Although our weather can be, well let’s just say ‘changeable’, we’re fortunate to have tons of amazing outdoor places in Ireland to visit. From gigantic prehistoric dolmens and waterfalls to forest parks and beaches, when you think what’s on our doorstep in our beautiful country, it’s just fabulous!
We’ve picked out a few favourite spots to get active and outdoors with the kids. We hope you enjoy planning some days out and family walks.
Family-Friendly Outdoor Places in Leinster
Brownshill Dolmen, Carlow
© Brian Morrison Tourism Ireland
The Brownshill Dolmen is a magnificent capstone made of granite, apparently one of the heaviest in Europe. An enormous slab sits on two portal stones which flank a door stone. Its date of construction has been estimated at around 5,000 years ago and experts believe religious rites were performed at the site.
It’s located on Hacketstown Road not far from Carlow town. The walk from the small car park (free) is surrounded by fields and is a pleasant walk. Kids will enjoy exploring in and around the Dolmen.
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Stephenstown Pond Nature Park, Louth
Stephenstown Pond in Knockbridge, Dundalk is a lovely nature park with lots to do with the whole family. There are walks by the lake and through the woods, a large playground and many areas for picnics.
There’s a pond with ducks and they also have a kids nature quiz where they can learn about the wildlife in the park. Car park (€2 on exit) and café on site.
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Clara Bog, Offaly
Clara Bog is perhaps the best remaining example of midland raised bog in Western Europe. It has been said that you can experience 10,000 years of history in the ten square miles that accommodate Clara Bog.
Clara Bog Visitor Centre & Nature Reserve boardwalk, which meanders through Clara Bog Nature Reserve, is located a two minute drive from the Clara Bog Visitor Centre. The boardwalk is a 1km looped walk on Clara Bog.
Admission to the boardwalk and Clara Bog Visitor Centre. It’s recommended to wear sturdy footwear for the boardwalk.
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