Your Summer Staycation Guide

Discover our top 5 staycation activities

Luxury Staycation in Kildare

It’s time for a Canal Adventure. Cliff at Lyons is the top choice for a luxury staycation in Ireland this summer.

As a luxury country hotel in Ireland, just 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin, we make the most of our rural location by encouraging guests to engage with the great outdoors and the various leisure activities nearby. Cliff at Lyons is also home to the two-Michelin starred Aimsir restaurant, the newly opened Mill restaurant, The Pantry at CLIFF fine foods store and takeaway, and the multi-award winning The Well in the Garden spa. With 22 luxury Estate and Lily pond rooms, Cliff at Lyons is not only a haven for food and luxury lovers but it is also a top destination for lovers of the great outdoors and those with a sense of adventure.

Here are our top 5 staycation activities right on our doorstep.


1. Take a Barge Trip

“Relax, unwind and enjoy the slow and easy pace of a Grand Canal cruise.

You can make the 20-minute journey by car to Sallins to join any of the scheduled private cruises departing from Sallins Harbour or, The M.V. Amo Barge is available to charter from for family groups for an afternoon cruise from Cliff at Lyons to Sallins Harbour.
On arrival in Sallins, you can sample some fine local craft beers at Lock 13 Gastro Pub.

2. Cycle the Grand Canal towpath

Enjoy the longer evenings and warmer weather as you cycle along the Canal towpath, taking in the beautiful backdrop and the idyllic rural setting. Residents of Cliff at Lyons can avail of the CLIFF fleet of cycles and take a refreshing canal bike adventure.

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3. Paddle and a Picnic

What better way to get back to nature than by exploring the calm Kildare countryside and the peaceful green surrounds of the Grand Canal towpath than a three-hour stand-up paddle board session?

Cliff at Lyons, offer a unique package called Picnic and a Paddle. Our tandem paddle board is especially made for two and even has space for one person to stretch out while the other does all the hard work. Take a break when it suits you on the grassy verge to enjoy your Pantry Picnic full of sweet and savoury treats, dangle your feet over the edge and watch the world go by. Enjoy the flora and fauna canal-side, and keep an eye out for families of swans and ducks and crane flies dipping into the water, as you paddle gently along calm waters and under ancient humpback bridges.

Then after a day of adventure on the water, pop into one of the many bars and restaurants at Cliff at Lyons for a relaxing drink and snack.

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4. Follow in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness

Arthur’s Way is a heritage trail across northeast County Kildare that follows in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness. In just 16 km, it links many of the historic sites associated with Ireland’s most famous brewers – the Guinness family. Visitors are invited to explore Celbridge – where Arthur spent his childhood, Leixlip – the site of his first brewery and Oughterard graveyard, a 20 minute walk from Cliff at Lyons – Arthur’s final resting place near his ancestral home. The trail rises gently from the confluence of the Liffey and Rye rivers at Leixlip to the Palladian Castletown House estate and onto Celbridge. It then departs the Liffey Valley to join the Grand Canal at Hazelhatch. The grassy towpaths guide visitors past beautiful flora and fauna and the grounds of Cliff at Lyons. At Ardclough, the route finally turns for Oughterard which offers spectacular views over Kildare, Dublin and the Province of Leinster.

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5. Visit Castletown House

Fully appreciate the historical surrounds of Cliff at Lyons. An architectural jewel built in 1722, Castletown House is a Georgian palace at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East and located a short ten minute drive from Cliff at Lyons.

Guided tours are available Monday to Saturday inclusive with the option of self-guided tours on Sundays.

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