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Adventures for families

From conquering historic castles, discovering enchanted fairy forests, chasing leprechauns or catching the waves along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland has lots to offer for a fun-filled and adventurous family holiday!

Family cycling along the Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway in the south east of Ireland is a former railroad track that has been transformed into a hiking and cycling route. Opened in March 2017, it comes with a network of tourism infrastructure such as accommodation and bike service stations on a stretch of 46 km. En route it passes 11 bridges, 3 aquaducts and the stunning Copper Coasts including the cities of Waterford and Dungarvan. Cycling or walking the Waterford Greenway is a lovely, slow-paced way to explore the natural and historical treasures of Ireland‘s Ancient East and beyond. Leading around the base of the Comeragh Mountain and following the River Suir, beauty lies around every bend. Relaxation and peace of mind guaranteed!

Conquer Dublin city on the Viking Splash Tour

The Viking Splash Tour Dublin is the ultimate family adventure. Loud and a little bit crazy, it is something you shouldn‘t miss when in Ireland‘s capital. And we mean that literally - before you spot the amphibious vehicle you will hear it well before! Going around the city centre of Dublin in what looks like a huge yellow boat, the shouting and singing of the crowd aboard is hard to ignore. Dressed like vikings wearing helmets with horns participants of the Viking Splash Tour experience sightseeing in a unique and fun way. Nevertheless learning about Dublin‘s iconic buildings, culture and Ireland's history is also part of it as well as a dip in the Liffey River including the whole vehicle.


Meet the marine locals on an eco boat tour to the historic Blasket Islands

Visiting the Blasket Islands off the west coast of Ireland in Dingle Bay is a family adventure that requires a certain tolerance towards rough waters. However once you set out in the small fisher boat, there is nothing more beautiful than being out on the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by this amazing marine nature reserve. Accompanied by a native skipper who knows the Blaskets like hardly anybody else, you will discover the group of rocky, uninhabited islands including their fascinating wildlife such as dolphins, ocassionally orcas and puffins that use the Blaskets as their main nesting area. 

Learn about farming in Ireland on a visit to a traditional Irish farm

Sheep and Ireland go hand in hand. The wooly creatures roaming through green valleys and along the seaside are typically Irish. One of the counties with most sheep is Galway, where you can visit traditional sheep farms and learn about the history and importance of the Irish sheep. 

Upon arrival, you'll receive a warm welcome from the farmer and you can witness a sheepdog demonstration. A skilled shepherd and their loyal Border Collie will showcase their remarkable teamwork in herding the sheep. You'll see the dogs responding to whistles and hand signals as they expertly guide the sheep through various tasks. Next you observe a demonstration of how peat is harvested (turf cutting) from nearby boglands using specialized tools, like the turf spade, a centuries-old practice of harvesting peat to heat homes. 

On a country walk through the farm grounds, you can amidre the sweeping views of the surroundings and the mountain ranges beyond and if there are lambs about (and there usually are), you can count on a few needing bottle-feedings. This is a wonderful family activity where you can learn all about these cuddly animals, and deep dive in the farming culture.


Meet the nosy dolphins around the Loop Head Peninsula

Around the Loop Head Peninsula and the Shannon sanctuary in the West of Ireland live over 120 dolphins that you might spot just offshore. But, if you want to see them up close, choose a dolphin-watching boat trip. Your adventure begins with a scenic boat ride departing from one of the local harbors. As you venture out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll be surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal landscapes that define Loop Head Peninsula's beauty.

Onboard, you'll have experienced and knowledgeable guides who are experts in local marine life, especially the resident dolphins. They'll share interesting facts about the area's wildlife, history, and conservation efforts.

The main highlight, of course, is the opportunity to spot and observe dolphins in their natural habitat. Loop Head Peninsula is known for its vibrant population of bottlenose dolphins. These playful creatures often swim alongside the boat, leaping gracefully out of the water. Keep your camera ready to catch a picture of them!


Soak up the tranquility of County Donegal on a family kayaking tour

A family kayak experience in Donegal in Northwest Ireland promises an unforgettable adventure along the picturesque coastline of this beautiful county in Ireland. Donegal is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, and your kayak adventure will take you through some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery where you might spot wildlife as well. 

This family-friendly kayak tour is designed to accommodate participants of various ages and skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a complete beginner, there's a kayak experience for you. As you paddle along the coast, you'll have the chance to explore sea caves, hidden coves, and secluded beaches that are only accessible by kayak while your guides can tell you everything about the surroundings. Of course, on warm days you can also make a swim in the water!

Contact us for an individual quote, visit our Ireland adventures and Ireland family adventures for touring inspiration or check out our selection of outdoor activities and special experiences things to do in Ireland.

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