Thursday 19 January 2017

Top 10 Family Adventures in Ireland

Published 22/06/2016 | 10:34

Summer activities
Summer activities

With daylight at its longest, it’s time we made the most of our days.

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The kids are off, and you’re keen to get them outside and active. We’ve collected the top ten best family activities in Ireland for the whole family to enjoy.

Rapid Kayaking

Explore the coastal and inland waters of North West Donegal. Choose from family friendly two hour kayak trips, canoe journeys or a half day sea kayak tour. The whole family will enjoy seeing some of Donegal’s stunning islands along its rugged coastline and wilderness scenery and wildlife. All equipment is provided for each trip and no experience is required for any of the trips, but the guides do suggest a good level of fitness.

See more here: http://www.rapidkayaking.com/

Whale Watching

Whale and dolphin watching
Whale and dolphin watching

There are a huge number of whale watching tour operators along the coast. Delight the family with stunning views of dolphins and whales. One such operator is Whale Watch West Cork. Leaving Baltimore daily, ‘Voyager’ will take you on a tour of discovery of the Atlantic’s largest mammals.  You’ll stop for a break on Cape Clear Island for a refreshment during the tour. Do be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and warm clothes.

See more here: www.whalewatchwestcork.com/

Wolfhound Adventure Tours

Looking for something more land-based? Why not explore some of Ireland’s hidden secrets? Get away from the bustle of the usual coach tours; Wolfhound Adventure Tours offer tailored tours for families cycling or walking. You’ll visit ancient tombs, castles, stone circles; you will explore hidden valleys, ruined famine villages and remote beaches and, if you would prefer not to bike or hike, just sit back and relax, as you are expertly guided through Ireland's lovely landscape.

Cliffs - Wolfhound Tours
Cliffs - Wolfhound Tours

See more here: www.wolfhoundtours.com/

Dublin Zoo

Delight even the smallest family member at Dublin Zoo, located in Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin City. The 70 acre park is home to some 600 animals. Roam the African Savanna and spot giraffes, rhinos and zebras. Meet gorillas in the new Gorilla Rainforest or walk through the Kaziranga Forest Trail to see the magnificent heard of Asian elephants. With all the necessary amenities, Dublin Zoo provides the perfect family day out.

See more here: www.dublinzoo.ie/

Dublin Zoo
Dublin Zoo

Wavesweeper Sea Adventures

If your family is keen on water sports, head to Northwest Mayo. Wavesweeper Sea Adventures offer a host of different experiences and cater for families and groups of all sizes and ages. With coasteering, kayaking, surfing, incredible snorkelling and boat trips, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your family for an adventurous day out.

See more here: www.wavesweeperseaadventures.com/

Trabolgan Holiday Village

Perhaps you want to get away for a while? Trabolgan Holiday Village has 172 self-catering houses on 140 acres of woodland. It is the perfect location for an action-packed family holiday with a range of adventure sports activities including, Crazy Golf, Go Karts, Quad Bikes, the Trabolgan Tower (Abseiling, Zip Wire, Climbing), Combat Laser, Water Walkerz, Bounce Zone (Bungee Trampolines, Bungee Run, Inflatable Obstacle Course), Archery, Mini Karts and Mini Trampolines.

See more here: https://www.trabolgan.com/

Leahy’s Open Farm

Leahy’s Open Farm in Co. Cork is an exciting day out for all the family. You can help feed the monkeys, camel, kid goats, hens and ducks. Hold the snake, rabbits, goats and mice. Petting times with the animals are 1, 3 and 5pm daily. Take a ride on the quad and barrel train of operate a real JCB mini digger. The farm also has a huge mystery maze, climbing frames and an adventure playground. With a coffee shop on site to take a break, you’ll want to spend the whole day there.

Baby Foal at Leahy's Farm
Baby Foal at Leahy's Farm

See more here: www.leahysopenfarm.ie/ 

Atlantic Sheepdogs

This is a truly unique experience. Atlantic Sheepdogs offers you the chance to see some of the world’s smartest sheepdogs working in their natural environment. Martin Feeney, the proprietor, will demonstrate how sheepdogs work, how they are trained and you’ll also get to meet the different breeds of sheep. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Atlantic Sheepdogs over looks Streedagh Beach, so if you are keen, you and the family can take the beautiful beach walk, one of the most scenic walks on the west coast of Ireland.

See more here: www.facebook.com/atlanticsheepdogs

Dublin Falconry

For something completely different, why not take the family to see the incredible flying displays of raptors at Dublin Falconry. See first-hand how the raptor moves their tail and wings to manoeuvre through trees and land, as part of the tour you’ll have an introduction on how to hold a raptor – a unique photo opportunity.

See more here: www.dublinfalconry.com/

Letterfrack Bay Water Tours

Located in County Galway, Letterfrack Bay Water Tours has over 200 exhibits as well as a seaside nature trail. Take a trip on Ireland’s only glass bottomed boats and see the underwater world as only divers can see. Your family is sure to be delighted with the large variety of sea birds, grey seals, dolphins and porpoises. With a wide range of cafes and restaurants, you’ll be sorted for refreshment and after your tour, you could take a walk in the nearby Connemara National Park.

Letterfrack
Letterfrack

See more here: www.letterfrackwatertours.com/

Win a winter and summer holiday!

Staying active and getting outside is essential, and it’s so important to make the most of the summer we have. Whatever sun we get, we need to soak up that all-important Vitamin D. But since we can’t be sure to get the sun we need, Avonmore are offering our readers the chance to win a winter and a summer sun family holiday, each worth €4,000 plus weekly beach kits worth €100 - over the next EIGHT weeks!

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We may not be able to count on the sun to make sufficient appearances during an Irish summer, but just one glass of Avonmore Super Milk gives you all the daily Vitamin D you need.

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