Your Ireland digital detox bucket list

Bere Island, County Cork © Raymond Fogarty

Forest foraging, horseback riding along the shore and meditation sessions sure to cleanse the mind… it’s time to switch off and unwind with Ireland’s digital detox destinations

Find inner peace at Jampa Ling

Against the backdrop of the majestic Cuilcagh Mountains in County Cavan lies Jampa Ling – a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center perfect for finding your zen. Situated in Ireland’s Ancient East, people come here to enjoy its peaceful ambience and stunning surroundings. Those from all walks of life are welcome to partake in meditation, explore Buddhist teachings and wander through its tranquil birch forest. It’s the perfect place to switch off from the pressures of life and enjoy its simple pleasures.

Traditional living at Bushmills Thatched Cottage

The smell of earthy peat smouldering in the fireplace, blissful slumbers in a four-poster bed and the aroma of food wafting from a stove cooker – County Antrim's Bushmills Thatched Cottage is a dream getaway. You’ll experience the quaint look of a traditional home merged with all the modern conveniences required for a comfy stay. Be sure to go for a tipple at nearby Bushmills Distillery, cross the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and walk in the footsteps of titans at the Giant’s Causeway.

Enjoy traditional dancing at Johnnie Fox’s

Famed as Ireland’s highest pub, Johnnie Fox’s serves up a rip-roaring hooley (party) experience every night of the week at the top of the Dublin Mountains. A traditional band serenades you while you enjoy dinner, before a troupe of Irish dancers take to the floor for a leg-kicking extravaganza accompanied by live master musicians – be sure to book in. Good food, perfect pints and amazing entertainment – it’s the perfect time to tune out of technology and enjoy a rousing Irish welcome.

Isolated bliss on Bere Island

Situated at the entrance to Cork’s beautiful Bantry Bay lies the quaint Bere Island. The only way to reach its shores is by ferry, and with a population of around 230 people its tranquil setting is the perfect place to get back to nature. Phone signal is pretty patchy, so it's best to switch off and tune into the character of the island. On Thursdays, you can embark on the Heritage Bus Tour for a wander through time with visits to ring forts, standing stones and wedge tombs dating back centuries. Walk the island's trail of the Beara Way for stunning windswept views across Slieve Miskish and the Caha Mountains. Then drop into Bere Island Hotel for a creamy pint with a tasty bowl of chowder.

Get wild at The Living Wilderness Bushcraft School

Reckon you could survive in the wild? Take a trip to Navan in County Meath and test your senses at The Living Wilderness Bushcraft School. Here, you can hone your survival skills, forage in the forest and experience the sights and sounds of the wild as you fall asleep under the stars. Learn how to make a campfire, cook with your foraged forest goods and bask in the raw state of outdoor living. You’ll be hard-pressed to get a phone signal most of the time, so what better excuse to switch off and revel in nature's beauty? The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne is a short drive away, where you can marvel at the knowledge and skills of the Neolithic people who built amazing places like Newgrange some 5,000 years ago.

Gallop along the beach with Hill Farm Riding Centre

A beachside jaunt on horseback with the salty sea air in your face is the perfect way to awaken the senses. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy this beautiful experience in County Londonderry, where the rugged beauty of Northern Ireland shines through with each canter of your fine steed. Expert staff from Hill Farm Riding Centre lead groups along Castlerock Beach, passing by Downhill Demesne and the iconic clifftop landmark of Mussenden Temple. Be sure to finish off your day with fresh seafood from Harry’s Shack, set alongside Portstewart Strand.

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