Participants walking down from Carrickgollogan hill on a free guided hike with the Dublin Moutains Partnership. In the distance are more hills and a large forest.

Free Guided Hikes in the Dublin Mountains

Did you know that you can join in free guided hikes in the Dublin Mountains? This great initiative is part of the Dublin Mountains Partnership and is perfect if you’re getting into hill walking or just enjoy the social aspect of walking with a group. Read More

Winter Lights Dublin City – don’t miss the magic!

If you haven’t made in to Dublin city yet to check out Winter Lights Dublin, don’t worry, there’s still time! This festive event by Dublin City Council runs until New Year’s Day.  So if you’ve been avoiding the pre-Christmas madness of the city, you can head in between Christmas and New Year and enjoy the lights when it’s marginally less crazy. Read More

A couple walking their dogs along the tree-lined avenue leading to Emo Court

Updated: A Visit to Emo Court House and Parklands

This post was originally published on 6 December 2018 and updated on 27 May 2019.

Emo Court House and Parklands are located just a couple of kilometres from the village of Emo in County Laois. The house is a magnificent neo-classical mansion that’s well worth a visit.  Take a tour to appreciate the stunning interiors and hear about the interesting history of Emo Court. Or simply enjoy the beautiful parklands surrounding the house, which are free to explore all year round. 

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Sugar Loaf trail

Great Sugar Loaf trail – lots of gain for little pain!

You know when you finally do something you’ve been meaning to do for ages and you wonder how the hell did it take me so long to get around to this? Well, that was me with the Great Sugar Loaf in Wicklow. I only climbed it for the first time recently and it’s a great little hike. Short and sweet but at the end of the day you still get to boast that you climbed a mountain! Read More