Best Staycations Ireland

Stay & Spend Scheme

Though many holiday and travel plans for 2020 have been interrupted, staycations in Ireland are on the horizon. The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Ballina / Killaloe Co. Clare offers an ideal staycation destination, as one of the leading family run four-star hotels in Ireland.

Our location on the border of Clare & Tipperary offers an amazing opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonders that are available when you travel in Ireland. There are many activities available nearby, such as Cruising on The Spirit of Killaloe River Cruise or Kayaking with My Next Adventure that make The Lakeside Hotel one of the most exciting places to visit in Ireland. 

As we re-open we are taking every precaution and following HSE guidelines to ensure your safety, and that of our staff. The Lakeside Hotel in line with public health guidelines ensure all areas of the hotel are sanitised regularly. All staff have been trained with the precautionary measures as a Fáilte Ireland approved hotel. We ask that you comply with the regulations put in place by the HSE to ensure the safety of all guests and staff at the hotel. Guests travelling from areas not on Ireland’s coronavirus green list will have to self-isolate for 14 days prior to your visit.

We have seasonal staycation deals and packages on the make a break for it campaign, as well as staycation ideas available for the area including Hiking in Moylussa or driving on the Lough Derg Drive. 

We are delighted to be part of the Government Stay & Spend Scheme. Our guests may avail of this scheme from October 1st 2020- 30th April 2021. 

Guests that spend up to €625 or €1250 as a couple may earn a tax credit equal to 20% of qualifying expenditure on accommodation, food and non alcoholic beverages up to a maximum of €125. This amount will be doubled for jointly assessed couples who can receive a credit of up to €250.

To avail of this scheme , or for further information, please download the new Revenue Receipts tracker app. 


What is a staycation?

A staycation refers to a vacation take at or near your home. Staycations are a great way to enjoy some time off while you protect yourself against Covid-19.


Is Ballina / Killaloe safe for tourists?

Ballina / Killaloe is one of the safest in Ireland and continues to be as businesses and residents in the area make every effort to keep Covid-19 controlled. This ensures we can accommodate guests safely and have taken all precautions to do so.


Is The Lakeside Hotel safe?

The Lakeside Hotel Team has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. We work very hard to follow all guidelines put in place by the National Public Health Team HSE.


Where should I go in Co. Tipperary or Clare?

On the border of Tipperary & Clare, this region offers some amazing activities and amenities, including those offered by The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre. We offer free car parking onsite, leisure facilities including gym, sauna, steam room & swimming pool with a slide, dining in O Hara’s Bar & Our Derg Room Restaurant or Afternoon Tea.


What are nice places for a staycation?

Clare & Tipperary offers one of the best staycations of the moment offering local amenities such as Cruising on the River Shannon, Hiking in Moylussa, Visit a Local Chocolate Factory @ Wilde Irish Chocolates or activities @ University of Limerick Activity Centre.


What are some good things to do on a staycation?

When you stay with The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina / Killaloe there is no end to the activities you can do during your stay, whether your ideal break includes outdoor activities, shopping, swimming , or just relaxing by the river Shannon, Ballina /Killaloe is a hidden gem.


What should I do during a coronavirus staycation?

Staycations are the new thing in Coronavirus times, and the best places to visit are the ones with rigorous sanitisation routines. The Lakeside Hotel ensures every safety precaution is being implemented so you can enjoy a worry-free staycationto The Lakeside Hotel Ballina, Killaloe, Co Clare.


Where can I take my kids during the holidays?

The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina / Killaloe is an ideal place to staycation with your family. Our hotel is family run and we are family friendly with spacious rooms & leisure centre facilities for the children including our ever-popular slide.


How much does a staycation cost?

Staycations can become expensive [particularly if you are taking a family trip], but in Ireland there will be a staycation tax refund for all staycations taken between October 2020 and April 2021, making your staycation more cost effective.


What are the best places to visit on a 3-day trip?

The Lakeside Hotel in Ballina / Killaloe Co. Clare offers a unique chance to enjoy a three-day getaway in Ireland with our very special offer of The Grand Tour -three-day escape which includes two dinners & a river cruise from just €429 per room.


What are some must-see's when visiting Ireland?

Ireland is a versatile travel destination, and has so much to offer, including ocean activities and seaside stays, as well as mountain views, and fields so fondly sung of in our folk songs. Ireland offers city breaks, big and small, and The Lakeside Hotel is the ideal base to enjoy the best that Ireland has to offer.


What is the staycation subsidy?

The Irish government is offering a subsidy of 20% back on up to €625 to staycationers between October 2020 and April 2021.


How do I get a staycation voucher?

To avail of the staycation voucher, you must upload a copy of your receipts to an app and spend at least €25 to reclaim up to €125 per person in income tax credit.


How much is the staycation subsidy?

Individuals can reclaim up to €125 in income tax credit as a staycation subsidy.