Visiting Carlow in the New Year

If the mood for New Year 2022 in Ireland can be summarised in one word, it may be “hopeful”. The pandemic may not be over, but there is certainly a mood of optimism in the air, and hope that living with the restrictions of last year are very much in the past. The other good news that tourists, family and friends travelling to Ireland no longer need to have an antigen test on arrival if vaccinated has really put a smile on the faces of many in the travel and tourism industry.

Avlon House Bed and Breakfast have been very fortunate to have welcomed our regular guests in a safe and socially distanced manner over the last 18 months, and we loved meeting new visitors who chose to visit Carlow for the first (and not the last) time. Chatting with our guests over breakfast, or in the evening and hearing the positive stories that they had to tell was heartening. It was no surprise to us to know that we live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

The New Year is always associated with forward planning, changing old habits, putting together wish lists and challenging ourselves to do something different. If a visit to Carlow has been on your list of places to visit in Ireland, NOW is the time to consider it, and here’s why.

Winter is an interesting season to travel, holiday or vacation in Ireland. Although the weather in Ireland is generally mild all year round, the winter months are more suited to guests who are willing to wrap up, brave the elements and embrace the lower temperatures.

If the outdoors is where you are happiest the advantages to visiting Carlow are to be embraced. They include


Low season or off-season hotel rooms are always going to be less expensive. Watch out for special offers, added value and last-minute specials.


A walking tour of the Backstairs eco trail may sound idyllic but in the height of the season you may crave the sound of silence if you are surrounded by more day trippers than expected.


Restrictions around Covid have kept us as safe as we can be, but sometimes, we just want to book that last minute brunch or dinner and be confident that we can be accommodated. Cafes and restaurants in county Carlow will really appreciate the support and make sure you get the best of local cuisine.

In our opinion the pros outweigh the cons if you are deliberating a weekend break in Carlow at this time of year. We are only a click or a phone call away here at the Avlon House Bed & Breakfast and will help you plan your perfect winter escape. Book direct and SAVE.