The Best Places To Visit In Ireland This Autumn

The Summer Holidays may be over but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some wonderful trips and days out in Ireland.

The best forest walks.

Autumn is a special time of year when nature explodes with yellows, oranges and reds. The best way to experience this is to wrap up warm and head for the forest. There are amazing forest walking trails all over the country. 

Some notable trails are the Knockma forest walk in Galway. This walk is short with some moderate inclines. The Red Loop in Waterford is known for its sightings of red squirrels and mink. The walk has three looped routes to choose from; 2km, 3km and 10km route if you are feeling energetic.

To add a mix of culture and heritage to your walk, you could visit one of the countries six national parks. Glenveagh, Ballycroy, Connemara, the Burren, Killarney National Park dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland’s Ancient East have a range of activities all year round. 

The best seaside escapes.

Looking to follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s Pirate Queen?  Learn to paddle in the waters around Grace O'Malley's old stomping ground of the lesser-visited Clare Island.  

Explore the Pirate Queens old stronghold, imagine what life was like as you hunt for treasure on the beaches, around the Queen’s Castle and listen to tales of long ago while keeping one eye on Clew Bay for any sign of approaching pirates!  

Girl throwing leaves.
Autumn is a special time of year when nature explodes with yellows, oranges and reds.

If Pirate hunting is not your thing, why not try your hand (or feet) at surfing in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Kitesurfing in Kerry or take a trip to Splashworld in Co. Waterford for plenty of indoor and outdoor fun. 

The best Halloween days out.

Suitable for children from 3 to 12, the “Pooka Spooka” at Causey farm, featuring a fabulous birds of prey display, hayrides, storytelling and even a corn maze. This is a great Halloween-themed day out this October. Tickets are €13 pp and you can book here.

The road train in Rathwood gets spooky this time of year, running from the 26th of October to the 3rd of November. Here you will board the train to be immersed in familiar tales with a Rathwood twist. Guests can also carve their own pumpkin, explore the enchanted forest or relax with a hot chocolate. Tickets from €11 pp available at here.

For the more adventurous daytrippers, the Dublin Ghost Bus Kids Tour is just the ticket. Step aboard the custom-fitted, double-decker bus to receive a theatrical education on the darker elements of Dublin’s history. Be sure to listen carefully as you will be tested on your knowledge. The tour may not be suitable for children under 7 as it features low lighting, loud noises and possible jump scares. There are also evening tours, but they are not recommended for children under 14 years of age. For further details and tickets, click here.

Hazel Fogarty

Mother of two, travel expert specialising in the cruise industry. Tour guide in training.

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