Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails

Are you looking for an activities holiday this year? If the outdoors is your thing then why not try the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trails.

There are currently 35km of new mountain bike trails (MTB), with trailheads at Kinnitty and Baunreagh. These trails, which are waymarked in one direction and designed specially for mountain bike use, vary in difficulty. They range from the grade trails: ‘blue’ (moderate, with some single-track sections) to ‘red’ (difficult/severe, with challenging climbs and tricky descent).

The trails have been developed by Coillte in partnership with Offaly and Laois County Councils and are funded by the Dept. of Rural and Community Development.

There will eventually be 100km of biking tracks to explore on the Slieve Bloom Mountain Bike Trail, so keep an eye on the site for new developments!

Where to Stay?

While you are considering being on the adventurous side you can book your stay with Hannah & Paddy at Roundwood House which is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Just over an hour from Dublin, Roundwood House is surrounded by mature trees, lawns, gardens and delightful, extensive outbuildings. It is a historic home of architectural interest and was once described by Desmond Guinness, co-founder of the Irish Georgian Society, as having a “marvellous doll’s house-like quality”.

A rambling avenue leads you through a welcoming committee of animals and into a bright, spacious hall. There is a drawing room, study and dining room, where the combination of log fires, antique furniture and absence of televisions may actually make you believe you’ve been transported back to the 18th century. (A bottle of wine tends to hasten the trip.)

The area is picturesque, unspoiled and peaceful – a delight for hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Horse-riding, fishing and golfing are also available locally. There is no reason why you can not take some time off and feel the wind in your face while you are out on the mountain bike and then relax in the evening and let Paddy cook you dinner that will awaken all your taste buds!

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Yoga, Music & Poetry in Ireland

Yoga, Music and Poetry in Ireland

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We’ve got something special to share with you. If you like poetry, music and yoga in good company read on. There are only a few spots left.

Join Irish yoga teacher Dearbhla Kelly along with Irish musicians Liam Ó’Maonlaí, Rónán Ó’ Snodaigh and Grammy-nominated kirtan singer Dave Stringer, for a week-long immersion in Irish culture, music, poetry and landscape. Stay at the historic Temple House in County Sligo close to the Atlantic coast, Neolithic sites and Yeats’ country.

This one of a kind yoga retreat curated by Dearbhla will showcase the stunning natural beauty of the Emerald Isle and introduce you to the depth and richness of Irish culture, the deliciousness of Irish farm-to-table food and the warmth and friendliness of Irish hospitality.

Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occu

pancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Personal interaction with world renowned traditional musicians Liam and Rónán, both of whom are steeped in Irish history and folklore, as well as being native speakers of Gaelic

Daily morning yoga classes with Dearbhla featuring musical accompaniment by Dave

Storytelling evening with Irish seanchaí

Tour of Yeats country with local Yeats scholar

Guided visits to Neolithic sites (Carrowkeel Megalithic Passage Tomb Site 3200 B.C.E. – 2400 B.C.E and Queen Maeve’s Cairn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knocknarea 3000 B.C.E)

Kirtan with Dave – you are welcome to bring musical instruments to join in

Evening music jams with Dave, Liam and Rónán

Irish pubs and optional activities at Temple House (bodhrán classes with Rónán, horse riding, eagle flying, fishing etc)

 

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Coach to / from Dublin

  • 6 dinners at Temple House

  • 4 lunches at Temple House

  • 6 breakfasts at Temple House

  • Closing brunch at Temple House

  • 7 morning yoga classes with musical accompaniment

  • Evening music performances

  • Guided tours of Yeats Country and Neolithic sites

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights

  • Hotel in Dublin

  • Covid tests

  • 1 evening meal at a restaurant in Sligo town

  • 2 pub lunches

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Optional activities

 

*Registration fee is per person. Room fees are not based on occupancy. Cost for each room can be shared amongst occupants. Many rooms are suitable for 2-3 persons.

Email Dearbhla with questions about anything: hotels in Dublin, activities, on site accommodations.

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Temple House

Temple House on the Wild Atlantic Way

This is the perfect time to book a stay at Temple House on the Wild Atlantic Way and explore all that Sligo has to offer!

Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo is one of the finest estates in the west of Ireland. The great house, which was remodeled in 1864. Nestled in a wooded demesne, looking out over the Templars’ castle to Templehouse Lake. Despite its vast size this is a comfortable, welcoming family home with many original contents. The owners are Roderick and Helena Perceval, whose family has lived here since 1665. Temple House is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, with beaches, mountains and numerous sites of archaeological interest. It is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast, with fishing on a private lake and miles of lovely woodland walks.

Temple House is a vast classical house in the Georgian style, set in the centre of a beautiful 1000 acre west of Ireland estate. This of course is ideal for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and in particular Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim & Mayo.  After a day exploring you can then return to the house and be welcomed with a mouthwatering menu for dinner and plenty of rest and relaxation afterwards. Sipping a glass of wine while overlooking Temple House Lake and the 13th century castle of the Knights Templar.

Roderick & Helena are welcoming and consummate hosts taking great pride in the character of their home, north west Ireland and the special nature of Temple House Estate.

Temple House still retains its authentic decoration and furniture from that period and delicate Chinese porcelain is intermingled with solid County Sligo squires and their ladies. The main reception rooms are large, bright and comfortable, while the bedrooms – several have canopied beds – are particularly pleasant, with superb views.

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Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House

Book your stay at Orlagh House. A Georgian mansion built by Dublin snuff merchant Lundy Foot back in 1790. Frequent visitors to the house included the Great Emancipator Daniel O’Connell, Eoin Mac Neill, Padraig Pearse and William Smith O’Brian.

Orlagh House

A truly unique house set on 45 acres in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, with spectacular views over Dublin City and stretching out as far as the Irish Sea. We are only 25 minutes from Dublin Airport and from Dublin city centre. The house has been lovingly and tastefully restored in recent years, with large drawing and reception rooms and open fires. Our beautiful dining room sits 20 people at our regency table. There is a large games room in the basement of the house with table tennis, pool table, and a full-sized snooker table.

There is lots to do in the area including hiking trails both on the estate and including the Dublin Way and the Wicklow Way. We have an equestrian centre next door with reduced rates for guests and some of Dublin’s most infamous pubs are within 10 minutes of the house, with great local food, traditional music, and Irish dancing.

The house really is one-of-a-kind. Make sure to click HERE and book your stay at Orlagh House

WEDDINGS

Orlagh house is the perfect location for couples who want something different from the norm, a unique and truly personal day to remember. Exclusively yours for your wedding day with a second day optional, we also have 14 bedrooms to offer your guests.

We have an in-house catering team who can create your perfect menu, from sit down formal dining to a more laid-back BBQ’. Choose from our indoor ballroom or numerous outside garden areas. Our wedding team are there to help you with everything you may need.

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Best Places to Stay in 2022

This morning the Irish Independent has published its Fab 50: Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022. We are so delighted that Hidden Ireland has two houses included in the list! Clonalis House in Castlerea, Co Roscommon and Birdhill House & Gardens in Clonmel, Co Tipperary appear under the heading of “cool castles & character stays”!

Clonalis House

Clonalis House Castlerea Roscommon Ireland

To quote Nicola Brady when it comes to historical properties, Castlerea’s Clonalis House is top of the pile. Life at Clonalis House is all about kicking back with all the ingredients for a lazy weekend in the country. Expect the good-old fashioned hospitality of bygone days, roaring turf fires to sit next to and a charismatic ambience. Curl up with a book on a sofa in the library or borrow a pair of wellies and take a stroll in the 700-acre woodland estate. Clonalis House won the O’Flynn Group Heritage Prize, recognising the dedication to history and preservation of old Irish architecture. To quote Carol-Anne, from Clonalis House “it’s a never ending project”. An excellent choice for inclusion in the Irish Independent’s Fab 50, Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022. Click HERE to book a stay in the beautiful Clonalis House.

 

Birdhill House & Gardens

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Thomas Breathnach called to Yvonne & Robert in Birdhill House & Gardens. Another stunning Hidden Ireland house which is the latest addition to the Hidden Ireland family. Thomas found a villa-like splendour and an all-season appeal , with sun trap terraces, palatial bedrooms, and inviting spaces to curl up in. The house also boasts a beautiful decadent drawing room and a library that is just bursting with character! Condé Nast Traveller has tipped Tipperary as one of the best places in the world to visit in 2022.Click HERE to book a stay in Birdhill House & Gardens!

 

Click HERE to read the full list of the Irish Independent’s Fab 50 Ireland’s best places to stay in 2022!

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Treat your Mother to a Hidden Ireland Gift Voucher for Mother’s Day this year and your mum can treat herself to a stay in one of the best places to stay in Ireland for 2022!

Coolclogher House

Book Coolclogher House Exclusively

Here is the answer to your holiday plans! Book Coolclogher House exclusively and enjoy having this magnificent house just for your family!

Book Coolclogher House and as a result you are booking a historic manor house set on a 68 acre walled estate near Killarney. Mary and Maurice Harnett restored Coolclogher House to an exceptional standard. Having restored the house, it now boasts spacious reception rooms, a large conservatory and seven large luxurious bedrooms. Each bedroom has their own bathroom and with magnificent views of the dramatic mountains of the Killarney National Park. As a result Coolclogher is an excellent base for exploring the ruggedly beautiful county Kerry. Coolclogher House specialises in vacation rental for groups of up to 16 people. It is right on the Ring of Kerry and Ross Castle.

Coolclogher House

Killarney is an ideal starting point on the famous Ring of Kerry. For the more ambitious, a day trip to the Dingle Peninsula or the wonderful Ring of Beara is a must. There are also world famous golf courses at Waterville, Tralee and Ballybunion which are only a short distance from Coolclogher House. Take a boat trip on the famous Lakes of Killarney. Fishing and horse riding can all be arranged so that you can enjoy all that Killarney has to offer.

Situated 5 minutes from the historic town of Killarney, which boasts a number of excellent dining options and a wide variety of entertainment. Coolclogher House is the perfect base for a longer stay and a wonderful location for a family reunion or for celebrating a special occasion.

Coolclogher House does not offer Bed & Breakfast but specialises in self-catering exclusive rentals.

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Happy St Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Happy St Patrick’s Day from everyone in Hidden Ireland!

The Confessio of Patrick tell us that when Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by Irish pirates from his home in Britain. Taken as a slave to Ireland, looking after animals; he lived there for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western Ireland. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday.

Legends

The Shamrock – Patrick taught the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God.

Snakes – St Patrick is said to have banished all the snakes from Ireland.

Hidden Ireland

Hidden Ireland has houses dotted all over Ireland close to places where St Patrick spent time. From the slopes of the Mourne Mountains to Croagh Patrick on the Wild Atlantic Way. Choose one of our Country House B&B’s, Exclusive Rentals or Cottages & Gate Lodges to stay in as you explore the Emerald Isle!

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Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!

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Wild Atlantic Way

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way

Is it time you went to explore the Wild Atlantic Way?

The Wild Atlantic Way is a world-renowned touring route up the wild and rugged west coast of Ireland. The northerly tip starts on the Inishowen peninsula in Co Donegal and it finishes in the beautiful town of Kinsale in Co Cork, some 2,500 km.

If you are limited on time you can do it in a week but 2-3 weeks would be better. It is a driving (or cycling) tour that meanders its way casually along the Atlantic coast line. The Wild Atlantic Way highlights some 188 of the very best discovery points to see! It also affords you the opportunity to steer off the well sign posted route and explore many more memorable attractions.

You need not try to do it all. Pick out a region or two and explore at a leisurely pace. Come back another time to do some more. Maps are deceiving in Ireland. It takes longer than you might expect because there is so much to see and do around every bend in the road and behind every blossom laden hedge.

Hidden Ireland & The Wild Atlantic Way

Hidden Ireland accommodation is scattered up and down the trail giving you a great choice of where to stay while you explore the Wild Atlantic Way. An historic Country House bed and breakfast might suit you for a couple of days or a whole house vacation rental in a cottage, lodge or even a manor might suit an extended stay better. It will be a memorable experience to share with friends or family.

Make sure to check out what Hidden Ireland can offer as you explore the Wild Atlantic Way! We even have a map to help you organise your trip along the west coast! Click HERE to check it out!

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Mourne Mountains

Explore the Mourne Mountain Region

Explore the Mourne Mountain Region! From dramatic mountains sweeping down to the sea to miles of sandy beaches and magical Forest Parks. The Mourne Region has it all.

The Mourne Mountain range has many walks for all abilities and boasts many wonderful views. The tallest peak Slieve Donard was the inspiration for the Percy French song “Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea” as it dominates the quaint seaside town of Newcastle. The world class Royal County Down Golf Club sits between Newcastle and Murlough Beach which is a protected wildlife reserve and one of the most picturesque places for a swim in Ireland.

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When you are exploring the Mourne Mountain Region there are 3 forest parks in the area. Tollymore Forest is 3 miles outside Newcastle and Castlewellan Forest is 5 miles from Newcastle. It has many forest walks and a mature maze to keep you occupied for hours.  Kilbroney Park can be found in the pretty village of Rostrevor and was one of the areas which inspired CS Lewis to write The Tales of Narnia. You can climb up to the Cloughmor Stone and look out over Carlingford Lough to the Cooley Mountains. All three parks have designated bike tracks and bike hire is available.

Downpatrick is also close by and you can visit St Patrick’s Grave at the Cathedral and follow St Patrick’s trail. The many stone circles and Neolithic Dolmens in the area are also well worth a visit.

There is so much to discover in the Mourne Region and all over Northern Ireland. To learn more about discovering Northern Ireland click HERE.

Hidden Ireland also have two Country Houses, namely Kiltariff Hall & Tyrella House  where you can stay and explore this whole area

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Ashley Park House

Stay at Ashley Park House

Book a stay at Ashley Park House where you can enjoy the magical quality that is particularly appealing!  The avenue winds along the shore, through deep woods of oak and beech, until–suddenly–you reach the Georgian house. The rooms are large, comfortable offering a truly relaxing break away from the busyness of modern life.

The owners, Margaret & David McKenzie  run their home in a relaxed and informal way in the style of the traditional Irish country house, ideal for family and friends taking a break to celebrate a special occasion. Book a stay in Ashley Park House and you can row around the lake, undoubtedly one of the best views of the estate.

The House

Ashley Park House sits in the middle of 76 acres of beech woodland and formal gardens in the heart of County Tipperary. Six miles north of the busy market town of Nenagh with its famous circular keep. This beautiful 18th century country house has sweeping Edwardian verandas overlooking the lake. Approach the house through a rusticated stone arch, down a long tree-lined avenue with lovely views across Lough Ourna.

Ashley Park House retains many of its original Georgian fittings and has been faithfully restored to its original appearance which makes this house so magical to stay in. This gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate truly authentic Irish country house accommodation. Recent renovations have created stylish new rooms in the Coach Houses next to the main house where modern comforts link with traditional styling.

Good Food

Ashley Park House has a fantastic in house culinary team who are eager to entertain you with the finest food. Enjoy a romantic break away with four course dinner in the Main House dining room overlooking the lake. Retire to the luxurious drawing room where you can enjoy a digestif from the residents bar. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, which is Highly Recommended by the Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards. This is a chance not to be missed because if you do, you only have yourself to blame. Book a stay now so you can treat yourself!

 

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