Day trips and fun days out in Limerick – Kilkornan
Kilkornan is just 15 minutes outside Limerick on the West side has ample to offer families for a fun day out.
Kilkornan Karting is just off the main road before you turn for Curragh Chase. You can take a quick 15 minute “arrive and drive” session or the full Grand Prix. It offers an excellent challenge to beginner and expert alike. Unfortunately kids must be 10 (for insurance purposes) before they can use the karts but there are small carts available which I think would keep kids up to the age of 6 happy. My DS was dissappointed as he is 8 and thought the small karts babyish and wanted to go on the big karts. We will be back when he is 10.
Stonehall Visitors and Petting Farm
Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Limerick http://www.stonehallvisitorfarm.com/index.htm
We were the first to arrived early on Sunday morning . Curious Andy the Llama was waiting at the gate to greet us and wondering where all the visitors were. He was not put out for too long as more people arrived and off he went to his inside view of his farm to check what the people were up to.
There is a lovely walk around the farm which is surrounded with nature trails along which you will find many wild flowers & native trees & fauna. On the walk you can view potbelly pig, turkeys and birds, owls, ponies, emus and baby emus, goats and red deer. Peacocks roam the grounds and hens and cocks are perched anywhere.
Some of their rarer residents include Alapacs, Llama, Emus, Ostrich, Parrots, & Eurasian Eagle owl named Scooter! as well as the well known pets Chinchillas, rabbits, goats, chipmunks, Pigs, sheep, ponies, mice & a wide variety of birds.
The are two play areas an outdoor playarea and an fantastic indoor playarea , bouncy castle and petting area where the staff are constantly on hand and actively show the kids the animals to pet. There rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, white rats, squirrels, chipmunks, love birds, cockatiels, canaries, budgies, parrots and macaws.
New attractions are the baby emus, kittens and poor Bubbles the potbelly pig who lost his mum and who has to be bottle fed every two hours.
Facilities: Picnic Area / Tea Rooms
Relax in our picnic areas or take afternoon tea in our purpose built Tea Rooms where teas, coffees are served daily. You are welcome to bring your own picnic & have it in our Tea Rooms or picnic areas. The farm is wheelchair friendly and many groups go out to visit it.
Curragh Chase Forest Park
Just down the road from the petting farm is Curragh Chase Forest Park. The park cover 313 hectares of mixed woodlands, park land and lakes which together provide a rich habitat for a diverse range of animals and plants.
There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling.
There are picnic sites and table, BBQ area, 2 playground areas. There is also a Caravan and Camping Park.
Parking fee €5 or €30 Annual Admittance Card – to purchase, call 087 9955363 or please forward your name, address and a cheque for €30 to Eileen O’Keeffe, Coillte, Unit 5 Castletroy Business Park, Castletroy, Limerick.
Have a lovely day trip and fun day out – we did.