Autumn on the island of Ireland offers the perfect combination of bright, crisp days and cosy evenings. As the leaves turn to red and gold, the landscape takes on a vibrant hue that is a gift to photographers and artists and provides a gorgeous backdrop for walkers and cyclists.
If you’re planning an autumn getaway, why not immerse yourself in the island’s beauty by booking accommodation in the heart of nature.
At Fernwood Farm in County Galway in the rugged west of Ireland you can stay in an eco-conscious geodesic dome that sits in the canopy of native trees, or in a house on stilts where each area is bathed in light at different times of the day. There is also a sauna on stilts overlooking the lake providing an indulgent relaxation area.
Another forest hideaway option is Finn Lough in County Fermanagh, where you can sleep under the stars in a luxury transparent dome that is hidden within a beautiful lakeside retreat.
Wherever you choose to stay on the island you won’t be far from a walking trail. There are hundreds of miles of trails through forests and glens and along the wave-lashed coastline, providing great opportunities to get active outdoors and enjoy spectacular views.
Indeed, autumn in Ireland is walking festival season. So if you fancy striding out with like-minded people and learning about the flora and fauna as you go, check out the festival calendar. September includes the Wee Binnian Walking Festival in the Mournes, County Down, which has graded walks to suit all abilities and a bit of craic thrown in. Or head to the Wicklow Walking Festival in October to explore the majestic Wicklow Mountains National Park.