Eire’s County-cation Information – Hidden gems, takeaways and digital escapes in all 32 counties

ure, there was January and February (which appears like a long time in the past), and that temporary summer time fling with staycations.

However abroad journeys have been unattainable for many of 2020, warning has ruled any journeys outdoors county strains, and at the moment, in fact, we’re sure by one other lockdown till no less than December 1.

The excellent news? Nicely, all that point at residence has seen us discover our cities, villages and countryside like by no means earlier than. Covid has spoiled the 12 months like milk, but it surely has additionally impressed a brand new sense of group, with a wave of assist for native companies – from takeaways to mail-order veggies and books, from on-line yoga courses to digital excursions and actions.

We won’t journey now, however we’re marking the 12 months of the county-cation with a round-up of native goodies everywhere in the island. Some could also be inside your 5km (whoop!), others can be found as takeaways or deliveries, or could be skilled on-line. The remainder, we are able to stay up for when our newest lockdown restrictions finish.

– Pól Ó Conghaile

1. Carlow


Graiguecullen, Co Carlow. Picture: Fáilte Eire

Autumn Stroll: In its entirety, the Barrow Manner stretches 113km – most likely a bit a lot for a day stroll. Greatest, then, to sort out the beautiful 6km stretch from Graiguenamanagh to St Mullins, notably at the moment of 12 months when the neighbouring woodlands are bursting with autumn colors.

Hidden Gem: The Delta Sensory Gardens are a stunning spot for a stroll and a little bit of peace and quiet with the household. Its Thyme Café is fab, too. deltasensorygardens.com

Takeaway/Meals: You may choose up a hamper or some freshly baked treats on the Sugar and Spice bakery, within the Walled Backyard at Altamont. fb.com/cafesugarspice

Lockdown hyperlink: #Carlowcation; carlowtourism.com

Digital Escape: Artist Siobhán Jordan has created a spread of actions for folks and toddlers to take pleasure in at residence, for VISUAL in Carlow city; visualcarlow.ie

2. Cavan

Autumn Stroll: The Killykeen Manner solely opened this summer time as a 12km off-road cycle or strolling path linking Killykeen Forest Park and the lakeside village of Killeshandra. Whether or not you sort out it on two ft or two wheels, it is a beautiful route over stone bridges and previous lakes and rivers.

Hidden Gem: When you may get out and energetic once more, the Cavan Journey Centre rents out kayaks and bikes, but it surely additionally organises biodiversity and nature excursions by canoe on the lake; cavanadventure.com

Takeaway/Meals: The Oak Room Restaurant in Cavan City is doing glorious takeaway dishes – suppose hearty consolation meals like lemon and thyme roast hen and sundried tomato gnocchi. Friday to Sunday; theoakroom.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: thisiscavan.ie

Digital Escape: The Cavan Monaghan Science Competition is on-line this 12 months, with nice talks on the science of each youngsters and Star Wars; cavanmonaghansciencefestival.ie

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three. Clare


The Burren Farm Expertise

Autumn Stroll: South of Kilkishen village, the 12 O’Clock Hills is residence to a few looped walks – select from 5km, eight.5km and 13km routes that’ll take you thru the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Vary; 12oclockhills.com

Hidden Gem: The Burren Farm Expertise presents an enchanting perception into farming, but it surely additionally presents occasions like forest bathing, laughter yoga and crafting workshops, so regulate its future occasions; burrenfarmexperience.ie

Takeaway/Meals: This Is It’s Ger O’Donoghue’s new café in Ennistymon – it does glorious vegan treats, pure wines and grilled sandwiches – like Black Puddin’ with spiced apple chutney and goat’s cheese. instagram.com/this_is_it_ennistymon

Lockdown hyperlink: clare.ie

Digital Getaways: The much-loved Burren Meals Fayre goes digital this 12 months, with nightly demonstrations by native cooks and producers streamed on YouTube and Fb till November three. burren.ie

four. Cork



Autumn Stroll: East Cork’s Knockadoon Head is without doubt one of the most attractive strolling spots you could possibly ask for, the cliffs overlooking good little bays and islands. Plus, you may get a post-walk feed at The Lobster Pot meals truck.

Hidden Gem: Most individuals make tracks for Inchydoney seaside, however Lengthy Strand is a beautiful stretch of sands and dunes a couple of miles down the coast.

Takeaway/Meals: The Celtic Ross Resort is paradise for foodies, and this summer time it launched its artisan meals truck Craft, the place you’ll be able to choose up something from fluffy pancakes for a weekend brunch to Baja prawn tacos for dinner. It is now a everlasting fixture; celticrosshotel.com

Lockdown hyperlink: purecork.ie

Digital Getaways: The Glucksman’s on-line programme consists of drawing workshops, bookmaking courses and a Creativity at Residence initiative designed to assist households keep artistic throughout lockdown; glucksman.org

5. Donegal


Mount Errigal, Co Donegal

Autumn Stroll: In the event you actually wish to blow away the cobwebs, a go to to Horn Head is the one ticket. The drive as much as its peak pays dividends with regards to views, but it surely’s while you hike to the highest that you simply’re actually blown away. And on some days, that may be taken fairly actually. One to stay up for!

Hidden Gem: Feeling spooky? Attempt to discover the inexperienced woman, who haunts the Poisoned Glen on Mount Errigal. And even when you do not, it is a beautiful stroll.

Takeaway/Meals: In a secret backyard behind Patsy Dan’s bar, the Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy is serving up sourdough pizza you’ll be able to take away; fb.com/therustyoven

Lockdown hyperlink: govisitdonegal.com

Digital Getaways: The Allingham Competition has moved on-line for 2020 – Virtu-Allingham might be held from November 5-7; allinghamfestival.com

6. Dublin


Bailey Lighthouse, Howth Head, Dublin.

Autumn Stroll: Howth locals are fortunate to have a few of the greatest walks within the county. At the moment of 12 months, the paths are somewhat quieter however the heather continues to be in bloom, blanketing the cliff tops in shades of purple.

Hidden Gem: McNally Household Farm is a go-to for Dublin restaurateurs and foodies. Locals can go to them in Balrickard from Wednesday to Saturday, the place they’ve somewhat farm store and charming cafe for soup, baps and truffles; mcnallyfamilyfarm.ie

Takeaway/Meals: Dublin is spoiled with regards to takeaways and meal kits. Clanbrassil Home is without doubt one of the greatest, and it additionally presents a solo eating possibility with tremendous beneficiant parts (together with chef Gráinne’s cult hashbrown chips) from €34. clanbrassilhouse.com

Lockdown hyperlink: visitdublin.com

Digital Getaways: Stoneybatter’s L Mulligan Grocer runs digital beer and whiskey tastings, in addition to cocktail courses – you’ll be able to both get the gear delivered or choose it up; lmulligangrocer.com

7. Galway


Sheena Dignam and Gosia Letowska of Galway Meals Excursions

Autumn Stroll: You may’t beat an island stroll, notably in Connemara. The Inishnee Loop is round 6km and takes you across the island, beginning on the bridge, the place you will get nice views of Roundstone and the Twelve Bens.

Hidden Gem: Wildlands Galway launched in August; it presents every kind of out of doors actions, like zip-n-trek and archery, together with peaceable strolling trails – preserve it in thoughts for future visits; wildlands.ie

Takeaway/Meals: The Salthill-based Imperfect Bakery began within the spring, when its founders had been quickly laid off on account of Covid. Now it sells sourdough and irresistible treats on-line, like glazed and stuffed ‘Wonky’ doughnuts; theimperfectbakery.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: Plan a future go to at thisisgalway.ie

Digital Getaways: Galway Meals Excursions has launched a self-guided tour e book in lockdown, with vouchers value €55 included, so choose one up for once we can eat out as soon as extra (€35, galwayfoodtours.com).

eight. Kerry


Huge bites: Buttermilk hen burger at My Boy Blue in Dingle, Co Kerry

Autumn Stroll: By no means thoughts driving the spectacular Slea Head – when lockdown lifts, lace up your strolling boots and head out for a stomp across the 10km path.

Hidden Gem: Neighbourfood Killarney is a brand new on-line farmers market, the place you’ll be able to browse all one of the best produce from native farms, pay upfront then choose it up on Thursday evenings; neighbourfood.ie/killarney

Takeaway/Meals: My Boy Blue is open for takeaway in Dingle, with oozy cheese toasties and buttermilk fried hen baps on supply together with 3fe espresso; fb.com/myboybluedingle

Lockdown hyperlink: kerrycoco.ie

Digital Getaways: Kerry County Museum has collaborated with Radio Kerry for 20:20 Kerry, a collection of audio documentaries about 20 items from the museum; kerrymuseum.ie

9. Kildare


Hartes Bar & Grill, Kildare. Picture: Pól Ó Conghaile

Autumn Stroll: There are many looped trails in Killinthomas Wooden, a couple of mile away from Rathangan village. Head there on a misty morning and you will be strolling by way of a fairy-tale forest, bushes peppered with falling orange leaves.

Hidden Gem: The Bathroom of Allen is the biggest bathroom in Eire, spanning over 5 counties, however the official Nature Centre is in Kildare. Whereas the precise customer centre is presently closed, the lodge bathroom is open and locals can wander alongside the boardwalk, holding an eye fixed out for the wildlife that calls this patch residence.

Takeaway/Meals: Click on and accumulate a wonderful meal in Hartes of Kildare, from a straightforward to navigate menu that features starters, mains and desserts with a bottle of wine – €65 for 2, or you’ll be able to merely choose and select from the bits you need; harteskildare.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: intokildare.ie

Digital Getaways: The ceramic artwork studio Florence and Milly is working on-line courses for adults and children, with supplies supplied; florenceandmilly.com

10. Kilkenny


Obligatory: The Kilkenny Fort tour

Autumn Stroll: There is a beautiful walled backyard stroll in Jenkinstown Woods, and also you would possibly simply spot the herd of resident deer, too.

Hidden Gem: Jerpoint Park is residence to 2 fascinating sights – The Misplaced City of Newtown Jerpoint, and the burial tomb of St Nicholas. Positively one to bookmark for once we can journey freely once more in 2021… jerpointpark.com

Takeaway/Meals: Foodworks is ready in a former financial institution in Kilkenny, and has a wonderful ‘foodworks@residence’ menu, which you order the day earlier than you choose it up. It is stuffed with comforting classics like beef bourguignon and creamy fish pie; foodworks.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: visitkilkenny.ie

Digital Getaways: Observe Kilkenny Fort on social media for behind the scenes excursions and tales (@kilkennycastle).

11. Laois


The Rock of Dunamaise, Co Laois. Picture: Fáilte Eire

Autumn Stroll: The Ridge of Capard is the right stroll for autumn, providing you with panoramic views of countryside that surrounds the Slieve Blooms. There are three trails, whether or not you simply wish to take within the viewing platform, or trek somewhat additional alongside the boardwalk.

Hidden Gem: There are 35km of recent mountain biking trails within the Slieve Blooms, which is able to ultimately be over 80km. The primary part on the Laois aspect is Baunreagh, with trails by way of attractive forest and valleys; coillte.ie

Takeaway/Meals: The Pantry in Portlaoise is open for takeaway and click on and accumulate in the intervening time, with breakfast pastries, salads and ciabattas alongside scrumptious treats like sticky cinnamon rolls; thepantry.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: laoistourism.ie

Digital Getaways: The Laois Present Card has simply launched, which could be spent in over 100 companies within the county. Good for Christmas… laoischamber.ie

12. Leitrim


The Shed Distillery, Leitrim

Autumn Stroll: You may’t beat the Floating Boardwalk at Acres Lake, notably when the bushes across the water are positively singing with autumnal hues. If you wish to stroll the entire thing, it is 6.5km alongside the towpath, however you may as well simply head out on the boardwalk itself for a fast stretch of the legs.

Hidden Gem: Take pleasure in a Gunpowder gin in lockdown and, when it is again open to the general public, follow-up with a go to to the distillery itself. You are able to do a tour and tasting, then go to the super-chic Jackalope Café, the place you’ll be able to sit with a G&T or a snifter of its new whiskey; thesheddistillery.com

Takeaway/Meals: The Oarsman is Carrick on Shannon does a wonderful click on and accumulate menu, with dishes like Donegal Bay mussels and its epic chowder; theoarsman.com

Lockdown hyperlink: leitrimtourism.com

Digital Getaways: There are quaint radio-style performs out there on The Dock’s YouTube channel; thedock.ie

13. Limerick


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Autumn Stroll: Not solely a contender for one of the enjoyable phrases to say out loud, Ballinaboola can be a wonderful strolling path, with nice views on an excellent day. It is 10km in whole, however the Knockaduv Loop is 5km.

Hidden Gem: Whereas guided excursions are off the agenda for now, there’s a wonderful self-guided historic strolling tour of the town on limerick.ie, that’ll take you to probably the most fascinating components with useful titbits alongside the way in which.

Takeaway/Meals: Positive, you’d miss eating inside the lovable thatched cottage, however 1826 Adare has launched a incredible at-home menu, 1826 Abhaile. And since you accumulate and warmth the dishes at residence, you need not velocity on the way in which again to maintain issues heat. A starter, most important, aspect and dessert prices €32 per particular person, with a minimal of two, and the menu adjustments weekly; 1826adare.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: limerick.ie

Digital Getaways: The Hunt Museum has a wonderful video tour of costumes from motion pictures and TV exhibits, as a part of its ‘Greatest Costume Goes To…’ exhibition; huntmuseum.com

14. Longford


Corlea Trackway, Co. Longford. Picture: Pól Ó Conghaile

Autumn Stroll: There are three attractive trails in Derrycassan wooden, all of which lead you on a peaceable amble alongside the shores of Lough Gowna. Hold your eyes peeled for the stays of the previous walled gardens and stone bridges that belonged to a mansion demolished in 1939; coillte.ie

Hidden Gem: Pop alongside to the Longford Farmer’s Market, held each Friday from 9am-2pm, the place you’ll be able to choose up all of your contemporary fruit, greens and fish.

Takeaway/Meals: It opened only a few weeks in the past in Ballymahon, however Jolly Boys has been “completely loopy” slinging out takeaway pizzas, burgers and filthy loaded fries – suppose smoked pancetta, garlic aioli, parmesan and contemporary herbs. jollyboys.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: longford.ie

Digital Getaways: Fiona Egan is working Zoom cookery courses whereas her cookery faculty is closed – Style of the Center East is one possibility, working on November 7 for €25. fionaegan.com

15. Louth

Autumn Stroll: You may’t beat the coastal loop at Clogherhead, although the strolling trails are casual. You would possibly even spot some gray seals down within the harbour.

Hidden Gem: Hold an eye fixed out for the merchandise popping out of Drummond Home in Baltray – its garlic and asparagus is known, and its punchy garlic scape dip is simply divine. You may order on-line. drummondhouse.ie

Takeaway/Meals: There is a digital name and accumulate takeaway menu on the award-winning Glyde Inn on the weekend, from fish and chips to lobster thermidor, and Listoke G&Ts besides. theglydeinn.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: visitlouth.ie

Digital Getaways: Whereas the brand new Púca Competition is unfortunately suspended this 12 months, the lighting of the Samhain fires might be broadcast digitally and Halloween tales instructed on social media channels; pucafestival.com

16. Mayo


Walker on the North Mayo seacliffs, close to Carrowteige. Picture: Gareth McCormack

Autumn Stroll: Mayo is an absolute dreamboat with regards to walks, but it surely’s the coastal routes that basically shine. Benwee Head is a heavenly spot that is a part of the longer Carrowteige loops, so you’ll be able to sort out the complete 10km stretch or just hop out on the headland and stroll alongside the cliffs.

Hidden Gem: In the event you fancy taking a drive with an arty twist, check out the Tír Sáile Sculpture Path (northmayoarttrail.com). This mission consists of 11 sculptures in drop lifeless attractive areas.

Takeaway/Meals: In the event you’ve obtained an event you wish to have a good time in type, choose up an Afternoon Tea field from On the Manner Café in Killala – it is solely €eight.50pp, and you may nonetheless put on your finery at residence and crack open a bottle of bubbly; fb.com/onthewaycafekillala

Lockdown hyperlink: mayo.ie

Digital Getaways: The Mayo Darkish Sky Competition has moved on-line this 12 months and all of the occasions are free, however be fast, as a result of it is held at the moment! mayodarkskyfestival.ie

17. Meath

Autumn Stroll: A brand new woodland stroll has opened at Loughcrew Property close to Oldcastle and it is simply beautiful, with historic bushes and crimson squirrels scuttling about. Decide up a cup of tea or scorching chocolate within the café while you’re completed. loughcrew.com

Hidden Gem: Do you know there’s somewhat Blueway in Trim? There are two trailways for knowledgeable paddlers, a cycle path and the Trim Historic Path for walkers.

Takeaway/Meals: The Central Restaurant in Navan can be providing an in depth takeaway menu, in addition to pre-mixed cocktails to go; thecentral.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: meath.ie

Digital Getaways: The OPW at Brú na Bóinne has a free webchat service for colleges, so college students can be taught extra; fb.com/newgrangeandknowth

18. Monaghan


Strolling on Slieve Beagh. Pic: Monaghan Tourism

Autumn Stroll: There are 4 looped walks within the foothills of Slieve Beagh, two which can be more difficult and two which can be somewhat extra sedate. Weaving by way of blanket bathroom and forest, you would possibly simply see a uncommon Hen Harrier fly overhead.

Hidden Gem: Simply south of Monaghan City, Rossmore Forest Park hides away the stays of walled backyard and mausoleum, in addition to big redwoods. There’s additionally a cool new journey play park to maintain the children comfortable.

Takeaway/Meals: The Courthouse Restaurant in Carrickmacross is doing a takeout menu from Friday to Saturday, with consolation meals classics like tempura goat’s cheese with honey and buttermilk fried hen; courthouserestaurant.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: monaghantourism.com

Digital Getaways: The Monaghan County Museum is showcasing some nice items on their Fb web page, they usually’re doing Monaghan Horrible Histories on Halloween night time; fb.com/MonaghanCountyMuseum

19. Offaly


Strolling within the Slieve Bloom mountains. Picture: Fáílte Eire

Autumn Stroll: Knockbarron Wooden in Kinnitty is a part of the Slieve Blooms, and bursts with color at the moment of 12 months, so head out on a kind of good autumn days when the sky is shiny blue and the air is crisp (slievebloom.ie).

Hidden Gem: The very last thing you’d anticipate to bump into in Offaly is the Kinnitty Pyramid, an actual duplicate of the Egyptian pyramid of Cheops and burial tomb of the household who owned the close by Kinnitty Fort.

Takeaway/Meals: Italian restaurant Siroccos in Tullamore has a takeaway possibility for supply or assortment; siroccos.internet

Lockdown hyperlink: #visitoffaly

Digital Getaways: The kids’s arts pageant Hullabaloo is totally digital, with Zoom workshops and exhibits, wrapping up at the moment; hullabaloofestival.ie

20. Roscommon


Autumn walks in Co Roscommon

Autumn Stroll: Take it useful with an amble across the sculpture path at Loughnaneane Park – it will not take you too lengthy to wander round, however you’ll be able to sit on the Nature Chair and take a breather on the sting of the pond.

Hidden Gem: If you wish to journey into the Irish Otherworld, you are able to do so at Oweynagat, ‘Eire’s Gate to Hell’ (no higher time of 12 months, eh?) It is closed to excursions in the intervening time, however hopefully be again in motion quickly; rathcroghan.ie

Takeaway/Meals: The Outdated Stone Home restaurant in Ballinlough is doing takeaway on Sundays, with dishes like honey roast duck and roast leg of lamb from the native Castlemine Farm; oldstonehouse.ie.

Lockdown hyperlink: visitroscommon.ie

Digital Getaways: The Famine Heroes programme (a part of the Nice Famine Voices Roadshow) has fascinating movies on-line, hosted by the Nationwide Famine Museum at Strokestown Park; greatfaminevoices.ie.

21. Sligo


Pure surprise: Satan’s Chimney, Co Sligo

Autumn Stroll: The Satan’s Chimney is an ever so barely bonkers waterfall, the place you would possibly simply spot the water flowing up as a substitute of down when the wind is blowing in from the south. It is on the finish of a 1.2km hike that may be pretty powerful going, however is effectively value it on the high.

Hidden Gem: Lissadell Home’s newest enterprise, drive-in motion pictures, have sadly been cancelled, however preserve an eye fixed out to see what it will give you post-lockdown. lissadellhouse.com

Takeaway/Meals: Brother restaurant to Shells Café in Strandhill, Baker Boys has been a blessing to Sligo city. You may get its large cronuts, breakfast baps and glorious sourdough to go, or take pleasure in on the benches outdoors. It is promoting devillish rolls of cookie dough, too… bakerboys.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: sligotourism.ie

Digital Getaways: All of us want a little bit of consolation proper now, and the Consolation Kits from Pudding Row are being delivered (free) everywhere in the nation, with selfmade bagels, brownies, tea and extra; puddingrow.ie.

22. Tipperary


An early morning stretch earlier than a swim at Ballcuggaran, close to Killaloe, County Clare on the Lough Derg Blueway. Picture: Patrick Bolger/Fáilte Eire

Autumn Stroll: Nothing beats the sensation you get while you’ve tackled an excellent mountain stroll, and the Satan’s Bit Mountain is a doozy. It solely takes an hour and a half, with nice views of the Galtee Mountains on the finish.

Hidden Gem: That is the right time of 12 months to identify starling murmurations, and you are able to do so on the east shores of Lough Derg, as identified by Twitter consumer @coolbawncross.

Takeaway/Meals: Tuscany Bistro in Ballina is doing nice takeaways and meal kits, together with fabulous charcuterie boards and cocktail kits; tuscany.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: tipperary.com

Digital Getaways: The Tipperary Museum of Hidden Historical past is about to relaunch its website with digital quizzes and competitions; hiddenhistory.ie

23. Waterford

Autumn Stroll: The Anne Valley Stroll is a 5km linear path, linking Annestown and Dunhill alongside the trail of the Anne River. You may see the ruins of the Dunhill Fort, too.

Hidden Gem: The Lismore Farmers’ Market is true on the sting of the fortress partitions and held each Sunday (although on pause in the intervening time). When it reopens, you’ll be able to choose up freshly- baked bread, herbs and even artisan canine treats, for the pups with notions. fb.com/LismoreMarket

Takeaway/Meals: The Seaside Home is a brand new restaurant from the parents behind Dublin’s beloved Fish Store. Its Seaside Home at Residence menu is accessible for assortment on Fridays and Saturdays, with dinners from €27 beachhousetramore.ie.

Lockdown hyperlink: visitwaterford.com

Digital Getaways: The Think about Arts Competition ran on-line, however supplies can be found till the top of November, with digital studio excursions and talks; imagineartsfestival.com

24. Westmeath

Autumn Stroll: The Outdated Rail Path greenway is a superb shout for autumn – the complete stretch is 42km between Athlone and Mullingar, however there are many little entry factors alongside the way in which, whether or not you wish to stroll or cycle.

Hidden Gem: The little village of Fore is residence to a seventh century monastery, and the Seven Wonders of Fore, together with the tree that will not burn and water that flows uphill.

Takeaway/Meals: Fox’s Pub in Loughnavalley is a large champion of native, artisan produce, which it sells onsite together with truffles and low; instagram.com/foxsloughnavalley

Lockdown hyperlink: visitwestmeath.ie

Digital Getaways: Go to Westmeath hosted a collection of stay gigs shot by Mark Bennett TV in unimaginable areas, from the Tonic Home Collective at Kilbeggan Distillery to The Blizzards in Tullynally Fort, to lift cash for LARCC Hospice. Watch at fb.com/watch/visitwestmeath

25. Wexford


Baginbun Seaside, Co Wexford. Picture: Pól Ó Conghaile

Autumn Stroll: Three Rocks Strolling Path is a little bit of a beast at 13km a method, however you’ll be able to tackle a shorter stretch when you’re not feeling the entire thing.

Hidden Gem: Livin’ Off The Hook was working seaside yoga courses on Baginbun seaside, and is presently doing on-line courses so you’ll be able to take part at residence. livinoffthehook.com

Takeaway/Meals: Dreamily fairly cafe The Wilds in Enniscorthy not solely sells a stunning array of dried flowers that’ll cheer up your gaff, but it surely additionally has a fab takeaway menu fb.com/thewildsireland

Lockdown hyperlink: Discover a Wex-cation at visitwexford.ie

Digital Getaways: Keep watch over Lorraine O’Dwyer’s Gallivanting, as on-line cleaning soap making and beeswax workshops will hopefully be introduced quickly, and you may e book a web based storytelling session at any time; gallivanting.ie

26. Wicklow


Bray & Greystones Cliff Stroll. Picture: Fáílte Eire

Autumn Stroll: The Blessington Greenway hyperlinks Blessington with Russborough Home, on a straightforward 6.5km stretch alongside the lakeshore within the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.

Hidden Gem: You would possibly know the cafe in Greystones, however do you know The Fats Fox has a cool drive-thru espresso shack in Delgany? It serves glorious espresso and chewy cookies, good after a stroll; thefatfox.ie

Takeaway/Meals: The Harbour Bar in Bray had a stunning terrace throughout Degree three, but additionally presents takeaway from the Fishbar to eat at residence; theharbourbar.ie

Lockdown hyperlink: visitwicklow.ie

Digital Getaways: Wicklow Naturally is internet hosting digital cook-offs in November, that includes native cooks; fb.com/WicklowNaturally

Northern Lights


The Glens of Antrim, Runestone. Picture: DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

27. Co Antrim

Everybody is aware of the Causeway Coast, however the Glens of Antrim are filled with hidden gems, from the seaside maze at Carnfunnock to splashing waterfalls in Glenariff. Get your salt and chilli squid kits with Mourne Seafood’s meals to prepare dinner at residence (£36; mourneseafood.com), or improve your nights in with a deal with from Belfast’s pageant season, which has moved on-line — ‘Pay attention on the Lyric’ is working ‘first listens’ of recent performs for instance (lyrictheatre.co.uk; £6). visitbelfast.com

28. Co Armagh

Slieve Gullion is filled with myths, folklore and strolling trails (a ‘Big’s Lair’ story path is a toddler-friendly loop). Armagh’s historical past goes manner past St Patrick, too — hone your inventive expertise and architectural savvy whereas with Armagh Metropolis Townscape Heritage’s free on-line artwork courses beginning November 17. ringofgullion.org; vistarmagh.com

29. Co Derry

Derry’s well-known Halloween pageant is on-line this 12 months, and you may sign-up for digital occasions as they drop (from Samhain music classes to creepy crafts tutorials) on derryhalloween.com. Locals can order a Sunday roast from the good Walled Metropolis Brewery (mains from £9.50), and contemporary servings of craft beers like its ‘Lockdown 2’ chocolate mint stout from Gee’s Faucet Contemporary (tapfresh.co.uk). visitderry.com

30. Co Down

Stroll NI (walkni.com) has an ideal checklist of strolling trails within the Mourne Mountains, from quick coastal paths to hilly hikes. The grounds on the Nationwide Belief’s Fort Ward (nationaltrust.org.uk) are open for locals, with an autumn forager’s path to discover and Wine & Brine in Moira (wineandbrine.co.uk) is doing takeaway — a three-course deal with this weekend included a selection of beef bourguignon or spiced monkfish from £25pp. discovernorthernireland.com

31. Co Fermanagh

Nab takeaway tubs of Tickety Moo ice cream on the Farm Store in Killadeas, or strive the brand new ‘Style Of Killyhevlin at Residence’ menu from Killyhevlin Lakeside Resort & Lodges on Sundays (killyhevlin.com). For post-lockdown journeys, Devenish Island is considered one of Eire’s nice monastic heritage websites. You may order Christmas items from Belleek (belleek.com) on-line, too. fermanaghlakelands.com

32. Co Tyrone

Tyrone is northern Eire’s largest county, however nonetheless appears like an off-grid getaway. Begin your post-lockdown explorations across the Sperrin Mountains and Gortin Lakes. The brand new OM Darkish Sky Park & Observatory at Davagh Forest can even open shortly, with guided excursions and out of doors movies among the many choices (omdarksky.com). exploreomaghsperrins.com

NB: All costs and openings topic to vary/availability. Beneath Degree 5, persons are requested to remain at residence apart from train inside 5km, or important journeys.

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