Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations, revealed

A brand new study from Betfair revealed Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.

Summer is just around the corner and school holidays are almost upon us. So, you might be starting to plan your family trip or romantic weekend getaway.

Whether you’re looking to explore more of what our wee island has to offer or you’re curious to discover some hidden gems around the country, a staycation might just be on the cards.

Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the weather – but part of the charm of an Irish holiday is the fact that you’ll have a great time no matter what. Read on to discover Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations that you simply cannot miss…

The best of the west – the crowning glory of the Emerald Isle

Galway topped the list of Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.
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Online casino operator Betfair conducted a survey to reveal Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.

Respondents voted for their top locations to holiday at home and three west coast counties proved to be Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.

County Galway, home to the stunning Connemara National Park and the island’s Cultural Capital, topped the ranking as Ireland’s most popular destination to holiday at home.

With one in three respondents (37%) voting for the county, there’s no denying Galway has shared its charm among the people of Ireland.

County Kerry took second place on the list of Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.
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Ranking in second place, County Kerry took an impressive 29% of the vote. Home to the famous Ring of Kerry and the jaw dropping Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range, there’s plenty to enjoy while holidaying here.

Heading north, County Donegal ranked third with a respectable 22%, closely followed by Dublin, which took 18%. County Cork closed out the top five, tailing just behind Dublin with 17% of the overall vote.

Ireland’s dream destinations – paradise islands and clear blue waters

The Maldives was the most coveted destination among Irish holidaymakers.

Besides Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations, Betfair also revealed the most coveted foreign destinations among Irish people.

Topping the list was the Maldives, a picturesque archipelago located in South Asia, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Taking 35% of the vote, there’s no denying this picture-postcard destination is a favourite among the Irish.

Claiming second place was The Caribbean, which claimed 31% of the vote, with the breathtaking Greek island of Santorini coming in third with an impressive 22%.

Donegal took third place on the list of Ireland’s most popular staycation destinations.
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Whether you’re on a budget or you just want to see what lies on your doorstep, an Irish staycation is a great option to enjoy with friends and family this summer.

With something for everyone, from a huge array of outdoor activities to charming pubs and a lively cultural scene, the Emerald Isle has plenty to offer when it comes to a great holiday.

So, why not head out west this summer and see what all the fuss is about?

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