It’s the weekend once again. Finally! For anyone wondering what they should spend their free time on, look no further. With the help of the Wild Atlantic Way and Discover Ireland websites, we’ve sussed out the best activities across the country:
- Fatbike across the Diamond Hill Loop – Connemara
Sounds exciting already, doesn’t it? One of the best and most adventurous ways to traverse the Wild Atlantic Way is astride the top of two fat wheels. A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized wheels - up to 100mm wide - with tyres to match. The Diamond Hill Loop starts at the visitor centre at the Connemara National Park. From here, the fully signposted and surfaced track takes you along the Sruffaunboy Nature Trail before branching off towards the cone of Diamond Hill. Read more here.
- Winter Wonderland at Westport House – Mayo
It’s nearly December, lads. It’s officially okay to talk about Christmas, and this weekend you can go to see THE ACTUAL SANTA CLAUS. He’ll be there till just before Christmas eve, too. Make extra special memories in the lead up to this Christmas with a magical visit to the stunning and festive historic house of Westport House. Kids get to meet Santa in his 18th century grotto, discuss their wish list and get a gift while parents enjoy a seasonal glass of mulled wine. Read more here.
- Magical Christmas Experience at Kia Ora Mini Farm – Wexford
At the Kia Ora Mini Farm, Courteencurragh, Gorey, Co. Wexford, you can enter a magically wintry land from this weekend right up until December 23. Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer await to welcome you. With thousands of twinkling lights and even more decorations, an animated musical light show, singing Christmas songs on the fire engine, snow machine and lots of lovely animals, magical memories are guaranteed. Read more here.
- Walk across Sliabh Liag – Donegal
Some of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe, County Donegal’s Sliabh Liag (Slieve League in English) are not to be missed. To make the most of your visit, it’s best to leave your car in the car park and walk the few kilometres to the cliffs. As you climb toward the top of Sliabh Liag – which at 601m high is not a place for the faint-hearted – there are terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains. Read more here.
- Rugby Time: Ireland v Australia – Dublin
In Dublin this Saturday, you’re sure to be entertained. Australia made it to the final of 2015’s Rugby World Cup and one year later, they take on Ireland at the state-of-the-art Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road. Check it out here.