There is nothing like heading outdoors wellies or sunscreen in tow to explore a new location or hidden gem in Ireland.
There is nothing like heading outdoors wellies or sunscreen in tow to explore a new location or hidden gem in Ireland. We have some of the most stunning nature trails suitable for all ages with some little surprises along the way including playgrounds, waterfalls and in some cases, fairy trails.
Grab yourself a picnic and discover some of these gorgeous walks that you need to try today, I promise you won't be disappointed.
1. Ardgillan Castle, Dublin
Situated in North County Dublin, an afternoon stroll at Ardgillan Castle and Demesne might surprise you considering it is free to explore and it's breathtaking panoramic views. With lots of trees to climb and explore, a fairy trail, rose gardens, dog-friendly cafe, walled and ornamental gardens and of course, the state of the art playground overlooking the Irish see, this is one gorgeous walk to pop on your bucket list.
2. Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny
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Known as a multi-activity park, Castlecomer is another hidden gem waiting to be explored. Located at this stunning natural environment is a stunning wooden playground and a must-see elf and fairy village waiting to be discovered on its beautiful 6km walking trail. On site, there are lots of activities for a small charge including tree top walking, zip wires, pedal boats, high rope challenges and a low-risk Junior Woodland Adventure Course perfect for smaller kids. The park is buggy friendly with toilets and a cafe located near the entrance and some animals can be spotted along the route.
3. Glendalough, Wicklow
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One of the many wonders of Ireland and a top tourist attraction with thousands flocking by daily to catch a glimpse. Glendalough is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement that was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin which still stands tall today. The valley stretches over 3km both child and buggy friendly and the extensive ruins of Glendalough include several churches and a 30-metre high round tower. It's an active educational day out full of exploration for both big and small and near the carpark is a gorgeous wooden playground for the small ones. We recommend you bring along a bucket and spade and a delicious packed lunch because you won't want to leave.
4. Tourmakeady Nature Trail & Waterfall, Mayo
An absolute gem of a walk and buggy friendly too although we do recommend a good sturdy buggy. This scenic and peacefully bliss forest is located in the heart of An Ghaeltacht in Tourmakeady. As you near the end of the 3-mile route you will be greeted with a majestic waterfall - it is almost like a reward for completing the trail. It's a must-see.
5. Stairway to Heaven, Fermanagh
Before we start, this is not buggy friendly so we recommend it for old kids, think tweens and teens. It is without a doubt one of best walks in Ireland which lies on the border between Fermanagh and Cavan. It is a 6-7 hour loop walking route so you may not do it all but it is definitely one for the bucket list. It is perfect for cyclists, bird watchers, budding photographers and for anyone interested in geology. One of the highlights on a good weather day is being able to see the 360-degree views of Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo, Tyrone, Donegal and Roscommon.
Do you have any recommendations for gorgeous walks around Ireland? If so, we would love to know. Tell us in the comments.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8. A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie's love include coffee, doughnuts, travel and sharing every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her on Instagram.