1. A Free Bus to the Burren

Not only is the national park free to visit, the National Parks and Wildlife Service has a free bus running from the Information Point in Corofin until August 29. The hop-on-hop-off service runs from 10.15am to 6pm seven days a week.

Details: www.burrennationalpark.ie



2. Cruinniú na mBád, Kinvara

Taking place since 1979, the event hosts everything from Hooker races in Galway Bay to guided walks, trad sessions and face-painting in a family-friendly programme that includes the Dublin City Ramblers.

Details: www.cuinniunambad.com ; August 8-10.



3. Templemore Park Fairy Trail

Some of the trees are 250 years old, but they’re mere babas compared to the folklore. The little doors, houses and messages hidden in the forest are a delight….!

Details: www.templemoreparkfairytrail.com



4. Wexford Maritime Festival

The sunny southeast is in its prime right now, so why not make a day of it during this seaside festival? Science workshops, arts and Viking activities, an air and sea rescue demonstration and a new kids’ boat stage named for the USS Alliance are all on this year’s programme.

Details: visitwexford.ie; to June 29.



5. Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo

This 42km, off-road cycling trail is one of the most inspired pieces of Irish tourist infrastructure so far this century. Linking Westport to Achill along the course of a former railway line, the scenery along the western stretches is especially mind-blowing. Bike hire is available if required.

Details: greenway.ie.


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6. The Copper Coast, Waterford

The Wild Atlantic Way may be hogging the headlines, but the coastline between Tramore and Dungarvan is a short strip of sea stacks, mining husks, hidden beaches and postcard- pretty villages that rivals the Algarve. There’s an amazing play park in Fenor too… a contender for the best in Munster.

Details: coppercoastgeopark.com



7. Coole Park, Co Galway

Lady Gregory’s house may be long gone, but plenty remains of her country estate, including the famous Autograph Tree into which Yeats, Shaw and others etched their initials. There’s a 2km family trail, too.

Details: coolepark.ie.


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8. The Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment, Wexford

This August Bank Holiday weekend, Enniscorthy hosts Ireland’s largest battle re-enactment. Watch the pros recreate the events of 1798, or sign up to take part as a redcoat or pikeman…

Details: visitwexford.com; August 2-3



9. Battle of Giants at Lough Boora, Co Offaly

Lough Boora Discovery Park recreates the battle of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Angus on August 24, with additional Kids Zone, zorbing and a climbing wall for good measure. Nature and bike trails are free too.

Details: loughbooraparklands.com


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10. The Donkey Sanctuary, Co Cork

As well as meeting the animals and educating themselves about the plight of neglected and mistreated donkeys, visitors can enjoy farm walks and picnic throughout the estate.

Details: thedonkeysanctuary.ie.

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