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It's been a while since we've had the chance to pack a weekend bag and head off for a nice break. Here are some great staycation ideas from Think Business for when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted...

Ashford Castle, Mayo


Ashford Castle and Dromoland Castle joined forces for their re-opening last year to offer guests the option of spending time between the two castles. On one hand guests can enjoy the lavish luxury of Ashford Castle for two, three or four nights before moving on to enjoy the medieval splendour of 16th century Dromoland Castle. Here's hoping they will do somthing similar when the latest restrictions are relaxed!

Belfast and Co. Antrim coastline


Belfast is the perfect city to explore on foot. Being the birthplace of the Titanic, you know there are plenty of cultural opportunities to enjoy in this city, from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum to many parks, gardens and galleries. The Giant’s Causeway along the Antrim coast an hour away is also worth checking out as is the Bushmills Railway that connects the causeway with the historic town of Bushmills.

 

Castlemartyr, East Cork


Situated on 220 acres of stunning ground and woodlands in east Cork, Castlemartyr Resort combines luxury self-catering with a hotel experience as well as dining outlets, a health club and golf course.

Centre Parcs, Longford


Located in 'Longford Forest' (Newscastle Woods) with more than 400 acres of woodland, Centre Parcs will be reopening in July to welcome families back to its villages. The resort boasts picturesque views, a range of indoor and outdoor water activities and spa facilities.

Connemara, Co Galway


With amazing landscapes, there is a lot to see and do in Connemara such as visit the stunning Connemara National Park, Manor Connemara Ponies, Glengowla Mines, Clifden Castle and the Station House Museum.

Delphi Resort, Co Galway


Delphi Resort is a 4-star resort located in the mountainous and stunning setting of the Delphi Valley, near Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway. Slightly off the beaten track, the resort is the perfect destination for a family holiday. With several facilities and everything you need onsite for your stay, the resort offers families the chance to spend quality time together in a beautiful environment and make lifelong memories.

Derry City


If you’re interested in learning more about Northern Ireland’s fascinating history and present, then Derry is the spot for you. Go on an intimate tour guided by a local of the famous city murals, and wash it down with a hearty feed at the street-food spot Pykes and Pommes. Marvel at the walls or go on a Derry Girls tour to walk in the footsteps of Erin and her friends.

Dunmore, Co Waterford


Another classic staycation. You won’t go hungry here as there are plenty of great places to eat and drink (when pubs and restaurants reopen). In terms of activities, the possibilities are endless with adventure centres offering tons of water centred activities like kayaking, canoeing, SUPing, climbing, caving, archery and more.

Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh


When it comes to peace and tranquility, look no further than Enniskillen and the wonderful Fermanagh Lakelands. From 5-star hotels and friendly B&Bs to glamping and bubble pods, Enniskillen has ample accommodation options to consider, offering everything from a relaxing retreat to an activity packed family break.

Fota Island, Co. Cork


Fota Island is one of Cork’s most popular jaunts with its 100-acre wildlife park. At Fota Island, you can explore over 780 acres of open spaces, beautiful gardens, Fairy Trails and woodland walks, which is said to be one of the key factors guests are looking for when looking for somewhere to holiday this summer. If you stay at Fota Island Resort, you will have access to all the fantastic amenities onsite such as Fota Island Spa, Fota Island Adventure, and three Championship golf courses.