Rural tourism became fashionable a few years ago and is a real success around the world, especially in Europe, where there are spectacular places to discover and spend a fantastic holiday being in contact with nature and escaping from the madding crowd. Some time ago a British newspaper drew up a list of the best destinations in Ireland for rural tourism, so I will give you a short summary in case you want to choose that country for your holidays:
– Delphi Mountain Station , County Galway: It is between Killary Harbor and the Bundorragha River and there you can practice all kinds of non-motorized sports in all its forests, rivers and beaches, as well as being able to bathe with organic seaweed. Accommodation costs about € 40 per night.
– Refuge on Trinity Island , Cavan County: Located on its own forest island, you can spend the day swimming or fishing, as well as stopping by the sauna or doing other types of activities. The weekend costs you about € 700 and the whole week € 1,100.
– Cnoc Suain , County Galway: This is a beautiful stone house that was renovated into a ranch. Twice a week they have Irish poetry and music readings live and around the fire. The weekend costs from € 450.
– Old Milking Parlor , County Wicklow: It is only an hour from Dublin, very close to the Wicklow Mountains and 10 kilometers from Brittas Bay, one of the best beaches in the country. Without a doubt one of the most spectacular places. Weekend € 400 in low season.
– Benwiskin Center , County Sligo: A perfect place for biking or walking through the Glenniff Horseshoe Valley, where legend has it that lovers Gráine and Diarmuid spent their last night before dying. It’s cheap, for € 15 you can get one night.
– Clare Island Yoga Retreat , County Mayo: If you want to completely withdraw from the world for a few days this is the ideal place to do it. There is a yoga studio and a cottage in the hills. It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. About € 250 for a weekend.