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The spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim

The spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim

The Medieval Mile trail in Co Kilkenny is a revealing walk

The Medieval Mile trail in Co Kilkenny is a revealing walk

Lower Lough Erne is one of the most dramatic natural landscapes in Northern Ireland

Lower Lough Erne is one of the most dramatic natural landscapes in Northern Ireland

The beautiful scenery in Sligo

The beautiful scenery in Sligo

Galway Bay in front of old Galway Town and it’s pastel buildings

Galway Bay in front of old Galway Town and it’s pastel buildings

Slieve Donard resort in Co Down, which towers above the town of Newcastle

Slieve Donard resort in Co Down, which towers above the town of Newcastle

Bundoran, Donegal, is a fantastic spot for surfers

Bundoran, Donegal, is a fantastic spot for surfers

The waterfront at Waterford city

The waterfront at Waterford city

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Muckross House and Park in Killarney, Co Kerry

Muckross House and Park in Killarney, Co Kerry

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The spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Co Antrim

Forget any hassle with quarantine and foreign flights, Lauren Harte picks 10 of the best weekends away in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Antrim

The north coast is home to stunning cliff-top walks and dramatic sea views which can be explored before taking refuge in cosy pubs and fine seafood restaurants.