Family fun day: 4 great ideas for a family day out (no matter the age)
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Family moments - no matter what age we're at - are simply essential.
With the Bank Holiday looming, we're on the hunt for something a little different, off the beaten track AND suitable for just about every family member.
The following four spots probably aren't on your to-do list, but they make for a super, action-packed ramble, and provide chill time for the perfect picnic. Visit your local Costcutter and pack the perfect foodie feast.
Fat Bike Adventures, Wicklow
Exercise, energy, spectacular views of Guinness Lake and more - it's perfect for all ages. The Garden of Ireland has so much to offer and what better way to see it together than peddling around on that steed? Cycle through Djouce Woods, Carrick, The Murragh, Avoca or Brittas Bay on a full day trip (one to 6 hours) or half day trip (one to three hours) depending on what else you'd like to fit in. Check it all out here.
Trim Castle, Co Meath
It's the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland plus the spot where producers of the famous Braveheart movie set up filming for numerous scenes. Situated on the south bank of the River Boyne, Trim Castle boasts an incredible history - one that both older kids and adults will find riveting thanks to the terrific guided tour. Be sure to arrange this information rich visit in advance, especially in summer months.
Barrow Way, Kildare/Laois/Carlow
So you can make this a weekend adventure or cut it down to a one day trip. The 19km section from Athy to Carlow town takes around four to five hours (depending on how often you stop) and is a beautiful, peaceful spot to walk along with the family. Pack a picnic and make the most of the great outdoors. It's ideal for making a pit-stop, pull out the elderflower cordial, the yummy sandwiches and an array of nibbles from Costcutter.
If you plan on doing the 114km long Barrow Way, it begins at the riverside at Lowtown in county Kildare, heading all the way to the gorgeous monastic site and village of St Mullins in south county Carlow. Leading the way is a mix of grassy paths and gravel terrain, so biking will be incredibly comfortable and enjoyable for all. Plan ahead though if you're going for the long-haul - you'll need some cosy accommodation.
Inishowen, Co Donegal
Up by Ireland's most northerly point (Malin Head) are some of the country's most superb surf spots and beaches. Inishowen Surf School caters to all beginners and intermediates, and yes, you can totally surf in the rain ladies!
The Famine Village is a must-see and it gets rave reviews online. It's also a favourite for artists thanks to the inspiring rustic cottages dotted about. Remember, if the weather isn't looking great, you can head off to Moville Pottery studio - paint and design your own ceramics with all the family, creating something unique and memorable from that precious family day out.
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