IRELAND IN OCTOBER – HERE’S WHAT TO SEE AND DO
A time of change and transformative colors in nature, October is one of the most magical months to book a vacation in Ireland. Although there are certainly no promises with Irish weather, fall tends to be mild with fewer crowds than the summer. Expect an average daily temperature of around 14°C (57°F), but go at the start of the month and it could be much warmer than that. The air gets crisper and evenings darker as the new season transpires, and golden leaves start to decorate the parks, gardens and countryside. Here are some of the things you have to see and do when you’re here.
HIKING – SLIEVE BLOOM MOUNTAINS IN COUNTY LAOIS
Take in the orange, red and golden hues of falling leaves at Slieve Bloom, an area full of different walking trails for you to explore. This mountain range offers great views as you ascend, and the colorful forestry is utterly spellbinding. One of the best hikes is the Glenbarrow Looped Walk, where you can stroll along the source of a river. For the perfect mix of autumnal leaves and waterfall views, take the Glenbarrow Waterfall Loop.
Stay in the spectacular Straffan House, located just over an hour away in County Kildare.
FESTIVALS – DERRY HALLOWEEN
America may have popularised Halloween, but Ireland is where it all began. One of the best cities to experience this ghoulish holiday is Derry in Northern Ireland. In the days running up to All Hallows Eve, there will be funfairs, arts events, haunted harvest markets, live music acts and a street parade. All of these events lead up to the fireworks display on October 31st.
If you’re in the city for Halloween, be sure to try some of the holiday season dishes such as colcannon (a mashed potato dish with onion) or barmbrack (a fruit loaf served with butter).
FOOD AND DRINK – KILKENNY
Plan your vacation in October and you’ll get to experience food at its best. This is harvest time in Ireland, and the island’s pure oceans and rich soil make the produce outstanding. Book your stay near the foodie destination of Kilkenny, a medieval town in the southeast famed by its castle and many well-preserved monasteries.
The month of October marks the start of game season, so trying wild venison stew or venison sausages is a must. If you’re looking for the best seasonal cider, lookout for craft labels such as Stonewell, Highbank and Craigies.
CITY AND CULTURE – WATERFORD
For sightseeing, museums and cultural experiences, the southeast seaport of Waterford ranks highly as a must-visit destination. It’s Ireland’s oldest city, and it is home to attractions such as The Medieval Museum, The Museum of Treasures, The Viking Tower, and the famous House of Waterford Crystal.
Located around 50 minutes away is the town of Wexford, where the renowned Opera Festival is held. Guests will get a chance to enjoy the rare and forgotten masterpieces at one of the world’s best opera events.