5 spots to chill at this weekend

Take time out from your busy schedule this weekend and unwind at one of these stunning locations

  • Phoenix Park | Photo source: dayoutwiththekids.co.uk

  • Castlewellan Forest Park and Peace Maze | Photo credit: Youtube

  • Killarney National Park | Photo credit: Thousand Wonders

  • Marlfield Lake | Photo source: Clonmel.ie

  • Strandhill Beach | Photo credit: Pinterest \ Irish Central

The weekend is approaching and if you don’t fancy embarking on a mad adventure or a three hour hike, these five locations dotted around the country enable you to indulge in the great outdoors but not in a strenuous manner. Lounge at your leisure, relax and unwind in good company as the hours drift by, and these 5 chilling sports are perfect for doing just that.

Castlewellan Forest Park and Peace Maze, Co. Down

Photo credit: Youtube

Situated among the mountains and the sea, Castlewellan Forest Park and Peace Maze is surrounded by stunning scenery. The garden offers a perfect picnic location where you can chill in peace and enjoy the great outdoors.

Or if you would prefer to stretch your legs the forest park’s mile-long lake offers some intriguing modern sculptures along the way while the Peace Maze, one of the world's largest permanent hedge mazes representing the path to a peaceful future for Northern Ireland, requires a little more thought when it comes to getting out.

Marlfield Lake, Co. Roscommon

Photo source: Clonmel.ie

Located to the south west of Clonmel, sits Marlfield Lake, a wild bird sanctuary. The setting supports a large population of water birds including swans, mallard duck, coots, and herons. Many of the birds are familiar and friendly with visitors and love to be fed with treats.

Marlfield Lake is a great destination for a family day out, the kids can marvel at the birds and you can wander at your leisure, or with an array of chilling spots you can simply sit back and take it all in.

Phoenix Park, Co. Dublin

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Locked within Ireland’s capital, you can forget exactly you are when you are surrounded with rolling lawns and wide open spaces. That’s what makes Phoenix Park a gem within Dublin city, escapism has never been so easy.

Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. There are many walks and cycle trails available and it is open 24 hours day, seven days a week. So no matter whether it be day or night, and you want to leave it all behind and relax in peace for a little while, dander to his renowned location which is only a mile and a half from O’Connell Street.

Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry

Photo credit: Thousand Wonders

Famously known as the ‘jewel in Kerry’s crown’ Killarney National Park is a pristine area of natural beauty. Within the park you will find Muckross House and Gardens, the Lakes of Killarney, Innisfallen island, Killarney House and Knockreer House engulfed by towering mountains.

Entry to the park is free for those to come and explore, and you will easily spend the entire day at this dreamy outdoor destination.

Strandhill Beach, Co. Sligo

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Located five miles from Sligo town, Strandhill Beach is a stretch of golden sand where the water laps on to the land. With panoramic views of Knocknarea, Benbulben and the horizon you will be stunned by the spectular sights.

Strandhill Beach is a popular surfing spot and has a number of trails that venture from the beach to Culleenamore Strand and also to Killaspubrone. While one can lay on the sand and enjoy the sound of the waves snapping at their toes, it is it is advisable not to swim from this beach due to dangerous currents and tides.

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