- Some­thing for all the fam­ily

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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.

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