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Places to spa and things to do in Ireland

Whether you're on holiday or taking time out in your hometown, Ireland is a magical place to visit and here are just a few of the reasons why.

5 of the top things to do on a spa break in Ireland

There is so much to see and do in Ireland, whether you're a city slicker or a fan of the great outdoors, you want a pub crawl or a hike along the coast, historic sites, a day at the beach or a night on the town. Here are just a few of our favourite things to do on your next spa break in Ireland.

See the Northern Lights at Inishowen

Bring along a flask of hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket and watch this phenomenon at Grianán of Aileach, a huge 2,000-year-old ring fort sitting 250 metres/820ft above sea level.

Walk the Wild Atlantic Way

Wrap yourself in the wilderness of the west coast of Ireland on one of the most iconic coastal touring routes in the world: the Wild Atlantic Way. From the breath-taking views from the cliffs of Slieve League to the rugged landscapes of the Burren, let your inner adventurer out hiking or kayaking through this exceptional terrain.

Explore Dublin

This historic city will see you enjoy great nights out and historic exploration by day. Famous sites include the 13th-century Dublin Castle and St Patrick's Cathedral - built in honour of Ireland's patron saint. Take a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green and the huge Phoenix Park, and don't forget a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.

Climb castles

Myth and legend are wrapped up in Ireland's heritage, so when you head to its myriad historic sites there's always an extra touch of magic. For example, you can gaze beyond Lough Gur’s still waters to Knockadoon Hill, at the imposing hill forts and megalithic tombs around the lake, see the ancient bog road built in 148BC or The Hill of the Witch at Loughcrew where local folklore tells the story of a magical woman, Garavogue, or even visit Cavan Burren Park - the lands where it is believed romancing giants once roamed.

Hike in the hills

There is so much landscape to see and explore in Ireland, but amongst them why not take in the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Wicklow hills or the magnificent Powerscourt Waterfall.

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5 of the best spas in Ireland

Whether you're travelling with a group of friends or heading off on a romantic retreat, want to stay at a country house, a coastal getaway or an urban oasis, here are a few of our top spa hotels in Ireland.

Natural high at Aghadoe Heights

A spectacular, award-winning hotel and spa Aghadoe Heights is in a magnificent location and offers the best of everything. The hotel is five star all the way, and making the most of the views at every turn. Meanwhile, in the spa slate, the wood and the water features that it’s made of are all reminiscent of the surrounding woods, mountains and lakes. Take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool as you enjoy inspiring views of Lough Leane and Killarney mountains. It’s just one example of the attention to detail that makes this spa so special.

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Urban escape at Castleknock Hotel

This luxury urban retreat 15-minutes from Dublin offers the best of all worlds. Surrounded by nature but within easy reach of everything the city has to offer, it has its own golf course, four-star style and a chic purpose-built spa. Their Earth & Vine Restaurant is also a favourite for farm to fork style dining.

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Country house vibes at Killashee Hotel

Set amidst the rolling countryside of County Kildare, Killashee Hotel is a grand, Victorian hotel surrounded by woodland trails. Inside it's all romance and charm, complete with two restaurants depending on what mood you're in. There's also an adult only spa offering rest and relaxation with its own hydrotherapy suite and therapies from Elemis.

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Atlantic escape at Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel

Offering spectacular views of the Atlantic coast, Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel is a four star retreat in Donegal, nestled on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen. Enjoy a restful escape amongst traditional surrounds, and spend time in their contemporary spa enjoying eco-friendly treatments from VOYA.

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City sanctuary at No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa

Full of personality and bursting with bijoux style, this is a hotel getaway for couples looking for romance and relaxation. With an organic spa, kitchen garden and wonderful food, there’s no reason to leave it once you’ve checked in, especially since the spa is so inviting. With a snooze room, aroma salts foot bath and herbal cocoon, you’ll love the tranquillity here, as well as the private spa suite perfect for couples to indulge in an organic VOYA therapy together.

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