Famous for exceptional hospitality and cheap air fares, Ireland sits on the edge of Europe, exposed to the wild Atlantic and wild spouses-to-be. Ireland is one of Europe’s most popular destinations for hens and stags on the hunt for a weekend of craic (fun), ceol (music) and ol (alcohol). As the peak season for weddings blossoms, Ireland will see an increase in the number of L-plate-donning females and costumed males exploring its streets and bars. If you are planning a stag or hen weekend, book your hotel, hire your coach and make your way to one of the following destinations for a weekend of activity, laughter and mayhem.
Dublin – Ireland’s capital is always a favourite. Famous for Vikings, literary heroes, and tireless nightlife, Dublin never disappoints. For a blast of energetic atmosphere, coincide your trip with a major sporting event and join in the madness.
Cork – Just like the native accent, there is a characterful rise and fall to Cork’s hilly streets. Famous for the arts, Cork is known for both producing and attracting creative types. Its personable locals guarantee you’ll enter the bars knowing only the crowd you arrived with, but you’ll leave the bars best friends with everyone in the establishment.
Galway – Galway is a charmer for hippies and mainstreamers alike, with cosy pubs and characterful shop-fronts. It’s famous for seafood and seafarers. Every year it hosts boat festivals such as the Volvo Ocean Race and the Kinvara Hooker-boat race. On a fine summer’s day, you’ll find pint-holding patrons spilling out onto the sunny streets.
Carlingford – Carlingford is a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts. This scenic town, tucked away among hills and sandy beaches, offers a range of coastal activities and medieval buildings to explore.
Athlone – Located smack bang in the centre of Ireland, this historic town has a long history of sieges and battles. This midlands hotspot is crawling with students, which means it has plenty of bars and drinks promotions.
Waterford – Situated in the sunny southeast, Waterford is the ideal destination if you want your weekend to include boats or surfboards. Offering the very best of nature’s playground, Waterford boasts a generous combination of coastal activities and lively bars.
Kilkenny – Hailing from a heritage of kings and rebellion, Kilkenny is good for castles and pub crawls. The best time to be there is when one of the summer’s All-Ireland Hurling Championship games are being aired. Kilkenny’s mastering of this sport, means they regularly reign as champions and a Kilkenny hurling victory is always followed by jubilant celebrations.
This article was written by Jenna Crotty who recommends www.mandyscoachhire.com for coach hire.