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Staycations as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM – 9th April 2017


Looking for a last minute Easter break or want some inspiration for Summer holidays? Check out some of my favourite staycations as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.


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I’m just back from a magical trip to the Causeway Coast. Before I went I thought the main highlight was the Giant’s Causeway, however there is so much more to see. What’s great about this coastline is that all the main attractions are so close together. The Giants Causeway, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Dunluce Castle and the Dark Hedges are all within a 20 minute drive from each other. The coastal drive is as good if not better than I have seen on the Wild Atlantic Way and the dining options are excellent. For more information on my trip, read my blog post on the Causeway Coast. We stayed in a beautiful 3 story 3 bedroom house in Ballycastle, a great option for families, and is available through Airbnb. The Bushmills Inn is a great choice for couples, a multi award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant, ranked in the top 25 hotels on tripadvisor in the UK.

Bushmills Inn Hotel

Price for 2 nights B&B with cocktail, 4 course meal on first evening, entrance to Giants Causeway. £255 per person midweek over Easter holidays. Summer time £258 per person 1 night B&B, £50 a la carte credit, entrance to Giants Causeway. 

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Staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday AM - Causeway Coast

Beachview House, Ballycastle ( Airnbnb)

Price per night from €130 – €150 per night during the summer months. There is limited availability at Easter from Wednesday 19th April for two nights €189 per night including cleaning and Airbnb service fee.  If you haven’t tried Airbnb before sign up here and save €20 off your first stay.

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staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Ballycastle


Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney

There is so much to do in Killarney that you really need a minimum of four days, but more if you have it! The Killarney National Park, Mucross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, the ring of Kerry are just some of the highlights. The Castlerosse Hotel is a great choice, particularly for families as they have self catering cottages on site that have access to the hotels facilities. The hotel has a 20 metre swimming pool, kids club and lots of sports activities as well having an idyllic location overlooking the lakes of Killarney.

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday AM - Killarney

There is limited availability during Easter holidays. Prices from €490 for 3 nights BB & Dinner each day, for 2 adults & 2children. Summer prices in July & August €590 for B&B & Dinner each day for 2 adults & 2 children.

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Harvey’s Point, Donegal.

Voted best hotel in Ireland and 25th best in the world by tripadvisor, if you are looking for a staycation, this has to be on your list. Its only 6km from Donegal Town but miles apart at the same time as it is situated on the shores of Lough Eske and the foot of the Blue Stack mountains. Harvey’s Point offers award winning cuisine and is definitely one for the romantics, as suites come with a bath tub for two!

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Harveys Point

Price for a two night break in a suite with breakfast, one evening meal is €238 pp midweek and €299pp weekend until the 21st of June. There is availability over Easter holidays, not Easter Saturday but before or afterwards.

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Galway.

Situated in Connemara, this luxury castle overlooks the Ballynahinch river in an idyllic location. This is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family break. Enjoy guided adventure walks through the woods or some fishing on the lake. Children will love the farm animals on site and the art competitions run by the hotel. The cultural village of Roundstone is only 15 minutes drive away and Leenane, the village made famous by the movie, The Field, is a 40 minute drive.

staycations as seen on TV3's Sunday Am - Ballynahinch Castle

They have availability at Easter time. Price for a two night stay is €580 based on 2 adults and 2 children, including breakfast each day.

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Like Staycations? Read some of my favourite staycations here.



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10 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit the Causeway Coast Right Now!

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Despite living close to Antrim, I only visited the Causeway Coast for the first time this year. We had rain for the first two days but that didn’t matter. In fact I think it made some of the images more dramatic! Here are 10 photos that will make you want to visit the Causeway Coast.


1. The Giants Causeway

I felt like I was at the edge of the world at the Giants Causeway. You will be surprised at how people step aside, so it is possible to get the perfect photo!

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2. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

The Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is a must do when on the Causeway Coast. The turquoise sea and the stunning views are incredible, regardless of weather!

3. Dunluce Castle

This 14th century  Dunluce castle was the inspiration for the castle in C.S. Lewis tale of Narnia – need I say more?

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4. A ‘wee’ Ulster Fry

Take the morning Ballycastle Food Tour and enjoy the perfect start with the perfect breakfast – ‘A Wee Ulster Fry’ – at the Bay Cafe, Ballycastle.

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5. Fair Head Drive

Just a few miles from Ballycastle – the Fair Head drive is perfect for a road trip. Steep hills, winding roads and perfect sea-views.

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6. Typical Irish Images.

This one was taken along the Fair Head drive but images like this are all over the Causeway Coast!

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7. Bushmills is here!

The Causeway coast is home to the town of Bushmills. Take the whiskey tour in the Old Bushmills Distillery, have lunch or overnight in the cosy Bushmills Inn and have a delicious dinner at Tartine Restaurant, in the Distillers Arms.

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8. Aerial view of Ballycastle

Voted the best place to live in Northern Ireland for the past two years, this coastal town is the perfect base to enjoy the Causeway Coast. Enjoy the sandy beach, cliff walks and many great restaurants.

9. The Best Seafood Chowder you will ever taste!

After a mornings outdoor pursuits pop in to the Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle for some amazing seafood chowder!

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10. The Dark Hedges

No visit would be complete to ‘Game of Thrones’ country without a visit to the Kings Road.

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For visitors information visit  the Causeway Coast and Glens or


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The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery


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