Travel: From a walking weekend out west to a Santa treat for the children

Fota Island hosts a spooky woodlands thrill and Osprey Spa will pamper you in the relaxation room

Walking west

Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo, is offering a new walking tour. Check in on Friday evening and enjoy a Saturday morning stroll through Sheeffry Hills with a guided walk above the Glenlaur valley, experiencing views of Croagh Patrick and Twelve Bens with a packed lunch.

Relax with dinner that evening before an excursion at 10pm to discover the dark skies of Mayo followed by stories from the local Seanchaí, or if the spa is more your speed, enjoy €10 off all spa treatments. The walking weekend package includes two nights' accommodation with breakfast, dinner on one evening and guided walks from €235pp in November 2018, and €195pp in February 2019. See

Santa Special

Treat little ones with the ultimate festive trip to Lapland this December. Fly from Dublin directly to Rovaniemi Airport in Finland, where you'll be met by elves, enjoy husky-led sleigh rides and a visit to Santa children and adults will never forget. Travel Saturday, December 8th or December 15th with adults going from €679 and children from €589. Visit for more.


Fota Island hosts a spooky experience this month in the form of Spooky in the woodlands of the resort. Haunted graveyards, pumpkin patches, Wendy the Witch and Mammy the Mummy will all be on hand to make sure you have a scary time. Open from now until November 4th from 3 pm to 10 pm daily. Visit for ticket prices and availability.

Spa Special

Experience the new Hugh Wallace-designed Osprey Spa in Naas, with their new package. Enjoy an Osprey Body & Soul 75-minute treatment, which includes a lavender sugar glow body exfoliation, tailor-made massage and Voya detoxifying seaweed bath from €170 Friday to Sunday or €145 Monday to Thursday. Visit for more.