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4 events for... nature lovers looking to see the best of Ireland

Make the most of the grand stretch with these activities geared towards nature lovers.

Source: Tony Webster

FAN OF THE great outdoors? Looking to make the most of the grand stretch in the evening?

Look no further than these four events.

Killarney Mountain Festival

When: March 9th – 11th

Where: Various locations

This weekend, Killarney will celebrate its surrounds and play host to the inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival. Inspired by Kendal Mountain Festival, an annual festival for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK, Killarney Mountain Festival will present an extensive programme of forty events that includes film screenings, talks, and guided walks.

Highlights include screenings of stunning documentaries like Planet Earth: Mountains and photographic exhibitions depicting Ireland’s mountain culture.

It wouldn’t be a mountain festival without some hikes and Killarney Mountain Festival has partnered with Kerry Climbing to offer a series of guided hikes over the weekend. Walks are tailored to ability – moderate, strenuous, challenging – and you won’t have to worry about losing your way thanks to the experts leading the trek.

Now’s your chance to experience Killarney’s mountains in all their glory.

National Tree Week

When: Until March 11th

Where: Various locations

Spring has officially sprung and National Tree Week is back. There are events taking place all over the country this week including tree planting ceremonies, walks and lectures. Highlights include a tree identification course taking place in the National Botanic Gardens.

If you can’t make it along to the event, why not mark the week by printing out one of the Irish Tree Council’s informative tree trail booklets and knocking along to a park with a designated Native Tree Trail?

Shamrocks and Shillelagh: Ireland’s Plant Folklore

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When: Every Saturday in March

Where: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the National Botanic Gardens is organising a plant folklore tour every Saturday for the month of March. What better way to celebrate your Irishness than by learning about the ancient tales surrounding shamrocks and shillelaghs, eh?

Barrow Way

When: All year round

Where: Co Carlow

Barrow Way is a stunning riverside trail that takes in parts of Kildare, Laois and Carlow. It was recently the subject of controversy after Carlow County Council refused planning permission to Waterways Ireland to construct a blueway following objections from locals.

Now that it’s set to remain untouched, there’s no better time to make your way down and see what all the fuss about. The trail is split into several different stages, but the 4-mile walk from Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins is a favourite.

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