It’s not quite Fall! But if you’d like to pretend it’s already the season of falling leaves and spooky stories, I suggest you grab your pumpkin spice latte, your softest blanket, and cozy up with a look at Ireland in the Fall, and our top three reasons why you should visit!
Ireland’s Fall Foliage
Ireland is known for a lot of different things – primarily; emerald is her core color. But across Ireland during the Autumn months; visitors can begin to see the foliage change. It’s as if Ireland herself has caught fire; glowing from within – a tremendous rainbow of oranges, golds, and reds floods the forest, sparking enchanting imagery from every angle. A particular favorite stop along the Wild West Irish Tours’ travels for me was the incredible Celtic knot carefully nesting in the heart of the pines. Its breathtaking colors gleam against a backdrop of evergreens – a shining example of nature and mankind working together in harmony.
Ireland’s Seasonal Food
When visiting Ireland in the Fall, I had the good fortune of experiencing a dish I’d never tried before: butternut squash & bleu cheese soup. The combination was the perfect, hearty meal after a good romp around Sligo town with a bit of a breeze kicking up that day. Delicious brown bread and ambiance that reminded me of a nice warm hug. It was an ideal lunch for the weary traveler.
For another group of Wild Westies; they experienced the orchard goodies one of our guides grabbed for them – fresh Autumn apples right off the bough. A terrific roadside snack – nothing beats an apple, especially when it’s in-season.
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of Autumn in Ireland is the fact that Halloween as you know it has its roots in the Irish wilds. Samhain is the end of the Celtic calendar year. Talk of spirits, thinning veils, and all things mystical. The Irish carve turnips, not pumpkins! It is a celebration of rebirth. Whether you’re spiritual or material, this time of year is very special in the Wild West of Ireland. Bonfires pop up toward the end of October, and the harvest season is often met with enthusiastic get-togethers to reflect on the past year. Come to the Wild West of Ireland in the Fall to start your Celtic year off right – learn about the traditions of Samhain; the stories of the thinning veil, or perhaps choose to celebrate in a more earthly manner. Whether you drink a craft cider, beer, or are content with fine Irish tea, the festivity of Samhain provides ample opportunity to explore your options, raise a glass, and give thanks for the Celtic year.
– Sam Fishkind.