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9 of the most enchanting fairy woods to explore around the country

Make a trip to some of the most magical spots in Ireland.

STRETCH YOUR LEGS, get some fresh air and search for magical creatures in one of Ireland’s many fairy woods.

Look high and low for fairy houses and doors, wishing chairs and, if you’re lucky, you might even see one of the dainty characters themselves.

Just be sure to watch your step! 

1. St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin

Grab a cup of coffee from the Red Stables before strolling to the nearby fairy trees at the Mount Prospect end of the park. 

2. Ger’s Wild Atlantic Diner, Leap, Co Cork

Hidden behind Ger’s Wild Atlantic Diner is a tiny fairy village, complete with a miniature bridge for the fairies to cross the river safely.

3. Corkagh Park, Dublin 22

Located in Clondalkin, this fairy wood has a worry tree, a post box to send the fairies a letter and information about the job each fairy performs.

4. Wells House and Gardens, Co Wexford

On the grounds of Wells House and Gardens, Gorey, is a large fairy wood with new discoveries at every turn.

5. Erica’s Fairy Forest, Co Cavan

This special forest was created in memory of Erica Ní Draighneain, who lost her battle to childhood cancer aged five. Her parents created the garden in Cootehill to honour Erica’s memory and ‘her unshakeable belief in fairies and magical kingdoms.’

6. Templemore Park, Co Tipperary

Follow the fairy trail at Templemore Park, located just off Main Street.

7.  Russborough House and Parklands, Co Wicklow

Some fairies at Russborough House and Parklands, Blessington, have lived in the enchanted land of Lady’s Island for more than 270 years.

8. Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair, Co Donegal

Take a trip to the hidden gem of the Fairy Bridges and Wishing Chair at Tullan Strand, Bundoran. 

9. Giant’s Lair, Co Down

Visit the Giant’s Lair story trail at Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Armagh. 

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