#3. Portumna Forest Park Loop Walk, Galway
Perfect for a family walk says Mum Denise as the paths are wide, mostly flat and there is timber boardwalk in places. It winds through the trees and along the way there is a great wooden viewing deck overlooking the shores of Lough Derg. From the deck, you can see some of the islands on the lake and get a sense of the size of the lake too. On the way back to the car park, you will pass the duck pond, so be sure to pack some oats to feed the ducks on your family walk.
Length & Difficulty: Approx 1.5km, short and easy with good access for buggies.
Top Tip: Stop in for a visit to Portumna Castle after you have finished your walk and visit the kitchen garden and the castle.
#4. Bianconi Loop, Tipperary
A firm favourite with the O’Dwyer family, the Bianconi Loop in the Glen of Aherlow will take you right back to nature as you pass by forest tracks and some minor roads. The track is named after Italian, Charles Bianconi, who ran a horse drawn carriage service for post and passengers that passed through the forest in the 1800’s on a journey from the Glen of Aherlow to Tipperary Town. The trail is marked from the Christ the King statue in the Glen of Aherlow.
Length & Difficulty: 4km, the terrain is easy to walk along but you will need to descend some wooden steps to get to the trail.
Did you know that Coillte Ireland have over 3000kms of marked tracks making up 250+ walks through forests, greenways, national parks and along towpaths?
#5. Devil’s Bit Mountain, Tipperary
Legend tells us that the devil took a bite out of the mountain and broke a tooth which now stands at the Rock of Cashel. You can access the walking routes from the Devil’s Bit car park in Templemore. There is a bit of a climb involved, but it is worth it when you get to the top says the Daly family. Get ready to experience amazing views across the surrounding countryside.
Length & Difficulty: 5km if you follow the purple arrows. There is a bit of climbing involved but it is suitable for all members of the family.