Crisp and clean air, kicking up piles of leaves, and all surrounded by perfect scenery and a glittering atmosphere – that’s what it means to explore Ireland in the autumn .So, where are the best places for a ramble through the colourful leaves in the open air?
Start in Dublin
and wander through the Phoenix Park – this wide open space is one of the largest urban parks in Europe, and houses the impressive Dublin Zoo, as well as herds of wild fallow deer that roam the park as they please. It’s totally tranquil. In Belfast
a wander through the red stone of Queen’s University, with it’s Hogwarts-like facade, is a magical experience. Call into the nearby Botanic Gardens for a glimpse of summer in the huge curved greenhouse that dominates the grounds.
Head to the city of Derry~Londonderry
next and take in the autumnal cityscape while strolling along the ancient city walls, or check out the marvellous medieval city of Kilkenny
, where the fabulous castle looks over labyrinthine streets that are perfect for exploring.
In The Mall in Armagh
, you’ll find a perfect park to walk with a hot chocolate waring your hands, overlooked by the two cathedrals that look down from opposite hills, or you could make your way to Connemara in Galway
and ramble around the beautiful Kylemore Abbey set against a dramatic backdrop of rolling hills and glassy lakes, listening to the romantic tale of a man who built this castle for the woman that he loved…