Outdoor Activities for School Holidays
Start making plans for mid-term and Easter in the Lough Derg Lakelands
When School’s out its Family Time
This Easter inevitably families will be looking for some things to do with their children – especially if they’ve been indoors a lot this winter. The Lough Derg Lakelands region offers lots to do get some air into your lungs shake off the cobwebs and get some well needed outdoor time.
One of the more exhilarating experiences near the lake is Bike Park Ireland. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or a pro, riding these trails will get your adrenalin pumping. With six downhill trails to choose from along with bikes and equipment to hire, Bike Park Ireland can easily fill the day. There’s also a café on site so you don’t need to go far to get a hearty meal to fuel you up again. Family packages are available – please note: they do not have bicycles for children under 8 years old. Visit their website for rates and hours.
Another great place to explore is Portumna Forest Park. Just out the outskirts of Portumna, in Co. Galway, the forest park is great for everyone in the family, including the dog (as long as they remain on a leash). With ten kilometers of trails, on 4 different looped trails, this park is ideal not only for walkers but also cyclists. Keep an eye out for red squirrels that make the forest their home and if you are lucky you might also see a badger or a fox. For directions to the park and a map of the trails, please visit their site: http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/
Get on the water with My Next Adventure who offer guided tours of the historic twin towns of Ballina Killaloe from the water paddling your own kayak.
If your children are younger and perhaps not up for a lot of bicycling or walking, why not take them to one of the many playgrounds around the lake. In Mountshannon, Co. Clare there is a rustic play area and a creative maze – which is fun for children and parents alike. The maze has been designed as a pathway or pilgrimage through time. In Killaloe, near the town pool, there is a spacious playground and along the banks of the River Shannon south of the bridge, there are also some outdoor exercise machines. A new addition is a playground in Castle Lough with a castle to climb in but there are also playgrounds in other nearby villages including Garrykennedy, Dromineer, Borrisokane and Terryglass. Nenagh has the town park, located next the Nenagh Leisure Centre and Abbey Court Hotel and an easy walk from town.