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