The Emerald Isle’s forests, parks and undulating countryside turn a kaleidoscope of gold, ruby and topaz hues come fall. Autumn is one of the most atmospheric seasons to visit Ireland: outdoor activities and incredible birdlife abound, local festivals and sporting events pack the calendar, and toe-tapping traditional music sessions in cosy pubs take place around crackling turf fires. Ireland’s exceptional museums also make wonderful refuges from the elements. Best of all, as the leaves start to fall, so do accommodation prices. After the summer holiday rush, crowds at key sights thin out, restaurants are easier to book at short notice, and roads are quieter, making driving and cycling more enjoyable. Festivals Rich traditional festivals in the fall months include early September’s three-day Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival (capeclearstorytelling.com), with storytelling, workshops and walks on Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island off the coast of County Cork. Wildly innovative performances take place during the two-week DublinFringe Festival (fringefest.com), which is the precursor for the renowned 18-day Dublin Theatre Festival (dublintheatrefestival.com). BelfastFestival at Queen’s (belfastinternationalartsfestival.com) is held in and around Queen’s University throughout the second half of October. Music festivals strike up all over the island in autumn. Opera fans gather in Wexford … Continue reading Autumnal adventures: What to do in Ireland in the fall

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