With just days to go until nominations close for The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday 2022 competition, Cork is the Irish county with the most entries – 80. It is followed by Monaghan with 60, Kerry with 49, Waterford with 38 and Dublin. with 33.
The Irish Times is looking for the best place to holiday, in association with Fáilte Ireland, by asking members of the public to name their favorite destination – cities, towns, cities, islands and regions – at irishtimes.com/bestplace.
A panel of judges and researchers will scour Ireland to find out the places you suggested – before announcing a winner later in the summer.
All 32 counties are represented in the nearly 450 entries so far, but some counties – despite a host of tourist attractions and popular destinations – barely feature in the competition so far. Tipperary, home to the Rock of Cashel, Glen of Aherlow and Lough Derg, has just one nomination. Kilkenny, a popular city break destination home to attractive villages such as Thomastown and Inistioge, has two.
It’s not too late to put your favorite place on the tourist map: to enter, visit irishtimes.com/bestplace. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Closing of registrations on June 7th.
And to inspire you, here are some of the entries sent in so far by readers, for the places they consider to be the best places to vacation in Ireland, 2022.
Tullycross, Co Galway: “If you like swimming, walking and drinking…”
Tullycross is the perfect place to stay if you like swimming, walking, cycling, climbing, eating and drinking. There are three wonderful beaches nearby. Tully Beach has great waves with views of Silver Strand and Croagh Patrick in the distance. Lettergesh Beach is the world famous beach where the horse racing scene of The Quiet Man took place. Glassillaun Beach rivals any beach in the Caribbean for its beauty and azure waters. Connemara National Park contains a number of walks in a stunning location and wonderful views on every walk. My favorite is an Amazon style walk by the waterfall. Keen cyclists can enjoy short loops around the Renvyle Peninsula or longer tracks which can include Leenane and Cong to the north, or Clifden, Roundstone and Ballyconnelley to the south. Climbers can benefit from the layout [sic] road to Diamond Hill or Tully Mountain, where 50 years ago schoolchildren had to cross to get to school. Tullycross is a culinary paradise, from the excellent Coynes Restaurant to the wonderful restaurant at the Maol Reidh Hotel which epitomizes fine dining. A wonderful breakfast or casual lunch is available at Anglers Rest. World famous restaurant Tullycross produces the best fries in Ireland second only to Burdocks in Dublin. The Renvyle Philly Cheesesteak with the aforementioned fries is Ireland’s most delicious and affordable steak dinner. Coynes and Anglers Rest are year-round drinking establishments with an excellent reputation for craic. So I think Tullycross is the most wonderful place to stay at any time of the year. Tullycross is my Brigadoon and it can be yours too.
Doolin, Co Clare: adventure awaits
Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, offering some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland, and with a colorful and welcoming village ready to welcome you during your stay, Doolin has something for everyone. Situated on the edge of the historic Burren in north-west Co Clare, and close to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the unique Aran Islands, Doolin’s spectacular scenery cannot easily be overlooked. Doolin is the birthplace of traditional Irish music, with plenty of music and craic to be had every night. You can take a clifftop walk, breathe in the fresh, salty Atlantic air while enjoying the beautiful wildflowers, discover the great stalactite in Doolin Cave, explore the rugged landscape or take a cruise on the Atlantic to appreciate the unique coastline from a different angle. Adventure awaits in Doolin.
The Hook Peninsula: 14 gorgeous beaches, one for each day
I want to nominate the Hook Peninsula as the best place to vacation in Ireland. Nestled in the sunniest corner of South West Wexford, it’s a treasure trove of castles, abbeys, beaches, walking trails and water adventures. The first tourists to arrive on the Hook Peninsula were the Normans, who landed on Baginbun Beach in 1170 and loved it so much that they stayed there. As a result, Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, was built at the tip of the peninsula. The lighthouse tour is an interactive odyssey with 360-degree views miles from the top. Returning from the lighthouse, you will pass 14 stunning beaches, one for each fortnight vacation day. Stop at Baginbun where you can hop on a kayak and paddle through a mystical cave. Or visit Dollar Bay, named after the treasure of a yet-to-be-discovered shipwreck. Pause for a delicious bite to eat in the charming village of Fethard on Sea. The castle here dates from the 11th century, but Bronze Age artefacts have been found at the site. Continue through the picturesque village of Saltmills and arrive at Tintern Abbey, a replica of Tintern Abbey in Wales. It was built by William Marshall, the ‘Greatest Knight’, who was caught in a violent storm at Fethard Bay (he shouldn’t have come in the summer!) and swore if he was saved he would build a nearby abbey. Today it has well-preserved ruins, an amazing walled garden and extensive hiking trails. Finally, visit the star-studded Duncannon Fort and enjoy a seafood feast on Duncannon Beach. Just perfect!