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Best Places for a Staycation

Staycation Ireland

Summer 2020, the year of the staycation! Many families are choosing to holiday at home with a reluctance of going abroad, so what better time to rediscover our unique country than now. When searching closer to home for those hidden gems Ireland has to offer, why not consider Galway for the perfect holiday this year. 

Galway has made it into the top 5 sought after destinations to visit in Ireland for your summer 2020 staycation and recently voted the most ‘Instagrammable location’. It’s no surprise considering its special landscape and magnificent beaches. There is something to suit all tastes and preferences. 

The opportunity of re-experiencing the beautiful country on our doorsteps comes at a cost so we want to ease the burden and give people value for money.

Staycation prices

Winters have an array of summer accommodation available as a perfect base to explore Galway and the surrounding areas. With competitive rates from €800 for a 7-night stay for a family of four (2 adults and 2 children), we offer self-catering accommodation which is advantageous for social distancing.  In addition to this, the Holiday Village is taking all appropriate measures to ensure HSE, government and Failte Ireland recommendations and guidelines are followed concerning cleaning properties.

Our apartments are fully kitted out and include free WiFi so whilst you may have to cook your breakfast there are no queues and you can enjoy our facilities in comfort and at a relaxed pace. Being centrally located is a big bonus as you can dine out if you wish. Take a stroll down the cobbled streets or catch a walking or cycling tour in the heart of Galway city, Eyre Square. A great way to see the West of Ireland this summer. 

For more information about the different locations to choose from in Galway for self-catering family and group accommodation, check out our page Summer in Galway.

Staycation ideas

See below our top 10 picks to Stay-Cay in Galway. With many travel restrictions in place, International visitors to Ireland are limited, meaning the usual overcrowded Irish attractions are less crowded this summer.

  1. Connemara

    Take a drive put past Galway and visit Connemara and its surrounding area a place where easily a few days could be spent in Roundstone at the beach, hiking Diamond Hill or adventuring around Kylemore Abbey.


  1. Salthill

    Located just a 15-minute walk from our Dunarus accommodation is the village of Salthill. You can stroll down the promenade, grab some ice cream and have some fun in the amusement park. If you’re brave enough jump off the iconic diving tower, Blackrock.

  1. Aran Islands

    With daily tours available throughout the summer, the Aran Islands is worth a trip. Famous for its ancient sites a great day can be spent cycling the length of the island on a rented bicycle.

  1. Go Kayaking 

    Rent out some kayaks and hit the lough Corrib by the grounds of the National University of Ireland, Galway. Many locals offer guided tours and there are endless options. A great way to see some scenery.

  1. Eat your way through the city

    Galway is renowned for its array of great restaurants on offer from Brunches to Italians. Galway has it all.

  1. Shopping in Galway

    Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling through shop street and pick up some bargains. If you’re in town on a Saturday don’t forget to visit the Farmer’s Market located on Church Lane, Galway.

  1. Galway Cathedral

    One of Galway’s largest and most impressive buildings dating back from 1958 is well worth a visit when in the city.

  1. Eyre Square

    The heart of Galway city. On a sunny day, you will see people enjoying some time in the grassy area in Eyre Square. Grab a coffee and sit out and take a break from all the sightseeing. People watching is fun!

  1. Galway’s Latin Quarter

    There is an abundance of places to visit on this street from cute little shops to restaurants and bars. Certainly, dine al fresco on this street and soak up the atmosphere with local artists providing street entertainment.

  1. Galway’s Long Walk

    Made even more famous by Ed Sheeran’s Video Galway Girl.  This well-known area of Galway is a great spot to enjoy a walk and take some snaps to show your friends and family.