Right across the country farmers are praying for the heavens to open. While we are waiting for such requests to be registered, unfortunately the one thing we can’t change is the weather.

As the old saying goes, ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” – and some who didn’t plan a trip this year will be looking to pack up the car, put down the windows and head off around the country, enjoying the same temperatures as Spain, without the hassle or cost of an overseas trip. For anyone planning a ‘staycation’, Irish Country Living has some spots in mind.