Dogs take the trip to Tipp, the glories of Northern bathtubs and other autumn sights

Travel News: Catering for all tastes, from the arts in Galway to the whiskey in Belfast

Tipperary is leading the way in pup-friendly packages.

Tipperary is leading the way in pup-friendly packages.

 

Leading the way

Apparently inquiries about dog adoption rose by 134 per cent during the pandemic, but what do all those new dog owners do about a family break with the new plus-one-pooch? Leading the way in pup-friendly packages, Tipperary Tourism (tipperary.com) have lots of options including Fuchsia Lane Farm, where a weekend costs from €250 for a lovely cottage (fuchsialanefarm.com), or Stonepark Lodge, close to Lough Derg, has camping spots from €20 per night. Don’t fancy autumn under canvas? There’s a self-catering spot sleeping four, from €100 a night, minimum two-night stay, stoneparklodge.ie

Fall colours

Take an autumn break at Wicklow’s Powerscourt Hotel.
Take an autumn break at Wicklow’s Powerscourt Hotel.

Okay, so it may look like something out of Las Vegas got dropped into the Wicklow Glens, but the Powerscourt Hotel sure is in a pretty place. Tear yourself away from the Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool and treat your eyes to a natural feast as the leaves turn gently brown all round. Stay between September 1st and October 21st with B&B from €299 per room, or take a family room sleeping two children under 12 from €333. Add dinner at the Sika Restaurant and entry to the Powerscourt Gardens, plus 10 per cent off stuff at the Avoca there from €228.50pps. powerscourthotel.com

Whiskey a go go

The Boho Break at Harrison Chambers is aimed at the solo traveller.
The Boho Break at Harrison Chambers is aimed at the solo traveller.

Packing a powerful Bohemian punch, Belfast’s Harrison Chambers of Distinction do its level best to live up to the name with wild wallpapers, significant bathtubs and all manner of luxuriously quirky touches. The Boho Break, aimed at solo travellers, gives you a room, prosecco picnic, and a map to explore the northern (de)lights. £125. Or try the Whiskey Experience, including a walking tour, tastings and a pub stop too, from £295pps. chambersofdistinction.com

Go for Galway

Mirror Pavilion Leaf Work concept drawing. Photograph: courtesy of John Gerrard
Mirror Pavilion Leaf Work concept drawing. Photograph: courtesy of John Gerrard

A little later than usual this year, the Galway International Arts Festival has plenty to see and do, even if you don’t set foot inside a theatre. For starters, the Gerrard siblings seem to have taken over the art side – with Joy at the Festival Gallery with her amazing pen and ink works, and John out at Derrigimlagh Bog with his Mirror Pavilion glinting in the autumn light. Find out more at giaf.ie, and stay right in the heart of things at the Hardiman on Eyre Square, with room only from €155, thehardiman.ie

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.