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Castle­comer Dis­cov­ery Park is home to Ire­land’s longest zip line, high-ropes cour­ses, ori­en­teer­ing, a new Toy Story Trail (book ahead) and more. Walk­ing trails are free — a good op­tion for a re­union break in the fresh air. If you’re stay­ing lo­cally, The Avalon House Ho­tel has an ‘Avalon at Home’ take­away menu from Thurs­day to Sun­day. There’s also cof­fee, tea and treats to go. dis­cov­ery­park.ie; aval­on­house­ho­tel.ie

“Get some 99s from the hatch at Kitty’s Cabin at Canal Square and en­joy the views be­tween the cas­tle and river. A magic mo­ment when the sun is shin­ing!” — Ai­dan Clancy (@ clan­cyaidan)

Next Satur­day, we’re off to Ire­land’s Hid­den Heart­lands. Share your tips at #Ire­landUn­locks, tweet or @in­doweek­end, or email travel@ in­de­pen­dent.ie!

Lock­down link I loved the dip in traf­fic over lock­down, when it felt like walk­ers and cy­clists had as much a right to the roads as driv­ers. A tem­po­rary one-way sys­tem is in place in Kilkenny city cen­tre to fa­cil­i­tate dis­tanc­ing, and James’s Street will be pedes­tri­anised from the en­trance of Mar­ket Cross car park to High Street from 9am to 9pm. Sim­i­lar to Kin­sale’s pedes­tri­an­i­sa­tion mea­sures, it’s a su­per sum­mer idea... Pat Ty­nan and Brian Ho­gan are two local guides who can help you time travel along the Me­dieval Mile. vis­itk­ilkenny.ie

A to Zwart­bles

There are end­less sur­prises tucked away along the River Nore. Take Suzanna Cramp­ton’s Zwart­bles Ire­land, for in­stance — a sheep farm named for the tall black breed dis­tin­guished by their white blazes, ‘socks’ and white-tipped tails. Tours are by ap­point­ment only, and you can also buy rugs and blan­kets wo­ven from their wool at Cushen­dale Woollen Mills. Near Inis­tioge, Wood­stock Gar­dens is a gor­geous spot for some so­cially-dis­tanced fun, with its Mon­key Puz­zle Av­enue and cof­fee truck near the car park from Thurs­day to Mon­day (11.30am-4pm). Bring €5 in coins for park­ing. zwart­ble­sire­land.com; wood­stock.ie; trailk­ilkenny.ie

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