Best Outdoor Spots for Families in Longford


With the unpredictability of Irish weather we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can.  So here's some of the best places in Longford to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.

The Mall 

One of our favourite picnic spots.  We'll head to The Mall for a snack and a play at the playground in the town park with leisure centre and all amenities nearby.  I would recommend it for older kids.

Lough Gowna

Pack up the kids, the picnic basket, the dog, the kitchen sink and head to Dring Shore on Lough Gowna for a lovely picnic.  There's also a nice shore at Dernaferst.

Related: The Best Picnic Places for Families in Longford

The Royal Canal

For a fun family walk, try a section of the Royal Canal Way.  You could see a few boats now that it's fully navigable between Clondra and Dublin. 

The Canal passes through many towns and villages, including Ballymahon and Abbeyshrule.

Derrycassin Woods

The Derrycassin Woods beside Mullinalaghta Football Pitch has a selection of wooded trails

Edenmore Bog Walk

The Bog Walk near Ballinamuck is a family favourite to head out for some fresh air.

Related: Great Family Walks in Longford

Newtowncashel and Lanesborough

If you are looking for somewhere to take the kids cycling in Longford, you won't find any marked cycle routes in Longford, though there are many pleasant back roads to choose from for a spin on the bike.

It's quite a flat county, especially to the west and the Lough Ree floodplain. Try Newtowncashel or Lanesborough as a convenient starting point. 

Related: Top Ten Things to Do in Longford

Lough Ree and the Shannon

There is plenty to see and do around Lough Ree and the Shannon.

Drumlish Playground

On the Ballinamuck Road, Drumlish Playground behind the old mill has swings and a nice slide for little ones and a zip line for the more adventurous. 

Related: Playgrounds in Longford

Article written by Isla, Mykidstime Longford

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