May Bank Holiday

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Bellurgan Park, Dundalk

May 1 - 3
Pack your camper for a line-up that includes Delorentos and Goldie Looking Chain, alongside 70 other top music acts.

Gourmet food stalls, kids' arts and crafts and many other quirky activities make sure that Vantastival has something for everyone.

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May 1 - 4
Enjoy a weekend of cracking Americana music, including Calexico, Ryan Boldt and I Draw Slow.

Wind your way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues. Not to be missed!

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Renvyle, Co Galway

May 1 - 3
Feast on Killary Harbour mussels while celebrating the people, culture, heritage of the area.

Enjoy the spectacular and breathtaking landscape of Connemara while learning from top chefs on how best to cook these little delicacies. Yum!

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The Burren, Co Clare

May 1 - 31
Enjoy a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May.

Learn about the formation of this natural wonder - a source of great botanical, archaeological, and cultural wealth with its unique wild flowers and ancient sites.

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Relax this May bank holiday weekend and take some time out with an unforgettable Irish getaway.

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Make time for your buddies this May bank holiday and get together for an adventure.

Great ideas for fun with friends

May Bank Holiday

Get out there and make the most of this May bank holiday weekend! There are lots of great options for families, friends and couples with festivals aplenty happening all across the country.

Indulge in the finest Irish cuisine at a food festival or tap your toes to the beat at a music event. Why not grab some pals and try one of the exciting adventures listed below or hike the hills and valleys that dot Ireland's incredible landscape? 

Whatever you decide to do for the long weekend, it's sure to be memorable...

Challenge the gang

CopperCoast Road BowlingLearn to bowl like a pro and discover the history of the game in Fenor, Waterford.

Killary AdventureLaunch yourself from Ireland's only fixed Bungee on the shores of Killary Fjord!

Westport WargamesTest your military skills in an exhilarating outdoor adventure in Westport.

Xtreme.ieGet your adrenaline pumping with a day of fun-filled activities in Dublin.

Rally School IrelandPut the pedal to the metal and burn some rubber in Monaghan.

Rebel AdventuresVisit Clonakilty for some high-energy challenges - from archery to laser warfare.

Skirmish Paintball PursuitsShoot-em up and make a mess in Co Wicklow.

Puddenhill Activity CentreEven if it rains you can still go-kart your way through the long weekend in Co Meath.

The Adventure IslandsSplash about with friends and family in Westport, Co Mayo.

Out Doors & DirtyChoose from five heart-pumping activities including hovercrafting!

Hikes with great views

Benbulben, Glencar & CastleSet off from King’s Gully, near Glencar and don't miss W.B Yeats grave en route.

Coomloughra Horseshoe WalkExplore the three highest peaks in Ireland on this moderate to difficult trail.

WanderlustEnjoy some nordic walking tours of beautiful West Cork.

Bluestack & Lough EskeFind a little peace while trekking around the Carnaween Magic Mountain in Donegal.

Sheep's Head LoopTravel on foot around this breathtaking 22km loop in Co Cork.

Bray to GreystonesBreathe deep and enjoy this coastal walk.

Rooskey LoopEnjoy stunning views of Carlingford Lough on this Louth trail.

Western Way Explore the west and take in the beautiful lakes of Connemara.

Lúb na CilleThis easy walk showcases the best of the Kerry coastline.

Mullagh HillHead for the summit and look across the Cavan county border into Monaghan.

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