Midweek Breaks in Ireland
One of the many perks of Retirement is extra free time, although many of our lovely readers tell us that they are busier now than ever, and wondered how they ever had time for a job! Whatever your commitments, however, if you have the time to treat yourself to a break away, heading off midweek definitely makes sense for the following reasons:
– Save Money and Take Advantage of Better Offers
Everybody knows that weekends are generally the most popular time for travel. Many airlines, hotels, and B&Bs lower their prices during the week to encourage more bookings on days where they have more availability. If you can save more money, you can invest it in your overall break and enjoy the experience even more! You might spend that extra money at the Spa or shopping or at a lovely Restaurant.
If you are travelling solo, you are far more likely to find a hotel that does not charge the dreaded single supplement midweek, or at least are open to negotiating a better rate.
It always pays to ask!
As they say in Ireland, “a dumb priest never got a parish!”
– Far From The Madding Crowd!
Enjoy a more peaceful break with fewer crowds! Because less people travel midweek, you will discover fewer crowds at the most popular tourist attractions. If you love the great outdoors, you will have the place to yourself – well almost! With less people about, you will see more and appreciate the experience better.
– Dine Out on a Whim!
Sometimes it’s nice to be spontaneous and go to a really nice Restaurant without analysing it too much. We’ve all had the experience of entering a lovely Restaurant you’re dying to try, only to be told there’s an hour long wait or worse no availability without a reservation. That usually happens when you’re famished!
The chances of such a scenario diminish greatly midweek. You might even get lucky and be offered one of the best seats in the house. If you like to dine early, many Restaurants offer Early Bird Specials which are often not available at weekends.
– Time to Chat!
Possibly one of our favourite reasons to travel midweek! This might not appeal to everyone but if you love to chat and and get the low down, the person working in the shop, hotel, restaurant etc has more time to chat midweek and are not as hurried as they might be at weekends. In our experience, local knowledge and insider tips can be far better than any Guide Book!
So there you have it!
If we haven’t convinced you already, here are our four Midweek Breaks in Ireland which offer fantastic value in great locations!
You will find plenty more in our Hotels section.
Great Southern Killarney, Co Kerry
The Great Southern Killarney is one of Golden Ireland’s most popular hotels, and it is easy to see why. Located only a short stroll from Killarney town centre, and a stone’s throw from the train and bus station, it has been a favourite retreat since 1854. This iconic hotel is an experience not to be missed! Midweek Active Retirement Two and Three Night Breaks Available from October – March.
Clayton Hotel Ballsbrigde, Dublin 4
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge is one of the finest 4 star hotels in the heart of Dublin. This stunning Victorian property is one of Dublin’s most eye catching hotels. Located next door to the RDS and in the beautiful leafy area of Ballsbridge. The hotel is situated beside the DART station which services Dublin City alongside Dublin city bus routes. The hotel is also within walking distance of Dublin City Centre, and Sandymount Strand. B&B Rates from only €60 per person sharing per night midweek.
Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone, Co Sligo
This hotel in Enniscrone commands a prime location overlooking the breathtaking Enniscrone championship golf course, dune lands and stunning five kilometres of golden beaches, perfect for water sports, swimming and long walks and an ideal midweek getaway. Midweek Golden Year’s packages available year round!
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
Enjoy a midweek break in four star luxury from as little as €60 per person sharing. Entertain the idea of the perfect escape and take advantage of the hotel’s city centre location. The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is situated in the heart of historic Kilkenny city and a short 2-minute stroll from the famous Kilkenny castle, a must-see during your visit. It’s city centre location means you are within walking distance of shops, cafés, and museums such as the Kilkenny design centre.