Competition heats up in search for Ireland’s top vacation destination - from beach resorts to idyllic country villages

The Beara Peninsula, in County Cork, among the 25 finalists for the Irish Times top vacation locations in Ireland

Nominated by Frank Kelly, who wrote: “Good company, camping, guesthouses, quality hotels and an amazing 16th century castle, activities in a pleasant environment, local guides and quality food experience, all great value.”


Nominated by Siobhan Lynch, who wrote: “Valentia is a magical spot to kick back, relax and holiday in. The vibe is laid back, the pace of life gentle, the scenery all year round is amazing. But what can we do there?, I hear you ask. Quite a lot.”