With all the vagaries of the Irish weather, we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can. So here are some of the best places in Meath to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the Royal County.
Best Picnic Places
This lovely gem, Balrath Wood, is situated near Kentstown, approximately 10km from Navan. It has a range of nature walks, free parking, playground areas and picnic tables.
With over 1,000 acres to explore and some 14 miles of routes to suit various abilities, as well as picnic spots, it's easy to while away an afternoon at Mullaghmeen Forest in North Meath.
Fun Family Walks
Kells Girley Eco Bog Walk
The Kells Girley Eco Bog Walk is such a magical spot – possibly one of our favourite places! It is located (and signposted) about 7km out the N52 Kells to Mullingar Road and is a truly unique walk that makes for a great day out with older children. It is a Waymarked Loop Walk that is 5.6km long. The flora and fauna on display is amazing in its diversity. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water. Note: not suitable for buggies.
Another magical place, Loughcrew Cairns is an ancient burial grounds located near Oldcastle. Again, it is more suitable for older children as there's a bit of a hike to get up the hill, but the views from the top are so worth it!
Related: Fun Family Walks in Meath
Good Spots for Cycling
We have plenty of flat spots in Meath, so it's a good county for cyclists! Here is a useful link for some ideas on routes and places to bring bikes.
There are over 6km of walks in this lovely park, Dalgan Park, just outside Navan, as well as woods to explore and a riverside walk beside the River Boyne. The main looped walk is very accessible for buggies, wheelchairs or bicycles. Keep in mind that Dalgan is the workplace of the Columban brothers, so do pay attention to the signs and follow the rules. It is also a nature reserve.
Playgrounds and Parks
Two of my favourite playgrounds in Meath are:
This lovely facility is located on the Collon Road. It features three sets of climbing equipment, five spring rockets, one seesaw, two merry go rounds, six swings and one slide.
Dunboyne Playground & Skate Park
This community amenity includes two sets of climbing equipment, one spring rocket, one seesaw, one merry go round, four swings and one slide. The Skate Park is suitable for ages 10 years and up.
Related: Playgrounds in County Meath
Good Places to Fly Kites
Beaches are great spots for a bit of kite flying, as well as a host of other enjoyable activities! We are not blessed in abundance with coastline in County Meath, but what we lack in quantity we make up for in quality.
Related: Free Things To Do In Meath
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