Top 25 Irish autumn experiences

17 September 2017 01:32

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If you like that, try: Jazz hands at the ready for the 40th year of Cork’s Guinness Jazz Festival (Oct 27–30; The Fringe takes the tunes to the people with a beat on the street, marching bands and a jazz bus, too.

If you like that, try this: Meander around Ireland’s second-largest National Park, the gorgeous Glenveagh in Donegal (

If you like that, try: If it’s witches and wizards you’re after, dress up and head to Westport House’s Halloween Fest. Don’t miss the dance workshop where kids learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller! Oct 28–Nov 5 (

If you like that, try: Head off to the Firehouse Bread School on Heir Island in West Cork (

Details: €85/€25pp, or €199 for a family of four (

Details:;; from April to the end of November inclusive.

If you like that, try: Did you know that Castlecomer Discovery Park ( has Ireland’s longest over-water zip line? Come Halloween, you can take a ‘Zip of Terror’ and haunted walk too (over-16s; priced from €27pp).

If you like that, try: Discover the myths, mysteries and histories of the Renvyle Peninsula on a guided Walking Weekend at Renvyle House (Oct 13–15). You’ll enjoy legendary hospitality into the bargain (€195pp;

If you like that, try: Check into Westport’s Knockranny House for Game Weekend (Nov 17/18; Two nights’ B&B with chef Seamus Commons’ seasonal feast cost €199pp.

If you like that, try: Get the family together for Bundoran’s annual pumpkin carving competition (costumes optional) before marching your ghoulish gourd through the streets in the colourful Pumpkin Parade (Oct 31; 3–6pm;


If you like that, try: Clontarf, where Stoker grew up, is home to the adult-only Castle Dracula Experience (; from €25pp). Or take a Northside Ghost Walk tour (; €13pp).

If you like that, try this: Check out the Burren Winterage Weekend, a smaller event celebrating farming heritage (October 26–29;

If you like that, try: From woodlands to wild peaks, the Wicklow Walking Festival (October 27–30) offers a host of routes through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. A night walk on Friday the 27th should be a highlight (


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