Free Things to Do in Donegal with Kids


May 18, 2014

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As parents, we here at My KidsTime know how expensive it can be to entertain the kids, so we thought that we would put together a useful list of things to do, for free with the children – yes, ideas and activities that are completely free of charge! Here are Free Things to do in Donegal with Kids:

Walks in Donegal

Why not go for a walk, or a hike up a hill … there’s no shortage of them in Donegal!!

Whether it’s over heath or through woodland, beaches and cliffs, or spectacular hill and mountain scenery, we’ve got it all.

It doesn’t have to be difficult. Sometimes half the battle is persuading everyone to get out of the house!

Related: Family Walks Donegal 

Cycling in Donegal

Take out your bicycles and get active. Follow an established cycle trail or find an off-road route.

We like to bring our bikes to Rossnowlagh Beach but if you’re after something a bit more adventureous –  you can find other “off road” places to go here.

Don’t forget the helmets!

Go Geocaching

A modern day “Treasure – Hunt” !

Turn almost every trip into an adventure with geocaching.

Using a GPS enabled device (Global Positioning System) or an app for your smartphone will work too.

You’ll be suprised as to may treasures are hidden in Donegal. Some in places you walk by everyday !!

Related: Geocaching – A Modern Day Treasure Hunt

Donegal Beaches

We are blessed with beaches in County Donegal. Twelve of our beaches have been awarded the internationally recognised “Blue Flag”.

You don’t have to wait for the sun to come out. Head to the beach with coats, hats and wellies, if needs be, and take a walk on the shore.  Bring fishing nets and explore rock pools or fly a kite!

Mind you, it’s quite likely that the kids will want to get wet, so perhaps bring towels and a change of clothes, even if you don’t plan on swimming!

Related: Beaches in County Donegal

Make The Most of Libraries in Donegal

Make sure to check out your local library and find out what classes and events that they run throughout the year.  Your local library branch is a wonderful, free, resource for families.

All libraries host very popular, annual summer reading programmes while many of the branches run or host parent and toddler groups, storytelling sessions, arts and crafts classes, book clubs, games and activities sessions, exhibitions and so on.  Not to mention the fact that there is free computer access and the option to borrow books and DVDs!

For a change of scenery, why not visit a different library to your local branch?

Related: Libraries in County Donegal

Visit Playgrounds in Donegal

There are some great playgrounds throughout the county.  Why not print the list and aim to visit them all over time?

It’s an activity that is both free and good fun! Make sure to bring some snacks and drinks or a picnic lunch.

Related: Playgrounds in Donegal

History & Heritage in Donegal

Donegal County Museum is open all year round and displays a number of exhibitions throughout the year.

Also, on the first Wednesday of every month a number of Heritage Ireland Sites have FREE admission, why not take advantage and visit Newmills Corn & Flax Mills, just outside Letterkenny, Glebe House & Gallery near Churchill or the beautiful Donegal Castle in Donegal Town.

There are many Heritage trails to follow, Follow the Sculpture Trail in Bundoran, try Killybegs Heritage Trail or drive the Donegal Ulster Scots Heritage Trail to name a few.

National Heritage Week runs from Aug 20th – 28th and always have lots of free family events taking place throughout the county.

Related: OPW Free Days

Free Local Events

Free Entry to Finn Harps Football Matches!

Finn Harps F.C. have an exciting summer promotion which allows children under 12 years of age free entry to all their home games at Finn Park, over the summer holidays, if accompanied by an adult.

Birds of Prey Demo – Swan Park, Buncrana

Bet you didn’t know that there is a (Free) bird of prey demonstration in Butterfly Park, Swan Park, Buncrana every Wednesday from 11am-1pm during July and August?

Test your navigational skills on the Orienteering course in Swan Park, Buncranan. With 5 different maps of pathways of varying lengths and difficulty, with 39 stations, suitable for all levels and ages. Download the maps here

Olympic Posters Exhibition – Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny

Check out the Olympics Posters Exhibition at Donegal County Muesum where you’ll see posters and related memorabilla for the olympics, from, present day London 2012 right back to 1900!


Keep an eye on our Events page for updated information on regular free events taking place in County Donegal.

If you have any more good ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment in the box below


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Published On: May 18th, 2014 / Categories: Ireland, Things To Do / Last Updated: March 19th, 2021 / Tags: , , , /

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