By Saoirse Higgins
With exams looming over many of us, summer can feel like a million years away. However, in a month’s time you will be free from the grip of those mind-numbing essays. So, how are you going to spend your time this summer? Covid-19 has made this question significantly more difficult for most of us. To ease your worry, SIN has the answers to a Covid-friendly summer.
Under the idea that travel restrictions will be lifted by summertime, Achill Island is an ideal spot for many campers. There are several campsites across the island for you to enjoy. A beautiful island with many scenic adventures to share, it is ideal for those who want to stay safe from Covid-19 but also enjoy their summer. If you go with a limited number of friends or family members there is no reason why camping in Achill shouldn’t be on your list this summer.
Connemara National Park – Diamond Hill
A bit closer to home, I urge people to go out West and witness the beautiful scenery of Connemara. Since April 26th , outdoor amenities such as parks and zoos have been open to the public. I visited Connemara in November and the sight was something to behold. Even a drive around Connemara is breath-taking in its own right. However, if you want to keep it more concise, I recommend visiting Connemara National Park. Within the confines of Connemara National Park is Diamond Hill, a mountain 500ft high that rises above the town of Letterfrack. Stunning views can be captured from the top as well as along the trail. Not only will the views be magnificent, but it will be a great bit of exercise for you and a small number of friends.
There is never a better time to see the main tourist attractions in Ireland than now. With a lack of tourists due to Covid-19, I recommend going to see the Cliffs of Moher. Only a two-hour trip from Galway, the Cliffs of Moher offer amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the view the Cliffs of Moher offer, if you follow the trail out it brings you out to the quaint town of Doolin. With its colourful houses, it’s the perfect place to grab a takeaway coffee or some food if some places are open.
Depending on where you’ll be this summer, there are loads of Drive-In Movie places popping up over the summer. Since April 26th , Drive-In Movies are allowed to operate as normal. The Retro Movie Drive-In is the company that largely offer the service and they have seven locations around Ireland. Although currently only offering Drive-in movies in Dublin, it is likely they will start popping up somewhere near you in the summer.