There’s nothing like a nice long stroll in the countryside – it will put colour in your cheeks and tire out the kids! Make it even more fun by incorporating some nature activities or making a treasure trail for youngsters to follow… Here are some ideal places for Family Walks in Meath:
#1. Balrath Wood
Visit Balrath Wood on the Kentstown Road outside Navan and avail of free car parking, picnic tables and playgrounds at this lovely wooded amenity.
#2. Dalgan Park
Another place that we like to visit (and it’s suitable for buggies) is Dalgan Park, which is located just outside Navan on the old Dublin Road.
#3. Loughcrew Cairns
North Meath boasts the magical spot that is Loughcrew Cairns. It’s a bit of a steep hike though, so it’s not suitable for buggies or small children. Older kids will enjoy the climb – and it is worth it for the great views from the top of the hill!
#4. Mullaghmeen Forest
Also near Oldcastle is the fabulous Mullaghmeen Forest – which boasts over 1,000 acres to explore and has walks to suit various abilities and ages.
#5. Loughcrew Gardens
There is a small charge applicable to visit Loughcrew Gardens, but it is worth it as it’s a lovely place to explore, complete with six acres of walks and water features. You can enjoy a reviving cuppa and home-made scone in the coffee shop afterwards too!
#6. Kells Girley Eco Bog Walk
One of our favourite places to visit as a family is the Kells Girley Eco Bog Walk, which is located a few miles outside Kells on the Mullingar Road.
Again, this is one that is more suited to older children – who will love the diversity of the flora and fauna on display.
Remember that it is a Bog and therefore tends to be pretty boggy at certain times of the year. Old clothes and wellies are the way to go!
#7. Sonairte Nature Trail
There is also a small entry charge to avail of the facilities at Sonairte – the Ecology Centre near Laytown – but again it is worth a wander around their nature trail and riverside walk.
#8. Hill of Tara
One of Meath’s most famous landmarks is the Hill of Tara – and it’s a place that is steeped in magic and mystery. There are guided tours available at certain times of the year, but access to the Hill is open all year around. Parking is free and there is a coffee shop and audio-visual facilities on site.
#9. Bettystown Beach, Laytown Beach or Mornington Beach
Beachcombing is a fun family activity that you can take part in all year around – just dress accordingly for the weather! Why not pop over to East Meath and make the most of the lovely beaches at Bettystown, Laytown or Mornington?
#10. Slane sights: Battle of the Boyne, Hill of Slane and Hungry Hall Park
The Slane region also boasts its fair share of interesting places to visit with good walks, including the Battle of the Boyne site, the Hill of Slane and Hungry Hall Park.
Article written by Linda, mum of 2, from Meath.
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