Outdoor Activities For Kids: 10 Great Family Walks in Ireland

Jill Holtz

August 13, 2013

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Kids going stir crazy in the house? Looking for ideas for outdoor activities for kids? Get the outdoor gear on and head out for a family walk! Here are 10 great family walks around Ireland:

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#1. Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum

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Woodstock Gardens & Arboretum at Inistioge in Kilkenny provide a mixture of formal and informal gardens to stroll around.

The arboretum contains many specimen trees, the walled garden is abundant with flowers and vegetables.

Enjoy strolling through the yew walk, rose garden, Monkey Puzzle Avenue and Noble Fir Avenue. Picnic tables, a playground tea rooms,  and toilet facilities.

(Please note: €4 car parking fee, payable on exit.)

#2. Emo Park & Gardens

Emo Park & Gardens is set in the village of Emo between Portlaoise and Portarlington with both formal and informal gardens, walks, picnic tables, public toilets, lake and the imposing Emo Court House.

#3. Altamont Gardens


Altamont Gardens, near Tullow, Co Carlow, are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens. Lovely lawns, floral beds and beautiful woodland go down to the river Slaney. Toilets, picnic tables, Car & coach park, Restricted wheelchair access. Open daily 9am to 7.30pm

#4. The Iveagh Gardens

We love the Iveagh Gardens, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. A hidden gem right in the centre of Dublin city.

#5. Hazelwood

Just 3km from Sligo Town, Hazelwood is a lovely forest walk along the shores of Lough Gill with a good looped trail of about 3km. Most of it buggy friendly (you may have to pick up buggy in a couple of spots though, but it’s manageable). Lots of sculptures along the way too to look out for!

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#6. The Railway Walk

The Railway Walk, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow runs along part of the original train track from Woodenbridge to Shillelagh, alongside the Derry River and through pretty farmland.  2.3km in length, the walk has some picnic tables along the way, and a clearly defined path suitable for wheelchairs and sturdy buggies.

Dogs must be kept leashed.  The Railway Walk terminates at Tomnafinnoge Woods. There is car parking at both ends of the Railway Walk.

#7. JFK Arboretum

John F Kennedy Arboretum, in New Ross, Wexford has a playground, labyrinth forest walks and cafe.

#8. Belleek Woods

Belleek Woods in Ballina, Co. Mayo is a great place for a family walk! The Belleek Woods Nature Trail is about 4km long and takes around 1.5hrs. You will see lots of nature, historical sites, and beautiful trees and foliage. The trail begins at the car park, 2km from Ballina on the road to Killala.

#9. Donadea Forest

Donadea Forest in Co. Kildare. Lovely woodland walk with lake and picnic spots. Small tea-rooms for refreshments.

#10. Renville Park


Walk, or cycle in Renville Park, Oranmore, Co Galway. Paved walks suitable for new buggies and bikes brought by Santa, woodland walk for exploring and a lovely playground within the old walled garden.

It’s right on the seashore so you can do some beachcombing while you’re there or have a picnic at one of the picnic benches if it’s warm enough.

Here are lots more suggestions for places to go for family walks around the country:


If you have a favourite family walk location that you’d like us to share with other parents, let us know in the comments below

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