Getting into your Christmas Planning? Sometimes it’s hard to see past the ‘Big Day’ itself, so we’re here to help you with ideas for St Stephen’s Day.
We’ve got 5 gentle plans to get you out of the house and shaking down that turkey on Stephen’s Day. You’re all probably getting a little stir crazy at this point. Nothing a good walk in the fresh air and a mini adventure won’t fix.
Cycle the new Section of the Connemara Greenway. Drive to the parking spot near to the entrance for Ballynahinch Castle. Park your car and get peddling. The new section is about 6km. The surface is pristine, so it won’t take too much effort to complete the 12km. If you’re short of a bike, it’s also a wonderful walk too. Don’t forget to pack turkey and stuffing sambos.
If the energy levels only stretch to a relaxing amble, then head to Glassilaun Beach. This stunning beach is at the mouth of Killary Fjord, and is overlooked by Mweelrea. Take a gentle stroll on the beach and listen to the waves. Afterwards head to Coyne’s of Tullycross and enjoy a pint of Guinness by the open fire. This pub is Christmassy anytime of the year, but for St Stephen’s Day will be just perfect.
Climb Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park. This is the most taxing of you suggestions for the day. More of a small mountain than a large hill some might say. You’ll pop up and down in 2 hours. You’ll feel positively virtuous for the rest of the day spent on the couch watching Harry Potter and eating quality street!
Drive to Dog’s Bay. Park in the car park and go for a gentle jog on the beach. The sand will be easy on your knees, and the stunning views will take your mind off the running. Follow along Dogs Bay and up around the headland. You can continue onto Gurteen beach and then loop back to where you started. Why not pop to Roundstone when you’re done and enjoy a bowl chowder in O’Dowds.
Take a quick dip in the sea at the Coral Strand. A plunge into the icy Atlantic is good for any little aches and pains, and clear your head. The swimming is great here at mid to high tide.