Since May we have been bringing you a different destination to visit or activity to experience every week. We have had so much fun discovering and exploring this amazing country of ours! So we have decided to compile a list of our favourite destinations of 2016 for you, so you can add them to your bucket list.
No 10. Wild Atlantic Wander of West Clare
This particular galavant stood out for us because of the exceptional beauty of the Clare coast and all the amazing stops along the way. West Clare is already incredibly popular for irish holiday makers but its also a gorgeous drive and there are so many beautiful towns and villages to be discovered!
No 9 Birr Castle and Gardens
Our trip to County Offaly and the amazing Birr castle was a pleasant surprise and I wish I had got there earlier in the day because there was something different around every corner. Even though we didn’t actually enter the castle they have an amazing visitor centre, beautiful gardens and walks, Irelands biggest telescope and a pretty fun kids playground.
No 8 Tramore and the Copper Coast
So Tramore will always have a big place in my heart as it is where we spent all of our summer holidays. Its still a pretty amazing place to visit 20 years on (showing my age now!) with beautiful walks on the beach and cliffs, lovely restaurants and bars and of course the amusement park! The copper coast drive from Tramore to Dungarvan is amazing also. Lots of secluded coves and beaches, plenty of history and breathtaking scenery make this a must do on your bucket list.
No 7 A walk to Sandycove
In September we took a trip to Dunlaoghaire for the blog awards and I took a walk down to Sandycove that day. I ventured through the peoples park, walked passed the old baths and all the way down the coastal walk to Sandycove. Here you will also find the forty foot (a famous bathing spot with locals) and the James Joyce museum. I love visiting Dublin city but the coastal spots on the outskirts of Dublin are just as amazing.
No 6 Kayaking Killaloe
On a very warm July Monday we hitted for the pretty little Shannonside town of Killaloe and Ballina. We had a date with Mike of My next adventure and he brought us on a fantastic kayaking trip up the canal and down the Shannon River on a 2 hour Kayak trip. Mike is an expert on this part of the country and he even made us coffee and fed us with his own homemade cookies. This is a must do trip at any time of the year. My next adventure offer moonlight trips also! Give them a call for a trip in 2017!
No 5 Epic Ireland
This is a relatively new exhibition in the CHQ building in Dublin. The next time you are in Dublin you
have to visit it. If you are not Irish then you will want to be by the end of it. You get a passport on the way in and then travel through all the major events and happenings of the past 100 years or so that make the Irish what we are today. I will definitely visit this exhibition again in 2017 and I think every Irish person should experience it.
No 4 The Wicklow Way to Glendalough
I got another beautiful day for this Galavant and one of Ali’s friends had suggested that I take a different route from Dublin to Glendalough. When I visit again I will definitely be making my way back down through the Sally Gap, past Lough Tay (The Guinness Lake) and Roundwood, and on to Glendalough. Glendalough itself is a beautiful spot for walks, treks and of course St Kevins Monastery.
No 3 A Day out on Dursey Island
So this trip has made our top three because its a trip I will never forget. It was a bit of a damp day as we say in Ireland but the drive down through west cork was still beautiful. Our trip accross Dursey sound on Ireland’s only Cable car was not as beautiful but it was great craic. Dursey Island itself is small and doesn’t take long to explore so its perfect for a day trip. Its in our top 3 because it was something different to do and this part of the country with its rugged landscape is out of this world.
No 2 Spike Island
If you are visiting Cork or live there you need to take a trip to Cobh and hop on the ferry to Spike Island. Once the home of some of Ireland’s criminals, the old prison is now a museum. From the minute you step off the boat and make your way up the hill towards the gates of the prison you are taken back in time to how life would have been for the inmates. The prison only closed this century which makes it even more interesting. I absolutely loved this day out.
No 1 Schull and Mizen head
This was by far my favourite trip of 2016 and one of our first for Galavanting Ireland! Schull is such a pretty little town with beautiful galleries, gift shops, restaurant and bars. Our Hotel for the night was the Schull Harbour Hotel and its definitely worth a visit. Just over the road you will find the most southerly point of Ireland- Mizen Head. The drive from Schull to Mizen head is absolutely breath taking. But no more so then Mizen head itself. This summer I am going to convince Ali to take another trip down there and camp at Barley Cove!
So my top three destinations were in Co Cork but there are so many other spots that we spent time in 2016. Check out all of the other counties we visited on the Blog. We can’t wait for another year of Galavanting in 2017 and to discover more amazing places in the emerald isle. Thanks so much for reading and Happy Galavanting! xxx