Best outdoor spots for families in Tipperary

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

Marl Bog, Dundrum

Marl Bog A 1.9km (1.2mile) gravelled walk around a lake (with brown trout). There are swans and ducks on the lake, a picnic area at the entrance to the wood.  Marl Bog is a wildlife and wildfowl reserve.  Mammals here include; fallow deer, fox, badger, red squirrel, Irish stoat, otter and mink.  There is also a large diversity of birdlife. A great day out.


Castlelough – is on the banks of Lough Derg, off the R494 west of Nenagh in North Tipperary, 5km from Portroe village.It features a picnic site, walking trail and stunning viewing points. A great time to see the beautiful display of bluebells is during the months of May and June.  There are a number of picnic tables to be found on the green that are ideal for some alfresco dining whilst looking at the scenic views of Lough Derg and the Arra mountains. If you have some food left over the swans have been know to come up to the picnic tables for any offerings. This hidden gem is well worth a visit.

Glen of Aherlow 

Glen of Aherlow -The name ‘Aherlow’ is derived from the Irish, ‘eathralach’ meaning between two highlands. The highlands referred to are the Slievenamuck where the car park is situated with excellent views of the Galtee Mountains across the valley. Slievenamuck is said to be named after a great pig slain there by Fionn MacCumhail. The area is also said to have been completely covered in oak woods through which roamed herds of wild pigs. These woods were cut down in the 17th century for use in tanning and shipbuilding. 

Family Walk 3.3 kilometres (2 miles). Climb 130 metres (400 feet). Walking time 75 minutes
From the Upper Car Park walk southwards downhill along the tar road for 1.1 kilometres until you reach CHRIST THE KING STATUE near the Lower Car Park. You then follow the route from here back to the Upper Car Park via the Old Coach Road as described above in the Classic Walk.

Nenagh Cycle Trail

Well known routes include trails starting in Nenagh heading out to destinations like Terryglass and Cloughjordan. In south Tipp, there are some fantastic cycle journeys beginning in Carrick-on-Suir. These routes are probably more suited to teens. Nearby Portumna Woods and Curragh Chase Forest Park in Limerick have cycling trails to suit occasional and young cyclists. 

Lough Derg

Even though we are an inland county, Tipperary has a long tradition in water sports and the provision of water sports facilities. Situated beside Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s largest lakes and in close proximity to the River Shannon, there is a wide range of water sports and angling options in Tipperary.

Borrisokane Playground

Borrisokane Playground  – An excellent modern playground, with swings, slides, bridges and benches for us too!  Parking is available.There's something for everyone.

Cashel Playground

Cashel (Upper Friar Street) Playground – Another excellent playground, you can soak up the history of The Rock of Cashel and then enjoy the park. Suitable for all ages and also has basketball court.

Do you have a favourite outdoor place to go with the kids in Tipperary?  Tell us about it  in the comments below.

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