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Border hopping from Carlow to Wicklow. The Perfect Irish Escape.

A girls weekend to remember, just an hour from Dublin ! My only regret is leaving too soon.

This Is a must read blog for anyone seeking a cool and alternative weekend away in Ireland. Fun, laughs + food. This blog post includes a detailed insight into the trip including the accommodation, day time activities and more. We explored everywhere from Redcross and Tinahely Wicklow to downtime in Hacketstown, Carlow.

The Airbnb – The Lodge Holiday Home, County Carlow.

Book a stay at The Lodge Holiday Home on Airbnb here http://bit.ly/2nXFRQX


As i am sure you have noticed from my blog i am a huge fan of Airbnb’s and hostels. They always add a very unique element to any trip and have WAY more personality than the average hotel. Booking this Airbnb was the catalyst that turned into one of the most memorable girls weekends away. The host Neil really turned our trip into something more by linking us with all the local fun which had everything to offer.

A private lodge located on a horse stud in Hacketstown, Co Carlow. A beautiful Airbnb surrounded by nature, mountains and incredibly friendly animals. Right on the border between Carlow and Wicklow, where you get to enjoy the best of both.

The lodge was the perfect base for our girls weekend and also the place we let our hair down. Some of the facilities we enjoyed included the pool table, outdoor jacuzzi, BBQ, insanely comfortable beds and of course spending time with the residents which included Jackie the famous goat and the herd of beautiful Gypsy Cob Horses. I couldn’t recommend this Airbnb more !!


Our first activity for the day was a private tour at The Wicklow Brewery.

The brewery is located in a gorgeous little town called Redcross in Wicklow, near Avoca. Easy to access from the m50 and a short 35 minute drive to the Airbnb in Hacketstown. The tour cost only €15 ! Which included plenty of Wicklow Brewery craft beer, an insight into their rich history and a tour around the brewery and introduction into the beer making process. I cannot wait to get my hands on their crafted Gingerknut Beer again. An experience I would certainly give a big thumbs up too.

Book your tour at The Wicklow Brewery here now https://www.wicklowbrewery.ie/brewery.html


Afternoon tea at Tinahely Farm Shop in a pink caravan. An epic food experience with a hint of Father Ted and washed down with prosecco.

Owned by Rebecca & Philip Hadden. The couple have created the most unique vintage afternoon tea experience in Tinahely, Wicklow. The little touches of care, the incredibly delicious food and the utter hilariousness of enjoying it within a quaint pink caravan. Better than ANY afternoon tea in Dublin and they couldn’t have been any more accommodating to our vegan & vegetarian needs. It was alternative, indulgent and crafty ! The rain couldn’t stop the fun had here at The Tinhaley Farm Shop.

Book your afternoon tea at Tinhaley Farm Shop here now https://tinahelyfarm.ie/


A pint of Guinness at a Traditional Irish Pub with an epic story called The Dying Cow.

The Dying Cow is famous for its nights of traditional Irish music, banter and it also has a great story (you need to go to find out the full story) !

For more information on this incredible weekend away please feel free to drop me a comment below. Time to get booking your adventure to Carlow & Wicklow.

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