1. Celebrate Harvest Season
Fall is harvest time, and there's nothing quite as tasty as heading to farmers markets – big and small – to pick up food fresh from the farm! Two special treats, though, have to be St George's Market in Belfast and the English Market in Cork, which have both been serving organic goods for centuries.
2. Warm up in a cosy café
You can't journey around Ireland in the fall without stopping into a cosy café for a drop of tea or coffee. They are preferably accompanied by some cake and pastry loveliness.
3. Go Birdwatching
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, wait, it is a bird! Millions of birds. Ireland holds the distinction of lying beneath some of the busiest bird migration routes globally, and fall sees the arrival and departure of countless species, including Canadian geese, Icelandic whooper swans and Eurasian golden orioles. So don't miss this feathered phenomenon.
4. Whale Watching
Surrounded by water, you'd expect the island of Ireland to have some of the best spots in the world to whale watch! And, fall happens to be one of the best times to see nature at its most dramatic. Humpbacks, minke and even the occasional orca, can all be spotted doing their aquatic acrobatics along the Wild Atlantic Way.
5. Enjoy a Castle Stay
If you're a lover of life's finer things, the next-level luxury of Dromoland Castle, Lough Eske Castle and Ashford Castle will hit the spot, promising gourmet dining, award-winning spas and five-star standards. Fancy rubbing shoulders with the owners? Master of Wilton Castle, Sean Windsor, delights in sharing its story with visitors, while the 7th Earl of Erne has opened the doors of County Fermanagh's Crom Castle for years.
Did you know that Halloween was invented in Ireland? If you are in the country during October, you will see how unique is the Halloween culture around Ireland. Ireland has been celebrating Halloween for more than a thousand years. So, get your costume, go dress up and enjoy!
Before I forget, you also must visit the Traditional Irish Pubs (But I'm sure you know that, right?) make sure to catch a traditional music session to get the complete experience. Here, among wooden corner booths, snugs and pints of Guinness, friends old and new trade melodies and ancient songs on an assortment of native instruments.
Adaptations: Fabio Araujo
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