The Garden County is spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities and places to visit with our children. We have put together this guide for you with some of our ideas on what you can do while school is out or for when leaping through that window of opportunity when we're lucky enough to experience a dry spell! Here are some suggestions for the best outdoor spots for families in Wicklow.
Avondale House & Forest Park
Combine an educational day out (birthplace of Charles Stewart Parnell) with a fun day out – forest walks, cafe and a playground to keep all the family happy. Avondale House & Forest Park is just outside Rathdrum and so close to many other facilities, which makes it an excellent day trip – Greenan Farm to mention one.
The Meeting of the Waters
In Avoca, the Meeting of the Waters is a spot of such beauty that it inspired a famous Irish Melody by Thomas Moore.
The Sean Linehan Walk
The Sean Linehan Walk in Tinnakilly Bridge is a lovely walk in the picturesque, historic village of Aughrim. It has a number of short walks available, the longest being 4km, which are more suitable for little legs. It's also a great place to observe nature, though some of the route is unsuitable for buggies.
Powercourt Waterfall is a wonderful place to be on a summer day. With a playground, cafe and icecreams, walks, bbq facilities and picnic benches, it is easy to lose track of time here.
The Bray-Greystones Cliff Walk
The Bray-Greystones Cliff Walk is a stunning walk with unique views. My 3 year old managed this one on foot, although we had brought a back carrier just in case. It's just over 6km long.
The Old Railway Walk
The Old Railway Walk in Tinahely is a safe, quiet spot to take the family and stretches 2.7km in length.
Related: Great Family Walks in Wicklow
Bring the bike on part of the Blessington Lakes (Poulaphouca Reservoir) loop. The views are unrivaled.
Brittas Bay & Greystones
While some of the beaches are recommended for different things like a blue flag, amenities like toilets etc, some beaches are just amazing stretches of sand.
Even stony beaches have a lot to offer, being great places for rock pooling, skimming stones and in some cases rock climbing.
Be sure to include Maghermore (Blainroe), Johnsons Beach & Ennereilly Beach (Arklow) on your list of beaches to visit this year, not to mention Ireland's longest established seaside town, Bray, for a 99 & a visit to the amusements.
One of our favourite discoveries has to be Ballynerrin in Wicklow Town. This playground has two sections for older and younger children and has a football pitch, basket ball pitch etc. It is in a residential area but there is still plenty of parking to be had.
Related: Playgrounds in Wicklow
Finally, if you're looking for a good place to fly a kite – head to the beach! Just be sure to stay away from any that are close to the rail line & overhead wires. Also, Black castle, Wicklow Town, even had a kite flying contest in 2011. It's a perfect location to catch the breeze.
Article written by Tríona from Greystones
Do you have a favourite outdoor place to go with the kids in Wicklow? Tell us about it in the comments below.