Five family-friendly breaks
Published 09/05/2011 | 16:54
With many fantastic family holidays available in Ireland this summer it seems that for many if us staying here has become the new going there.
Whether you decide to brave the weather and go camping, unleash your nautical side with boat hire or simply retreat to a hotel for some much needed R&R, we at Independent.ie might just have the family break for you!
Energetic kids looking for new horizons might find a night or two under the stars just the thing.
Located in the sunny south east, the four star Morriscastle Strand Caravan Park is near Gorey, county Wexford and offers plenty of activities to keep your little adventurers occupied.
The campsite boasts adventure playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, astroturf football pitches and a games-room.
Should the family chef not really appreciate gas stoves and damp matches, there is a takeaway and cafe.
As the campsite also runs a dedicated ‘KidsKamp’ throughout the peak season, parents also get some relaxation as well.
Caravans, campervans and tents are welcome.
For more information visit morriscastlestrand.com
Hit the Seaside
A favorite holiday destination for over 100 years, the Irish Riviera should have enough sand to keep the kids in castles for a week or two.
Made up of the seaside resorts of Youghal, Ardmore, Dungarvan, Cobh and Ballycotton, the area has good family facilities and there are plenty of options when it comes to resting your head.
As part of a wider approach at marketing the area the towns have combined to offer information and offers on irishriviera.com.
From self catering options to well priced B&Bs the site also offers advice on events and entertainment.
Whale and dolphin watching, history and heritage and for the thrill-seekers among you there is quad-biking and Canadian canoeing.
For more information visit theirishriviera.com
Seafarers seeking less distant shores would do well to up anchor with a rented cruiser.
Emerald Star have a range of holiday boats available for both short and long breaks on the River Shannon and cater for both salty sea dogs and land-lubbers alike.
If you haven't sailed before these breaks are ideal and holiday makers are given a thorough briefing on everything from which knots to use when finding a berth and how the oven works when it's time to feed the crew.
With a course charted you and the family can take to the water and enjoy centuries-old monastic settlements, lush landscapes, dramatic scenery and of course the beautiful river itself.
For more information phone 071 9627633 or visit emeraldstar.ie
Have an adventure
Older families hungry for a bit of adventure can saddle up and enjoy a ride at the Eclipse Equestrian and Activity Centre.
Nestled between the towns of Kemare, Sneem and Killarney in Co Kerry, the centre offers cosy self catering options and is the perfect base for families looking to explore the great outdoors.
After a comfortable night's sleep and a hearty breakfast there's enough activities to keep everyone occupied and once the little ones have earned their spurs, the centre also offers kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, hill walking and archery.
Once the day's activities are over, saddle-sore limbs can be soothed with a dip in the spa before you head back to the ranch for a home cooked meal.
Eclipse Equestrian and Activity Centre self-catering is available from €110 per night.
For more information visit eclipseireland.com or telephone 064 6682965
Take five in a hotel
Families looking to swap the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favour of a little R&R should pack up the car and head for Westport Woods Hotel and Spa.
Located halfway between the town centre and the quay, Westport has purpose built family rooms complete with extra beds, pull-out couches and travel cots.
With interconnecting rooms meaning less arguments over who sleeps where, the resort also has plenty by way of family activities to enjoy.
As well as being close to the beach and the town, Westport has outdoor playgrounds, volleyball courts and the Horizon adventure centre and swimming pool. Should all that not be enough there's also the Go Kids Club who'll be only too happy to take the little angels off your hands for a while.
Prices start from €499 for 3 nights B&B including dinner for two adults and two children.
For more information visit westportwoodshotel.com