You can enjoy a pulsating fun packed evening with all the action and excitement of a night at the dogs in luxurious surroundings with great food in a choice of 3 bars and 2 reestuarants.
Equipment: Race meetings on Thur, Fri and Sat during December
This is one of the most spectacular hikes we've done in Ireland. The path takes you up over farmland and then a boulder field to the edge of a beautiful, concealed lake, the perfect spot to stop for lunch. Then you continue on narrow paths up one side of a corrie, with sheep perched in astonishingly precarious locations above and below, and along a spine of rocks to the top. There, to our great surprise, the mountain was flat, with boggy ground: it took us quite a while to distinguish the actual top. We then walked all around the top of the corrie, with sheer cliffs down below that looked perfect for the off-the-beaten track climber, and down the other side before retracing our steps through the fields.
It reminded us a little of the spectacular ascent of Katahdin in Maine - and that comparison is high praise indeed!
Equipment: Excellent walking shoes/boots: there is plenty of scrambling (your arms do as much work as your legs at times) and the ground in the fields and on the top is boggy even in summer.
Most visitors to Ireland overlook the Comeraghs: the Wicklow Way and the Kerry mountains are much better known, but the Comeraghs are a genuine hidden gem.
Like all Irish mountains, they are really very small, but since the ascent is usually from sea level, you usually do plenty of climbing. What's most special about the Comeraghs is the combination of sheer physical beauty - gorgeous hidden lakes, sheer cliffs and views of rolling farmland one way and chains of hills the other - and the almost complete lack of other walkers, even more so if you hike during the week.
The Comeraghs are close to Dungarvan and Waterford, and there are abundant day-hike and even short afternoon walk possibilities.
Equipment: As always when hiking, be prepared: if you're doing a big hike, wear good boots (hiking in Ireland often takes you over boggy land, so even on a nice day you'll appreciate leather boots), and pack raingear and a map.
There is an annual Duck Race held in Foukesmills each year, watch for the signs. There is also a human raft race held at the same place, geat for a laugh and a lovely day out.