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Escapes with friends

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  • Something different for friends
  • Gems of the Lakelands
  • Breath-taking spots for a picnic
  • Irish walking festivals
This is what friendship is made of Get out and about this month and test the bonds of your friendships with some exciting challenges.

Learn a new skill or take up cycling - from adventures to festivals, get your gang ready for some fun.


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Explore the Lakelands Discover some of the best scenic and historical attractions that Ireland's Lakelands have to offer.

From castles to forests and parks to mines, you'll never be stuck to find an exciting adventure.

Take a look at some of the incredible locations on our list.


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Fun and food outdoors Enjoy the great weather and a relaxing picnic in the scenic Irish countryside.

There are plenty of beautiful parks, gardens and waterfalls to choose from, so pick your ideal spot and head outdoors with your packed picnic basket!


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Strap on your hiking boots Looking for some excitement and exercise?

Explore the Irish countryside with one of many great Irish walking events just around the corner and into the autumn.

Go walking this summer with a selection of festivals to get your blood pumping.


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Fun fair big wheel

The picturesque Tipperary village of Terryglass hosts a very hands-on arts festival. Celebrating its 17th year, Terryglass Arts Festival offers an eclectic mix of visual arts, music, film, workshops, comedy and street performance.

Terryglass Arts Festival
Group of horse riders

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Sports events and ralliesRaise your adrenalin at Gaelforce West or another exciting event across Ireland.

Festivals in IrelandFrom Carlow Garden Festival to Taste of Donegal, there's a festival waiting for you.

Irish fairs and marketsVisit one of Ireland's fairs or markets - get started with Valentia Isle Festival.

Find a romantic walkLose yourself and get close to nature amongst this breathtaking scenery.


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Downton Abbey spotsExperience a bygone era in Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Visual arts and architectureExplore cutting edge design from the past, present and future.

Gallery exhibitionsKeep pace with Ireland's arts scene at landmarks like IMMA and the National Gallery.

Irish craftInspire yourself with modern Irish craft trails or visit the National Craft Gallery.


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Fun for grown-ups

Girls' days out

Ladies day at the racesHave a great day out with the girls at the famous Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare.

Go diving in the BurrenDiscover an underwater world in Co Clare with the Burren Outdoor Education Centre.

Find an adventure dayGo zip lining, sailing and climbing with the girls at Carlingford Adventure Centre.

Go glamping with the girlsDiscover the great outdoors in style with a break in a luxury Yurt in North Donegal.


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Escapes for the boys

Go blowkarting with the boysJoin the blowkarting craze and sail in a three wheeled kart in Co Waterford.

Go paragliding in CorkEnjoy some high flying paragliding adventures with the lads in Bantry.

Find an adventure day outHone your survival skills and enhance your mind and body with Lough Allen Adventure.

Enjoy Irish craft brewingLearn about the beautiful crafting of Irish ale at Carlow Brewing Company.


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