Spring is officiallyhere and the days are getting longer, so pack away the winter woollies and grab a great value break in Ireland.
Why not reconnect with the great outdoors, take a tasty gourmet getaway, or spend some quality time with the family to one of the many festivals andevents taking place around the country?
To make life easy, all you have to do is get your hands on the new Discover Ireland Spring Special Offers brochure, which is packed with over 200 breaks from all around Ireland. Inside you’ll also find free discount cheques to use against great deals on a range of activities and accommodation.
The brochure is available from Discover Ireland Centres nationwide or you can download a copy from discoverireland.ie/specialoffers. To get a taster, here’s a small helping of what you can get up to this spring!
Step to it!
Re-acquaint yourself with Mother Nature on one of Fáilte Ireland’s 200 national looped walks. Dotted throughout the country, a looped walk is the perfect way to explore Ireland’s coastal, forest, island and mountain trails. Or alternatively sign up to one of the many walking festivals taking place this spring. Whether you take on the challenge ofthe Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail in Westport (23rd – 25th March), the Nire Valley Comeragh Mountains Bogtrot in Waterford (24th March) or simply choose to explore one of Ireland’s six National Parks, it’ll ensure that there is real spring your step!
Fall in love with the country’s capital all over again and take a break in Dublin. You’ll be spoilt for choice - from superb shopping to hidden gems and some of the best cultural action in the country, Dublin city is the place to be this spring. If you’re looking for a reason to travel, then why not help Dublin celebrate its status as the City of Science 2012 with a host of events taking place throughout the spring. Or make the most of Dublin’s Unesco City of Literature accolade with the Dublin: One City One Book festival throughout the month of April, where the city will be celebrating the popular work of James Joyce’s ‘The Dubliners’ through tours, talks and concerts.
Tasty Food Festivals
Spring is a great time to discover exciting events taking place all over the country. To whet your tastebuds there is a host of world-class food festivals taking place throughout the courntry. Here are some details on a few you can get stuck straight into - Galway Food Festival (April 6th - 8th), Waterford Festival of Food Dungarvan (April 12th-15th) and the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival (April 27th-29th).
Unwind on Ireland’s wondrous Lakeland and Inland Waterways and discover a world of serenity and adventure with fun for all the family on and off shore! Spring is the perfect time to captain your own cruiser on the Shannon. Then take time out from the water and enjoy great adventures on land from spooky trips to the haunted Birr Castle in Co. Offaly for Easter egg hunting in Belevedere House and Gardens on the shores of Lough Ennel in Co. Westmeath.
Hit the Right Note
Hit the right note this spring at some of Ireland’s fantastic music festivals. Kilkenny’s Rhythm & Roots Festival (4th – 7th May) promises Americana inspired music in the Medieval City, while Waterford host their own International Music Festival (1st – 13th May). Get those toes tapping at the Baltimore Fiddle Fair (9th – 13th May), take in a spot of the blues by the sea at Bray Jazz Festival (April 29th – May 1st) or head up north for the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival in Bundoran.
For more inspiration, take time out and browse through the Spring Summer Special Offers Brochure. Now all you have to do is pick your spot, pack a bag and enjoy the fun! The Discover IrelandSpring Special Offers brochure is available inDiscover Ireland Centres or download a copy from discoverireland.ie/specialoffers.