Things for Teenagers and Older Kids to do in Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim

Jill Holtz

March 21, 2014

Lough Key

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Are you looking for activities for teenagers? Need some ideas for tweens? Here’s our Mykidstime pick of Things to do for Teenagers and Older Kids in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo & Roscommon.

Outdoor Activities

Lough Key Forest & Activity Park

There’s so much to see and do at Lough Key Forest & Activity Park!  You can spend fun filled hours experiencing the quests in the energetic Boda Borg, a weather independent activity divided into 15 Quests which contain up to 47 individual challenges. To survive the Quests you will need to employ many different skills such as teamwork, ingenuity and trial and error! Minimum of 3 people per team & maximum 5. Pre-Booking recommended!!

Allow yourself to be taken back in time as you are guided through the 19thcentury servant tunnels by the Game Keeper on the Lough Key Experience. Swing through the trees with Zipit Forest Adventures.  Let the stunning views from the top of the Moylurg Viewing Tower take your breath away and get lost among the foliage as Irelands only Tree Canopy Walkway gently rises through the trees.

westport houseWestport House 

Westport House’s Adventure Activity Centre offers a range of activities including zorbing, zip wire, archery, orienteering, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, laser combat games, laser clay pigeon shooting.

Activities are provided by The Adventure Islands and Adventure West, with good attention to safety for all the activities.

Great Western Greenway

The Great Western Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland.  Stretching 42km, the Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. With plenty to see and do en route.

It is recommended that a hybrid bicycle be used on this trail. Bike rental is available at a few places along the route.

Coillte Forest Parks

There are two Coillte Forest Parks in the North West, Ards Forest Park in Donegal and Lough Key Forest Park in Roscommon (see above).

Ards Forest Park in Donegal, situated 5km north of Creeslough on the N56.

The sea is one of the real treasures of this forest park and there are several trails, the Binngorm trail, the Salt Marsh Trail and the Sand Dune Trail, which offer an opportunity to experience it in all its facets.



Fun Freedom and Adventure Activity camps are held at Baysports in Hodson Bay each weekday (Monday to Friday) during the months of July and August, and also during school holidays such as Halloween and Easter.

Gaining control of a small sailing boat or paddling your own kayak can provide a sense of accomplishment, independence and freedom which is not unlike that gained when learning to cycle a bike for the first time.

Participants will ‘cast-off’ on a mini-adventure, exploring the waters of Hodson Bay Lough Ree, where wind water, waves, spills and splashes will all contribute to a fun water based experience on Lough Ree.

Hill walking at Sliabh An Iarainn

Aghacashel, the starting point for most of the Sliabh An Iarainn Hill walks in Leitrim is situated between Drumshanbo and Ballinamore.  Walking Wild Irelands have a downloadable brochure with great walks in Leitrim & Roscommon & Cavan.

Indoor Activities

Bowling at The Mulvey Centre

The Mulvey Centre in Carrick on Shannon has ten pin bowling, a unique castle-themed, multi-level play centre, a well equipped arcade and a separate pool table area.

Vertigo @ Funny Bones

Vertigo @ Funny Bones in Sligo has a unique adventure zone for older children.

There’s a specially built 6 meter climbing wall and high ropes adventure course.

They also have a Hurricane simulator to try out.

Go Karting and Laser fun also available.

Tropical World at Alcorn’s

Tropical World is Donegal’s very own family friendly mini zoo! As well as an already impressive array of tropical Butterflies, Reptiles and Birds, new additions this year include Cotton Top Monkeys, Lemars and Meerkats. Three forty-year old Sociata Tortoises and ‘Gordon’, a Great Grey Owl have also joined the collection of pampered animals in Tropical World, so plenty to see and do while you are there.

History & Culture

Arigna Mining Experience

The Arigna Mining Experience in Roscommon is a great place for teens & older kids with a 45-minute underground tour, complete with sound and lighting effects for an authentic mining experience.

Acclaimed travel writer Pol O’Conghaile describes the underground tour as ‘world class’.

The tour and centre are fully accessible and is an all weather activity. You don’t need boots or equipment, but a cardigan or jacket are advisable for the tour.

Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina is home to some amazing items including an original 1916 Proclamation of Independence, the tricolor cockade taken from the hat of Wolfe Tone by his captors in 1798 as well as many incredible documents that offer a first-hand account of some of the most significant periods throughout the last four centuries of Irish history.

Cutting edge technology like touch screen displays and audio visual effects are combined with fascinating interpretive film footage that gives the visitor an intimate sense of the collector himself and helps to bring the artefacts displayed and the history they represent to life.

Museum of Country Life

Award winning museum set in the grounds of Turlough Park near Castlebar, the Museum of Country Life brings to life the traditions of rural life throughout Ireland from 1850–1950 with programmes and events for all ages.

From festivals to farming, find out more about the objects, people, and places in the Museum waiting to be discovered.

Test your knowledge and map skills on a Treasure Hunt, check out 19th century country fashion, divine for water or find out about the traditions around love and marriage.

King House 

king house boyleFormer home to the Earls of Kingston, King House in Boyle was a military barracks for the Connaught Rangers Regiment of the British Army, and later for the Irish Army. It is now home to the Boyle Civic Collection, widely considered as one of the finest collections of contemporary Irish paintings and sculptures.

Marvel at the grandeur, savour the magnificence of the period rooms, or just have fun exploring our interpretive exhibitions designed for all ages. Writing with a quill and ink or building a brick vault are just some of the many things to do, and a tour of King House would not be complete without a visit to the cold and forbidding jail cells!

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