you to walk, feed, take photos and snuggle the alpaca’s. There are many alpaca farms around the country offering package deals for family friendly alpaca trekking. Perhaps a girly getaway with an alpaca and prosecco is more your thing. K2 Alpacas based in Wicklow, just 40 mins from Dublin City Centre, offer an array of alpaca adventures including alpaca therapy, meet & greet alpaca experience or they host special occasions to celebrate key life moments. Add this to your bucket list this and rest your head after alpaca trekking in the gorgeous Arklow Bay Hotel, Dylan Hotel Dublin or The Clayton Hotel Leopardstown .
Three Castle Head Cork
Cork has so many wonderful places to explore. A little off the beaten track is Three Castle Head in West Cork. Before you take on this trial, make sure to fuel up with free breakfast in some of Cork’s best hotels, Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Maldron Hotel South Mall or Rochestown Park Hotel . Escape the crowds of nearby Mizen Head and prepare to be blown away by the beauty this hidden gems has to offer. This trail is located on private property; however, the farmer has kindly granted access to the public for a small charity donation. The trail itself is up to an hour long before you will see the Castle appear alongside the stunning views of Cork’s coastline. Mizen head, Lambs head and Sheep’s head are all within view. Once you reach the Castle you can turn back or to continue to the next peak.
BallySaggart Towers Waterford
If you’re looking for a nice picnic spot and to enjoy some scenery, the BallySaggart Towers in Waterford are a must. When we say hidden, these towers are certainly hidden. Located 10 minutes from the town of Lismore, Waterford, this is a nice quiet place to explore. Its takes a 15-20 minute walk before you reach the first towers. They are not visible until this point which makes them even more ‘hidden’. Pair this with a visit to Ballyquin beach or Lismore Castle for the perfect day out. Book your stay in Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan or Treacys Waterford Hotel to relax and reenergise before you take on your next hidden gem.
Loop Lighthouse, Clare
Visit some of the Star Wars ‘The Last Jedi’ filming location taking a trip out to Loop Lighthouse in Clare. Watch the waves crash on this beautiful coastal trial suitable for all ages. This is one of the less known things to do in Clare and is only a stones throw away from Kilkee Cliffs and the Bridges of Ross. The Killaloe Hotel and Spa will be sure to cater for all your post adventure needs with a stunning Sionna Spa, refresh with Beal Bia coffee or recharge at O’Brien’s restaurant and bar.
Duckets Grove, Carlow
Not a county you hear a lot about, Ducketts Grove in Carlow is another hidden gem to add to your list. This is a very interesting ruin which was burnt down in 1933. Part of the building are accessible but majority is not. However, the surrounding gardens and path are the perfect place to unwind on a sunny day. Parking is free and plentiful. In close proximity to the grove is Mount Wolseley Hotel offering a perfect setting for any occasion. With a sweeping tree lined drive, beautiful private garden and tranquil lake, this magnificent resort provide the perfect start or ending to your summer hidden gems adventure.
There are so many hidden gems in Ireland that deserve some attention this summer. SuperValu getaway breaks have over 350 hotels across the country ranging from 3,4& 5-star. If you want to bring the little ones, we have over 300 leisure centre properties to help keep them entertained.