Rising up in Midleton we’d spend many afternoons exploring the close by Curragh woods. As huge lovers of C. S. Lewis our imaginations would rework as we crossed the gates into the woods, our canine Aslan grew to become the good huge lion we had grown to like as we set about exploring the now magical woods.
Walks with youngsters are all of the extra enjoyable when you possibly can discover and get muddy in nature, and a visit to the woods offers all of that and extra, so stick in your wellies and raincoat and let your creativeness go wild for the day. – MM
Limerick’s historic metropolis has been warming the hearts of many on Netflix this yr with the arrival of Angela’s Christmas Want to our screens. Take the household on a strolling tour of town, easing again into the surface world, visiting locations Angela may need been as a toddler earlier than a leisurely stroll alongside the riverside in direction of Shannon Fields.
The three.2km path begins on Lock Quay, heading out of town alongside the River Shannon, ending at Athlunkard Bridge. This route has bike lanes – an ideal time to check out the brand new wheels that Santa introduced within the nice outdoor. – MM
This yr has seen an enormous improve in wild water swimming, however the regular Christmas Day charity swims and get togethers could also be too busy for protecting socially distant so why not choose to attend for an additional day and head for the gorgeous Ballyalla Lake.
Apart from swimming, the lake and its environment have a variety of yr spherical actions together with kayaking and get up paddle boarding must you be so courageous, and there’s a 7km lakeside loop stroll for people who don’t have any attention-grabbing in getting their toes moist. – MM
Feeling a bit stressed? Are there solely so many days you possibly can keep at residence in 2020? Take the historical past, and geography, lovers in your life to the huge meadowlands of The Gearagh close to Macroom. Right here you’ll discover the stays of the one put up glacial alluvial forest in Western Europe.
The 6.5km Gearagh Loop consists of submerged islands that after supported a wealthy woodland flora which might nonetheless be seen throughout dry durations. The character reserve can be residence to many sorts of birds and wildlife so be certain that to carry your binoculars and pack a change of footwear – simply incase! – MM
I’d say we reached peak strolling challenges round October, however typically it’s good to discover locations exterior of 5 kilometres out of your door.
Glenbawn Woods, set simply exterior of Clonmel and a part of the Munster Vales, has three walks ranging in size and problem, all ranging from the automotive park and incorporating the gorgeous environment.
The Dun Ui Faolain Loop is the longest of the walks at 5km, taking walkers alongside the river path and up by way of the woodland earlier than looping again spherical to its start line. – MM
The cliff stroll at Ardmore has been a agency favorite of mine over the previous couple of years.
The ocean air blowing in your face, the gorgeous surroundings, and the promise of a warming cup of espresso on the finish in The Ardmore Gallery and Tearoom all the time make for an satisfying time out.
The stroll is brief at 4.5km however is stuffed with attention-grabbing spots alongside the way in which together with a shipwreck, ruins and loads of wildlife to maintain you entertained. In case you can, guide in to Cliff Home Resort for lunch so you possibly can absorb the magical Christmas environment. – MM
Lengthy and difficult walks aren’t for everybody over the festive season, particularly when Christmas cheer has been loved in extra – there isn’t a judgement right here – so ambling by way of a city the place there are pitstops galore is perhaps way more interesting than taking to the hills.
Stroll the paths of literary greats together with John B. Keane and Bryan McMahon on the Listowel Literary Stroll, the place you’ll discover statues, murals and sculptures honouring the city’s literary greats. The 4km stroll is about within the city so you possibly can wander at your personal tempo and whereas some museums is perhaps closed there may be nonetheless lots to see on the streets. – MM
At 694m in peak and because the highest mountain in Shannon this hike isn’t for the faint- hearted, however there are different choices for people who don’t want to tackle that problem. The loop explores the decrease shoulders of the hill and will be adopted by way of the purple arrows which are marked all through, whereas the crimson arrows will take walkers to the summit. Carry a leftover turkey sandwich or two as a result of gas is important for this journey, however the day of trekking will make cosying up by the fireplace later that day all of the extra satisfying after a day of trekking. – MM
Mud off the cobwebs that 2020 has introduced with a dose of sea air at White Strand seaside.
Well-known for its white sand and tranquil environment, a stroll right here will show you how to to neglect about any of the earlier months chaos. The stroll is brief and candy, so there may be loads of time for a fast dip, however carry a flask of scorching chocolate to heat you up after. Positioned 2.5km exterior of Doonbeg there may be countless quantities of coastal surroundings and luxurious views available on a stroll right here. – MM
Clare is certainly one of my favorite counties to go to as there are countless quantities of gorgeous views, I’m always pulling my automotive over to absorb its huge environment. Apart from the majestic karst panorama and gorgeous coastal surroundings, there are countless nooks and crannies to find, together with Dromore Woods, a brief drive exterior of Ennis. As with the remainder of the county, right here you’ll discover a reserve that’s wealthy with natural world due to its numerous habitat, and also you’ll additionally discover many historic features together with castles, church buildings and ring forts. – MM
Chances are you’ll not have been in a position to make it to Lapland this yr. And even to Fota on Ice. However there's nonetheless a patch of North Cork which might ship excessive hopes of a Rudolph sighting.
Doneraile Property (simply 50km from Cork Metropolis) makes a beautiful location for a winter wander with its historic manor surrounded by acres of wooded parkland. Nevertheless it’s Doneraile’s herds of sika, fallow and crimson deer which make the resident fauna significantly festive.
Take the 5km wildlife park perimeter loop the place you possibly can see most of the curious animals grazing within the pastures. The park’s tarred tracks make it a fantastic spot to check out these new Christmas bikes too! – TB
Talking of rothars, there are few higher or safer spots to check drive your new wheels this Christmas than Munster’s OG greenway. The hiker/biker route stretches 56kms from Waterford to Dungarvan with numerous entry factors en path to dip into the motion. And what a backdrop!
From the crashing waves at Clonea Seashore to the Comeragh mountains looming like snow-dusted stollen desserts, few settings are extra heavenly hibernal. For lunch, Merrys in Dungarvan affords a becoming spot to deal with your self. (examine opening hours by way of merrysgastropub.ie ) – TB
Lismore is certainly one of my favorite villages in Eire. It may very well be its nineteenth Century gothic fort buttressing the River Blackwater or its chocolate field foremost road which may very well be a scene from a classic tin of High quality Road.
There’s simply one thing about its Anglo-Irish heritage that makes you’re feeling you would be in an episode of Midsommer Murders relatively than the sting of West Waterford.
The small city affords guests plenty of trails; Girl Louisa’s Stroll (which begins from the carpark on the Cappoquin street) meanders 2km from the riverbanks to Lismore Cathedral, whereas simply exterior the city, The Ballysaggartmore Towers stroll is one other 2km looped path that includes woodland, waterfalls and chateau towers which make in style spots for youths to discover. – TB
In case your Christmas desk setting did not get you the Instagram likes you had been hoping for, a winter stroll alongside the Lough Derg Method might save your social media blushes!
Together with its beautiful tranquil surroundings, December is peak season to expertise certainly one of nature’s most enchanting spectacles; a murmuration!
The shows of 1000’s of starlings, flying in unison are sometimes witnessed over Lough Derg, so set off on the countless trailheads both north or south of the village of Garrykennedy and preserve your digital camera on the prepared! – TB
Dreaming of the Canadian Rockies this Christmas? Effectively that is simply how Coillte describe the magical mountain trails that wind round Gougane Barra Forest Park. West Cork’s beautiful park options six all-level walks beginning with a kid-friendly 500m nature path.
Most dramatic nonetheless, is the Slí na Sléibhe (the mountain means) which is billed as a 2hr strenuous (however fairly doable!) 2.5km route winding hikers aloft into the wilds and again down once more. Come to think about it, give this place a couple of inches snowfall and perhaps you would be in Banff! – TB
The traditions of Nollaig fadó fadó are nonetheless alive and nicely on the Dingle Peninsula making it a magical place to discover at Christmas – and significantly St. Stephen’s Day when you’ve obtained cabin fever!
You’ll be gifted with no scarcity of mountain climbing choices within the space however the 8km spherical journey as much as Dingle Hill ought to do your Fitbit justice. Afterwards, make the beeline to downtown Daingean the place you could possibly catch a number of the conventional Wren Boys in full tune at the moment! – TB
How typically have you ever handed the Galtee mountains journeying alongside the M8 – and all the time wished to wander of their shadow? Effectively perhaps this Christmas may very well be your probability. Veer off the motorway in direction of the Glen of Aherlow and also you’ll uncover the mountain climbing heartland of the Munster Vales – which stays far past the lots.
Ranging from the (season applicable) Christ the King statue, you’ve the choice of 5 trailheads from a 2km woodland loop to the 10km Ballinacourty stroll which takes you up hill and down dale, backdropped by these beautiful Galtee views. – TB
After tens of millions of Euro of funding this yr, many stretches of Limerick’s best greenway have already reopened to the general public.
Acquired a Thomas the Tank Engine fan in your clan? Youngsters love the thought or peddling by way of the reimagined line of what was the previous Nice Southern & Western Railway route till it was stopped in its tracks in 1978.
You possibly can be part of the route from villages like Abbeyfeale or Newcastle West – the purpose for the route is to ultimately stretch 85kms from Limerick to North Kerry! – TB
In case you’re wanting so as to add a little bit road-trip to your festive stroll, take the drive west to Cork’s most secluded peninsula, the Sheep’s Head.
The headland (whose largest village of Durrus is residence to only 300 individuals) is a real hiker’s paradise, that includes over 100kms of all strolling trails by way of hills, pastures, bogs and valleys. Most epic (and a really doable 4kms) is the lighthouse loop which takes you from the Tooreen carpark to what looks like the sting of the Earth. – TB
The East Cork fishing village of Ballycotton could also be greatest recognized for its cliff stroll however with the appearance of sea-swimming this yr, it additionally makes an enthralling spot for a winter dip.
There are variety of spots each in and across the village to get your repair. On calm days, The Cow (situated within the coronary heart of the village close to The Blackbird pub) is a well-liked spot to brace a harbour dip whereas the 2 seashores of Ballyandreen and Silver Strand, each inside a couple of gear shifts, are beautiful spots for some vitamin sea. – TB