Hiking holidays in west of Ireland, St Patrick’s Day at Dromoland

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Friendly fliers

Aer Lingus has been named the fifth most family-friendly airline worldwide by travel website Lastminute.com. The research assessed the 36 most-booked airlines on criteria including priority boarding, in-flight TV, child-friendly meals and the accommodation of pushchair and car seats. Aer Lingus also ranked second best in the survey for shortest delays, averaging at just three minutes. For more on the airline's Family First programme, visit aerlingus.com.

Walking ways

Put a spring in your step this month with a hiking holiday in the west of Ireland. With the Burren's abundance of trails and routes on its doorstep, Sheedy's Hotel in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare has a new package for walkers. Enjoy tea and homemade scones on arrival at the family-owned hotel, a half-day expedition with expert local guide Shane Connolly, plus two nights' accommodation, breakfast each morning and dinner on one night from €205 per person sharing. sheedys.com

Irish welcome

If you're looking for something a little different to do this St Patrick's Day, a stay at Dromoland Castle might float your boat. Decamp for two nights bed and breakfast at the 16th-century castle (with transfers to the St Patrick's Day parade in Ennis on the morning of the 17th, if you really can't miss the celebrations), dinner each evening in The Earl of Thomond Restaurant and a complimentary daily experience on the estate from €450 per adult. See dromoland.ie for more.

For a more restorative St Patrick's break, consider Culloden Estate's Celtic Dream spa experience. Running from March 13th to 20th, guests can enjoy a full-body treatment in the spa including a body wrap, scalp massage and green smoothie in the relaxation room afterwards from €125 per person. hastingshotel.com