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Winter Weekend Breaks in Ireland
Are you looking for a quick winter weekend away this winter? Head on over to Ireland and explore the many gems it has to offer on a short weekend break. There are great winter special offers available with airlines and hotels all over the country to give you access to sleepy towns which have unique and enchanting qualities that will charm you over and over again.
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If you are really intent on relaxing then you can look into booking a quiet self-catering cottage in the countryside where you can cozy up next the fire while the wind whistles outside. If you are craving a pint, you are in luck as the local pubs all over the island are full of characters just waiting to share a story or two.
Those of you interested in visiting historical sites can head to any one of the numerous castles that are spread throughout the countryside. Some of the more popular castles to visit include Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ceide Fields in County Mayo and Ross Castle and Skellig Michael, both of which are in County Kerry.
There is plenty to do outdoors as well where you can breathe in the fresh Atlantic air. Mountain bikers can have a ball in County Tyrone where there are numerous trails to cycle your way through. Hill hikers and mountaineers should visit County Kerry and hike around the Macgillycuddy Reeks range which includes Carrauntoohil, the highest peak in Ireland. County Down boasts the wonderful Mourne Mountains that offer great views and a chance to really stretch your legs.
Traditional music sessions are a must while in Ireland. Throughout the winter months there are various music festivals all around the country. January alone has the Shannonside Music Festival, TradFest in Temple Bar and the Galway Midwinter Festival. If music doesn’t pique your interest, worry not, there are festivals throughout the winter that might be up your alley including the Alltech Craft Brew and Food Fair which takes place in late February.