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Posted on: Wed, 20 October, 2021

The last 18 months has given a lot of Irish people a renew appetite to get out and explore what is really on offer around Ireland. The idea of a weekend away spent in a pub may be slowly making way for activity based getaways as we look to feed our senses in a new way. What is often seen as a rite of passage or perhaps a final hurrah on a young person’s journey, the leaving cert holiday abroad is as traditional as the English Paper 1 being the first exam. The team at Irelandhotels.com understand the need to left off some steam in what has been a very difficult and uncertain time for many young adults in their final stage of the school before they move onto pastures new. Whatever the celebration or reason you’re looking to burn off some of that energy, we have hope to help

This week on our #TravelTuesday blog we have given some time to pick out 3 ideas of how people can celebrate with a choice of comfortable and affordable places to stay but more importantly a pick of things to do around Ireland.

The Go Anywhere Gift Card, with its selection of hundreds of Irish Hotels, may indeed provide the perfect “Well Done / Congratulations” gift, but what else is there to do around Ireland?

Tip: When booking your stay please ensure you book well in advance and also shop around. Demand his high this summer and availability is limited with many hotels. Great deals are to be found on midweek stays as well as on midweek activities.


Make a Splash in the West

Despite our numerous perfect beaches, direct easy to the Atlantic Ocean and a choice of schools, the popularity of surfing in Ireland somehow continues to surprise many. It has become many peoples “summer hobby” with weekend trips to various points on the south and west coast and hours spent in the water. Ireland has a selection of surf spots ideal for beginners and those more advanced, surf schools are in good supply (although also in good demand) so rental of suits and boards is usually straightforward. Lahinch in Clare is one of the country’s most popular spots especially for groups and the team at Ben’s Surf Clinic are one of the best in the business.

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Where to Stay: Lahinch Coast Hotel, Co Clare


If location is key, look no further than Lahinch Coast Hotel in the heart of Lahinch. Surf by day and relax by night, whether it’s in the hotel pool or bar and restaurant in this 4 Star beach side hotel. Lahinch Coast Hotel is ideal if you are looking to kick back and enjoy a taste of coastal village life or perhaps explore the coast by car. Self catering options also available.

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Quad Biking in Monaghan

Mix speed, mud, four wheels and Monaghan and you get Irish Country Quads. An off road biking experience to get your heart racing. Irish Country Quads boasts an impeccable safety record. You can also bundle quad biking with a number of other activities including clay pigeon shooting, archery or rifle shooting.

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Where to Stay: Nuremore Hotel & Country Club, Co Monaghan

Nuremore Hotel is a 20min drive to Irish Country Quads and sits on the edge of Carrickmacross town. The 4 –star hotel offers Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam room, Jacuzzi, Gym and Tennis Court as well as an 18-hole golf course on site.

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Dublin from a different angle

There are now a selection of different canoe and kayak operators and tours in Dublin. Whether it is along the 37mile (from Dublin to Kildare) River Liffey, Howth head on the Northside or Dalkey on the Southside. Even The K Club in Co Kildare now offer kayak tours along a private stretch on the Liffey. Kayaking is a great way to see Dublin from a brand new angle away from any crowds, while you can explore the coastlines of North Dublin and Howth Head or the South Side and Dalkey Island. Try www.kayaking.ie or www.citykayaking.ie for suitable options.

Where to Stay: Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin City

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If kayaking is on the agenda, but you’re not sure where then Academy Plaza Hotel in Dublin’s City may be the ideal choice. The hotel’s location close to Connolly Train Station allows a convenient way to visit either Howth or Dalkey, or indeed if you choose to stick around the city. The hotel is also within a 3-minute walk of bus and Luas lines and taxis. It’s location is also convenient if looking to visit Trinity College, Temple Bar, Croke Park or The Guinness Store House.

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What is the Go Anywhere Gift Card?

Our gift cards offer the choice of 400 hotels and guesthouses around Ireland all on one hotel voucher/gift card. You can also book direct, avoiding any extra charges, and redeem your voucher at the hotel. If you have extra charges on check out, simple redeem any remaining balance on your gift card against it.

The Go Anywhere Gift Card can provide the perfect gift for any occasion, whether it’s recently for finished exams, a wedding, birthday or retirement our selection of 400 hotels and guesthouses that accept our gift voucher along with an abundance of activities and attractions now open again in Ireland are sure to provide an option for anyone.

To purchase a Go Anywhere Gift Card, click here