Family Activity Trails in Ireland
National Famine Way Passport
The National Famine Way is an outdoor experience that marks the poignant story of emigration in Ireland during the Famine in 1847. This digitally and physically waymarked 167km national trail connects the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, County Roscommon with Rowan Gillespie’s Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin, along the banks of the Royal Canal.
The trail is accessible for families, casual walkers and cyclists, allowing you to set your own pace or complete the route over several visits.
When you order your National Famine Way Pack, you will receive personalised ticket with the name of a family who made the trip in 1847, as well as a passport to stamp along your route.
Don’t forget to present your stamped passport when you arrive in Dublin at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and receive your Certificate of Completion. Also, discover what became of your family group on their journey in 1847.
Activity Trails at Fota House and Gardens, Cork
There are several fun nature trails for kids to enjoy at Fota House and Gardens including:
- Junior Plant Hunters Activity Trail collect your activity book and take the trail to discover everything there is to see and do in the gardens and arboretum. A fun way to spend a morning or afternoon discovering nature.
- Little Explorers Trail around the gardens and arboretum to explore the wonders of nature.
- Plant Hunters Tree Trail is a trail to identify rare and unusual species at Fota. It is a free-ranging trail suitable for families with older kids and teens and adults.
Family Quest and Activity Tree Trail at Powerscourt, Wicklow
Powerscourt House and Gardens offers an amazing day out with the family. There is so much to see, do and discover including some fun family trails.
The trees at Powerscourt have been planted over the past two centuries and there are now hundreds of varieties for visitors to enjoy. Today they look quite familiar, but in the 19th century they were mostly new and exotic trees, collected from the Americas and all over the world.
Powerscourt boasts many wonderful tree species including Douglas-Firs, Corsican Pines, Giant Redwoods, Atlantic Cedars, Noble Firs and countless more. While you are taking a walk with the family, get the kids spotting the different trees and identifying them from the leaves!
There are also a selection of free audio tours available at Powerscourt. They are available in many different languages to download, via an app, to your smartphone in advance of your visit.
We have done the Family Action Quest Tour. This tour has 8 stops around the estate and takes between 60 – 90 minutes to complete. Although you will have to build in a bit of extra time for exploration along the way!