- Something for all the family
The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark in Waterford gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that lie at its heart. It is made up of twenty-five kilometres of spectacular coastline including scalloped beaches and coves and rocky headlands.
Oceans, volcanoes, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks, which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the Copper Coast. The Geopark has a fantastic visitor’s centre and a range of well sign-posted walking trails that are suitable for all levels.
The Galtee Mountains in Tipperary are a hill walker’s paradise, and it’s easy to see why. Start at the Glen of Aherlow, which has a range of mapped walking trails, which traverse across forest tracks and open moorland. There are eight looped walks on Slievenamuck and two linear walks in the Galtee Mountains, and most are suitable for the whole family.
Kids come first
Let’s talk truth, shall we? A family holiday is no holiday at all unless the kids are entertained, and there are ready cups of something warm and comforting available for the adults. Here’s our pick of the best family days out in Munster.
Find a fairy
There are two magical Fairy Trails in the woodlands of both Derrynane House and also in Darryquin, part of the demesne of Parknasilla, near Sneem on the Ring of Kerry. These familyfriendly walking trails are dotted with gorgeous fairy houses dotted throughout
the woodlands. Parents and children will be enthralled with this mystical day out. www.irishfairytrails.com Fly, fly away
The Aviation Discovery Tour at Atlantic Airventure in Clare is a brilliant way for families to pass a few hours. Learn how aircraft fly during a pre-flight ground school lesson and then test out those theories with a virtual flight in a high performance aerobatic aircraft!
Tours take place every Saturday from 2pm and cost €20 per person. Booking is advised, particularly during school holidays. www.atlanticairventure.com Zootopia
Fota Wildlife Park offers an entire day out for the whole family in gorgeous surroundings. The park is regularly listed as one of the top days out in Ireland and it’s easy to see why. From buggy-friendly paths to plentiful bathroom and restaurant stops, as well as plenty of playgrounds, scheduled animal feedings throughout the day offer an element of show that everyone will enjoy. Don’t miss the Cheetah Run – it’s proving to be one of the park’s most popular attractions.
Entry for two adults and two children will cost €48. www.fotawildlife.ie Explore your ancestry
Craggaunowen – the Living Past Experience, is Ireland’s original award winning Pre-historic Park in Kilmurry, County Clare. Come and explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artefacts of our Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago which have touched and shaped how we live today.