It’s great to escape for a few days but the hassle of flying (especially with children) can leave you more exhausted than when you started.
We’re so lucky in Ireland to have a host of amazing staycation options right on our doorstep and in a new series, we’ll be looking at different destinations and what they have to offer.
This week, it’s Ennis!
How To Get There
Ennis is just a 2.5 hour drive from Dublin on the M7 and leaves you perfectly positioned to take advantage of some of the most naturally beautiful spots in the country. Irish Rail also operates trains to Ennis (via Athenry/Limerick), which take approx. three hours and costs from €20 one-way. Dublin Coach also runs an hourly bus service to the town, which takes 3.5 hours and costs €15 one-way.
Where To Stay
The Temple Gate is located in the heart of Ennis and sits on the site of a 19th Century Convent Of Mercy, with the historic interior making it a really popular choice for weddings. The Old Ground (below) is a really elegant hotel that has been in operation since 1985, while The West County Hotel is a great spot as it has leisure facilities and a pool.
If you’re after a spa break, check out the Auburn Lodge Hotel. Located on the Galway Road, they have a host of relaxing treatment packages at very affordable rates.
What To Do
There are a host of historical features in the Ennis area to visit during your trip, including the Ennis Friary and Quin Abbey, while The Burren is just a 20 minute drive away. The Ailwee Caves in Ballyvaughan are 40 minutes away but definitely worth a trip – while The Cliffs Of Moher (below) is one to tick off the bucket list!
Finally, Bunratty Castle is definitely worth a visit as there is enough to keep you entertained for the whole day. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage in the Angsana Spa at the nearby Bunratty Castle Hotel before tucking into afternoon tea or a Medieval banquet – the perfect treat!
Where To Eat