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Top Ten Free Activities For Kids

Fun doesn’t have to cost a thing. Especially when you are surrounded by the activity-filled shores of Lough Derg. Connecting the counties of Tipperary, Galway and Clare, the lake has a great selection of places to visit and things to do that won’t cost a penny. So why not make a break for the lake and enjoy 10 of our favourite free things to keep smallies occupied?

Birdhill’s Children’s Park

Birdhill’s Children’s Park

Your little ones deserve a treat. I we have a very special treat today. Take them to the oasis of calm that is Birdhill’s children’s park; this little woodland park …
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Gruffalo hunting in Portumna Forest Park

Gruffalo hunting in Portumna Forest Park

Go Gruffalo hunting in Portumna Forest Park. With sculptures set against a forest park backdrop, smallies can hunt for their favourite Gruffalo character. There are also birdwatching, leisure cycling and …
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Terryglass Woods Trail

Terryglass Woods Trail

Why not choose from an easy stroll around the little woods trail in Terryglass to the more strenuous Slieve Aughty in East Galway. When you ‘Take A Hike’ around Lough …
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Foraging on the Birdhill Trail

Foraging on the Birdhill Trail

Go wild foraging on the Birdhill Trail. This waymarked walk has signage highlighting the herbs and wild foods that grow in abundance along it, so bring scissors and take home …
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Portumna Castle and Gardens

Portumna Castle and Gardens

Built in the early 1600s, Portumna Castle’s elaborate gardens include a geometric formal garden, a rose garden and a walled kitchen garden. You could wander around these glorious grounds or …
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Lake Fishing

Lake Fishing

Why not go worm searching, pick up a rod and then head to one of the many boardwalks around the lake? While away the hours casting a line and just …
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Wander through Mountshannon Maze

Wander through Mountshannon Maze

Wander through Mountshannon Maze. This impressive structure incorporates timber, stone and foliage and takes little folks and big folks through an informative exploration of Irish spirituality over the course of …
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Blue Flag Beaches

Blue Flag Beaches

Enjoy a dip. Lough Derg has two Blue Flag beaches: Twomilegate and Mountshannon. Twomilegate lakeside amenity park is a safe place for swimming and a good spot for a picnic …
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Paddling trails on Lough Derg

Paddling trails on Lough Derg

There are 21 paddling trails on Lough Derg’s tranquil channels. Combined, they add up to a whopping 160km of watery routes that are all ready to be explored. Each section …
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Visit the Brian Boru Fort

Visit the Brian Boru Fort

Visit the Brian Boru Fort, located north of Killaloe. This massive ring fort was the seat of Brian Boru who was one of the most famous High Kings of Ireland. …
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Playgrounds near Lough Derg

Playgrounds near Lough Derg

Some of the playgrounds around the scenic shores of Lough Derg have fabulous settings close to the lakeshore. Choose from picturesque playtime in the villages of Mountshannon, Ballina, Dromineer, Scarriff, …
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