For starters, walk in the shoes of Gaelic nobility with a ringfort stay at the Irish National Heritage Park
, on the banks of the River Slaney in Wexford. A feature of the newly Christianised Ireland of 1500 years ago, the replica ringfort is surrounded by a strong oak palisade complete with a tall watch-tower. The picturesque big house inside has stone walls and a thatched roof, with a cosy central hearth, and sleep 6 to 8 people comfortably.
The park closes at 6.30pm, when you’ll be left in complete freedom to roam as you like—exploring the woods, watching the wildlife and enjoy the views across Slaney Estuary.
For a more cosy, night-time experience, discover the art of storytelling - an age old tradition that has helped shape the culture and history of Ireland’s Ancient East. As the winter nights grow darker, gather by the fireside at one of the houses of the Stories From the Hearth
initiative, organised by the County Wexford Storytelling Network.
There are seven houses in the network, from Clonegal in the north of Wexford to Kyle Forge, Crossabeg in the south of the county. Each one has a unique quality that must be experienced, while songs, recitations and dancing guarantee a lively session. The Fear a Tí or Bean a Tí will always have a welcome tale for all those young and old, not to mention a cup of tea.
Recover from your gaol experience with a more relaxing nocturnal activity next. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Kevin and sample the stillness and serenity of the Wicklow landscape by the light of the moon. The Full Moon Walk
Enniskerry is organised by Hilltoptreks.ie
and takes in some of the most scenic parts of Wicklow and Dublin, like Glendalough, Luggala and Djouce.
Each two to three hour tour will take place close to Enniskerry Village and include many of the great wooded trails in the area - with fantastic 360 degree views from the top of a hill across the eastern coastline of Dublin and Wicklow.