Healthy Easter Activities For All The Family
With colder weather (hopefully) behind us, the Easter break is a perfect opportunity to bond as a family, while enjoying all the great Irish outdoors has to offer. And your adventure needn’t break the bank either; our compact little island is home to a whole host of stunning natural landscapes and idyllic looped walks. As well as being amazing to look at, they’re perfect for families who’d prefer a healthy alternative to being cooped up indoors all week. So, whether you fancy a fun overnight trip or week-long family excursion, here’s our favourite Irish haunts for alternative, healthy Easter family activities…
The Garden of Ireland
Affectionately known as the ‘Garden of Ireland’, Wicklow has lots to offer fun-loving families. Gorgeous natural attractions like the sweeping valley of Glendalough and Powerscourt’s waterfall are perfect playgrounds for kids and parents alike, while (if your children are a little older), the majestic Sugar Loaf’s peak offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Mums and dads will love the charming villages like Enniskerry and Delgany, while kids won’t want to miss the Easter Egg Hunt on the sprawling grounds of Kilruddery House & Gardens on Easter Sunday and Monday.
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Dolphin Spotting in Dingle
Home to some of the country’s most breath-taking landscapes is Kerry in the south-west of the country. From the port town of Dingle on the rugged Dingle Peninsula, families can visit local attractions like scenic Slea Head, or take a ferry to the Great Blasket Island, once inhabited by a close-knit fishing community. Of course, the real highlight of a trip to Dingle is a chance to meet the town’s beloved celeb, Fungie the dolphin! Regular boat trips take visitors out to sea, where this friendly character is known to pop up and say hello.
A Northern Adventure
Donegal is another truly magical Irish region, home to soaring mountains, hidden beaches and remote islands. Adventurous adults and older kids can try their hand at surfing in the lively town of Bundoran, while Ballymastocker Bay – once voted the second most beautiful beach in the world by the Observer – is perfect for a bracing family walk. Lush, green Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the sweeping Derryveagh Mountains, while right at the tip of the country is wild and windswept Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.
Those are just a few Irish locations perfect for a healthy outdoor family adventure, but remember, the country is full of hidden gems, just waiting to be explored. Have a wonderful Easter, wherever you end up!