Now that exam and essay-writing season are approaching us, we all could use a bit of a mental health break and change of scenery. Here are five relaxing destinations for students when they need a change of pace.


Take the GoBus, train, or BusEireann and head to charming Galway for a relaxing day by the bay. Galway has lots of student friendly restaurants, cafes, and a pretty walk along the Salthill promenade. Galway is ideal for Christmas shopping as well, as the incomparable Christmas market runs from November-December.



Just a dart ride away, visit Bray in County Wicklow and get transported to a cute coastal village alongside beautiful blue ocean. Aside from nice restaurants and pubs along the water, the walk up to Bray Head is a great way to de-stress and enjoy a pleasant view.



Another Dart ride away, Howth is a quiet coastal town complete with a cliff walk and lighthouse. The cliff walk showcases Howth Head and provides a relaxing environment to collect thoughts and enjoy the scenery.



All the way on the west coast of Ireland, a trip to Dingle will put your worries at ease. Take a ferry out to see the local celebrity, Fungie the dolphin, and be transported into a charming world. Dingle is also home to fresh fish and chip shops, homemade ice cream, and lovely harbour views.


Mary Sheehan – LifeStyle Writer