With Mother's Day fast approaching, here are some suggestions on how you can spoil your Mum this year. For lots more inspiration check out Discover Ireland on Facebook or visit www.discoverireland.ie #thisisLIVING
Head for the Capital
Why not head for the capital, check in to a hotel with a spa and put a revitalising facial at the top of your to do list! Take a trip down memory lane and visit the Little Museum of Dublin on St. Stephen's Green, pop into the Chester Beatty Library and then spoil your Mum with afternoon tea in the Shelbourne! Catch a show in the evening at one of Dublin's many theatres. The following day take a short train ride to Dublin Bay and enjoy gorgeous seaside towns and villages including Dalkey, Dun Daoghaire, Malahide and Howth.
Cooking in Cork
Cook up a therapeutic break for all those food loving mums out there. Why not head to Kilcoe Cottage in Ballydehob, West Cork who run a fantastic cookery weekend! It's also the perfect location for long walks, pottering on the beach and indulging in the local coffee shops and boutiques.
Recharge and Retreat
Help Mum recharge her batteries with a spa break that will replenish her mind, body and spirit. There are dozens of top class spas and holistic retreats round the country where you can destress, detox and top up on some me time for you and your mum. Cloona Health Retreat near Westport in Co Mayo has week long programmes on offer with guided walks, yoga classes, a sauna and massage treatments.
Let mum go potty in Cork
Learn how to throw a pot, stain glass or make funky jewellery at the Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre in West Cork. With its gorgeous restaurants, shops and picturesque harbour you probably won't want to leave Kinsale, but if you do Cork City is just 20 minutes away.
Shop till you drop at Kildare Village
Who needs New York when the chic Kildare Outlet Shopping Village is right on your doorstep. Treat Mum to some serious retail therapy in this shopping paradise with luxury boutiques selling top Irish and international brands. The next day take a relaxing stroll around Irish National Stud and the stunning Japanese Gardens.
Soaking in Seaweed
Mums are busy ladies, so why not treat your mum to a well-deserved Voya Seaweed Bath in the lovely Strandhill in Co. Sligo. Tucked along the Wild Atlantic Way, all her worries will evaporate away in the luxury of a Victorian cast iron bath as the soothing, organic seaweed oils work their magic. Afterwards a bracing walk along the stunning coastline will round off a perfect weekend away.
Treat Mum to a gourmet break in Kilkenny, a city noted for its great food. Fabulous Food Trails will bring her on a mouth-watering and leisurely tour of Kilkenny's culinary and craft treasures, peppered with fascinating and lighthearted snippets of information on the city's history and architecture. Kilkenny boasts two Michelin Star restaurants - Campagne and The Lady Helen in Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown. Kick back at the Kilkenny TradFest taking place all weekend across the city from 14 - 17 March.
Lavish some luxury
All mums deserve a little luxury on Mother's Day! Retreat to Roundwood House in Mountrath, Co. Laois, a dramatic 1730's property. Relax on antique furniture, view the superb paintings and let the extensive library lull mum away from daily life. And then why not hit the great outdoors hiking in the unspoiled country of the Slieve Blooms.
Plan a family reunion in a castle you can call home! Springfield Castle in Drumcollagher, Co. Limerick sits on a magical 200 acre wooded estate and can accommodate up to 24 people. Rooms are lavishly furnished and there's a tennis court and children's playground. Or check out Blackwater Castle overlooking the River Awbeg in Castletownroche, Co. Waterford. You will soon see why everyone from Sir Walter Raleigh to Michael Jackson stayed here!
Check into a floral hotel
Check in to a hotel with stunning gardens and grounds to stroll and savour. Hunters Hotel in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow has 2 acres of award winning gardens on the banks of the River Varty. The beautiful lakeside Ard na Sidhe Country House on the shores of Caragh Lake in Killorglin is a medieval style house set amid 32 acres of hidden pathways and secret glades with a spectacular rock garden. And Cashel House in Connemara, Co. Galway offers attractive gardening packages for guests.
Treat your mum this Mother's Day - for inspiration check out Discover Ireland on Facebook or visit www.discoverireland.ie #thisisLIVING