As we head into spring, short breaks at home are the choice of many people, and Fionn Davenport is on hand with advice for people interesting in experiencing some heritage during their time off.

'To go and experience some things that I haven't been to since I was a little child, and to revisit them as an adult, I had an absolutely terrific weekend'

The travel journalist recently took a weekend journey around Carlow and Kilkenny as part of Ireland’s Ancient East and explains what he found to Cormac Ó’hEadhra on the Today programme.

“Strangely enough… kind of old fashioned, but in the best possible way.”

Some old fashion traits of the trip included no television in the bedrooms, beautiful four poster beds and communal dining. The trend of communal dining has recently taken the tourism scene by storm but when Fionn pointed this out to the owners they simply said, "sure we've been doing this since the 80's."

Fionn went on to describe the tourist attractions of Ireland's Ancient East citing Oliva O'Leary as his inspiration for visiting spots such as the barrow way.

"Olivia O'Leary has been writing and promoting the barrow way for a long time and she's absolutely right, the towpath is sensational." 

Read Olivia O'Leary's argument for keeping the River Barrow walkway as it is here

To hear more about Fionn’s trip, click here or listen to the clip above.