Summer is right around the corner, so let's get planning!
Whether you want to make your way through the Midlands one weekend at a time, or you want to spend the summer months along the Atlantic coast, hitting the road for a savage staycation is the very best way to take in the beauty of this little island of ours.
If you're looking for a unique way to explore the country, there's nothing quite like the freedom that comes with hopping into your camper van and taking to the road, secure in the knowledge that everything you might need is right there in the back.
While you might want to fasten your seatbelt and hit the road right away, you're going to want to consider how you'll finance your trips and whether or not you want to invest in a camper van of your very own.
With an AIB Personal Loan, you can borrow anything from €1,000 to €30,000 online or in-app with loan approval within 3 hours. Quick and easy, you can set the wheels in motion from the comfort of your own home.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the very best staycation destinations in Ireland...
The Ring of Kerry
The ultimate road trip should include gorgeous coastal views, incredible scenery and plenty of stop-off points along the way to explore, and the Ring of Kerry definitely ticks all of those boxes.
From stunning sandy beaches like Derrynane and St Finian's Bay to exploring the great outdoors of Muckross Park and Killarney National Park, there's so much to see and do in Kerry. And when it comes to nightlife, the bustling and busy town of Killarney has loads to offer in terms of pubs and restaurants, making this the ultimate staycation spot for summer 2022.
If your ideal staycation set-up involves going off the grid and enjoying everything Ireland's West Coast has to offer, a trip to Connemara is an absolute must.
For outdoor fun, Connemara National Park is the perfect spot, with loads of trails to explore, a picnic area to relax and unwind in and, of course, the iconic Diamond Hill. Connemara is also the perfect spot to base yourself if you want to make the most of the Atlantic coastline, with loads of stunning sandy beaches nearby including the Coral Strand, Mannin Bay and Dog's Bay.
For lovers of the great outdoors, Wicklow has so much to offer in terms of mountain treks, hiking trails and other scenic strolls. Sugarloaf Mountain is always a popular climb as it usually takes less than two hours to complete and offers incredible views of Wicklow, Dublin and the Irish Sea from its summit.
Next, head on to Bray where you can grab a bite to eat and take in some panoramic views from the Bray Head Walk. And, when you need a break from all the outdoor fun, the stunning Sally Gap drive offers amazing scenery along the way including Glenmacnass Waterfall and Lough Tray.
If you want to feed your passion for history and heritage, the Giant's Causeway is a must-see. During your visit, you'll have the option of viewing the stones by yourself for free, or you can book a tour guide who'll talk you through this iconic structure's history.
Following that, it's time to explore everything the Causeway Coast has to offer. If you're a fan of watersports, this location has loads to offer in terms of scuba diving, kayaking and fishing, as well as plenty of cycling trails and hiking treks to explore too.
Itching for a road trip? If you’re feeling inspired, you can apply for an AIB personal loan today and make your dreams become a reality. Head to the AIB App or check out the online loan calculator on the AIB website for more details.
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