Outdoor Things to do in Cork

Outdoor Adventure Things to do in Cork in Cork

Even though we may give out about the weather in Ireland a lot, thanks to our mild climate and stunning landscapes, Ireland’s outdoors are always in season. Coupled with the fact that we are trying to play our part with social distancing at the moment and seek outdoor adventure we tried out some of Cork’s best loved outdoor activities for families over the last few weeks. As a Cork native, I am asked very regularly what are my top favourite family activities or things to do in Cork and I and delighted to say they are all outdoors. Also, these activities would make great communion and birthday party alternatives or even gift ideas!

Zipit

Zipit is a fantastic outdoor adventure centre not far from Cork city where you can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, surf with a difference or try cycling over a treetop bridge before zipping down one of our many ziplines. As most of you will have learnt by now Tree Climbing is our national family pastime.

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I have been meaning to try out Zipit for some time but I did not appreciate what was in store until I saw it for myself. Once harnessed, you are given a short instruction, followed by a practice circuit, then away you go, into the trees as you ascend higher with each circuit, secure in the knowledge that qualified instructors are around if you need them, to offer guidance, encouragement or get you back down to the ground. There are 5 circuits ranging from 1 – 20 metres high and you have 3 hours to complete the circuits or if you like you can do the first few circuits more than once. From beginners to adrenaline junkies, there are circuits for all abilities. The minimum age is 7 and this is a perfect family activity as many adults will enjoy discovering their inner child with this one.

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It is quite an exhilarating and energetic activity both mentally and physically so three hours is plenty and in fact we called it a day just before our time was up as our crew were wrecked at this stage. However, they absolutely loved it and we will be going again in the next few months. Rain would not put me off this activity either as the tree canopy would provide some shelter and it is meant to be more fun in the rain as the zip wires move more freely.

Farran woods is home to many walking trails with beautiful views of Iniscarra lake, a children’s playground (just next to Zipit), deer enclosure and duck pond, so there is plenty to entertain everyone in the family and make a day of it with a picnic. It is the perfect destination for a kid’s birthday party and you could bring a picnic (ham sandwiches) or bag of treats each to eat at the playground after before heading on a walk around the duck pond. For the winter months Zipit opens on weekends only and pre-booking is essential so click here to find out more about Zipit in Farran Woods.

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Cork Boat Hire

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Cork Harbour Boat Hire offer the perfect solution to social distancing outdoor fun with their self-drive boat tours of Cork Harbour for families looking for fun things to do in Cork. There is one family unit in each boat and the tour guide is in his own boat leading the group around Spike Island, the old monastic settlement and prison which resides in the middle of Cork Harbour. The boats are really easy to drive and there was full training before we were let loose out on the water. We had great fun spotting all the activity on the harbour including Haulbowline (the Irish Naval base), the canons of spike Island, St.Colman’s Cathedral, and much more. We were told some days you may spot cruise liners or ships along the route.

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The highlight of the trip was when the kids sat on Craig’s lap taking turns of steering the boat. They all loved it even the little one so much so that we have treated our granddad to a trip for his birthday in the next few weeks. It would make the perfect birthday present for children or adults. There is a max of 5 per boat with no more than 4 adults and the one hour tour costs €50 in total.  Click here for more information on Cork Harbour Boat Hire.

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Ballyhass Lakes

My final activity probably deserves a blog post all on its own as there is so much to do here and offers great family quality time when it comes to things to do in Cork. Ballyhass lakes is a 40 acre site and home to 20 activities across land, water and height.  However, for quality family time I would recommend the adventure day pass or aqua park as it is fantastic value for money and an unforgettable family day out for all the family.

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Ballyhass lakes is not only home to Ireland’s largest cable wakeboard facility but it also offers a large yet manageable inflatable waterpark for all ages. What makes this waterpark unique to any other one we have visited is that the water was crystal clear with water temperature a perfect level being an inland lake. The temperature has been known to hit 15 degrees. While the inflatable park is large, it is well laid out so it is easy to get around and you are not really queuing for anything.

The Adventure Day Pass is only €30 per person or €100 for four and with this you can enjoy a land, water and height activity. You would want to leave a day for this and leave some time in your day to have lunch and a rest. For lunch you can bring a picnic or there is a hot food option on site with chips and burgers etc.

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We choose to do the aqua park and the zip wire which I would highly recommend. The zip wire goes over land and water and there are two lanes one of which takes you through the tree tops before coming out over the water. The team here are very encouraging and patient with anyone who is nervous but I must say I did not see one child holding back…..(only a few adults…..)

We ended our day with Archery but at this stage we were starting to tire so if you feel that three activities may be enough you could do tow activities for €25 per person or just the aqua park for €15. There was no extra charge for wetsuits which I thought was very fair and the social distancing measures were really impressive even though we were outdoors. Entry to the inflatables were staggered and the numbers on these reduced.

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I must say it would make the perfect day out for small communions or birthday parties and best of all it is outdoors. We adored our day here and will be regular visitors as we all had such a laugh and it was a great way to take a break from every day life! For more information on Ballyhass lakes Click Here!

 

Lockdown Ideas – Improvisations

Lock down Ideas – Improvisation Plays

Improvisation is the activity of making or doing something not planned beforehand, using whatever can be found. Improvisation is a very spontaneous performance without specific or scripted preparation.  Improvisational plays are a simple activity for kids and one of my favourite lock down ideas to occupy the kids. Just give them an idea and allow them 15 mins to come up with a plan themselves. You can also allow them to create their own props and costumes wit whats available in the cupboard to them.

Improvisational plays are a great tool for teaching children and helping them develop new skills. Through this form of play, children strengthen language and communication skills, learn to use their own initiative, develop creativity and learn about the world around them. That’s not all, they will also learn how to work together, problem-solve, and increase concentration.

Here are a few fun suggestions for short kids plays:

  • Two friends enter a haunted house and see a ghost.
  • A waiter trying to train a incompetent new employee.
  • A movie star at a premier.
  • A talk show host dealing with a nutty guest.
  • A kid trying to convince a parent to keep a stray dog.
  • The power goes out in 2020.
  • A TV Game Show.
  • First day at new school.
  • Two toys come to life after a toy shop closes.
  • A patient tries to sneak out of a hospital.
  • Three friends fall into a rabbit hole.
  • A magician turns a person into a dog by accident.
  • A protester tries to stop people going into a toy shop.
  • A court battle over who owns a toy doll found on Grafton Street.

You could also create a whatsapp group between friends and upload your videos. Any child that does not like to act could be the camera person!

Keep an eye out here for more lock down ideas!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Nature Trails at Fota House & Gardens

The gardens at Fota House are truly a hidden gem here in Cork and one of my favourite family fun activities in Cork. They are beautifully preserved (cared for by the OPW) and offer adventure, escape and tranquillity around almost every corner. There are many walkways and trails to discover and you could spend hours lost in amongst the trees, languishing in the open areas or exploring the formal and Victorian walled gardens. All of this is free and there is only a charge of €3 for the car park.

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Family Fun Activities in Cork

However, should you wish to add a bit more fun to your day you can buy one of their trail packs for €4 each. They have two to suit both young and older children. We had great fun following the map as children always love map reading and leading the way. While our three were running along, working out which way to go at each juncture, stopping to find little titbits and clues as per the instructions, Craig and I wandered along at our own pace, chatting and enjoying the surroundings. Pure Bliss!!!

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We stopped on route at the giant’s chairs for a picnic before continuing along the trail and discovering the Victorian walled gardens, the shed with old tools and the formal gardens. The children were extremely curious and enjoyed the few hours we spent wandering along. I really do think it was the nature trail and activity pack that added that element of structure and fun to our afternoon.

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We spent the next hour rolling down the grass hills, playing ball and generally chilling out in the open area just behind the house. As family fun activities in Cork go this one got big thumbs up from me and I am looking forward to trying out their house tour as I believe they have one geared towards children coming shortly!

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Trabolgan Day Passes

Lucky for us we live only a half an hour from Trabolgan and so we can make regular day trips with the kids. Trabolgan was one of my own favourite spots as a kid and I love to watch the kid’s excitement when we head down there now. Trabolgan day passes are great value as you get a full day of fun so get down early and plan it out beforehand!

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Trabolgan Holiday Village is located on over 140 acres of woodland beside the sea, 30 mins from Cork city and operates as a holiday camp or day visitor attraction.

Trabolgan Cork

Family Things to Do at Trabolgan

We normally start at the playground so kids can have a run around and I a coffee. One word of advice take a good look at the activities timetable for the day at this stage as there may be shows that you want to see and some of the activities have specific time slots. I prefer to organise our swimming around the shows as the kids will be starving after swimming and you can get lunch into them while watching a show.

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There is a glass roof over the main outdoor area and the main stage is under this so if you get a fine day like we did last week it is was perfect to sit outside and relax while actually enjoying a picnic while being entertained.

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Our next port of call is normally the swimming pool and with the waves and slide we normally pass away an hour or two here. The water was actually quite warm last week and I was pleasantly surprised with the renovations in this area. There is new flooring running throughout the changing area and a new seated area for those who wishing to sit this one out.

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After our picnics we head back to the playground for a walk out towards the water area. However, last week I stumbled across the duck pond which has been developed into a nature area. It is a gorgeous spot to sit with a prompt board to encourage children to search the surroundings for little titbits of nature. I am glad to see Trabolgan  making use of their gorgeous natural setting more.

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The sports centre houses a jungle gym (admission included in the day pass) and a coffee shop for more hours of fun and it is here you can buy tickets to any of the TAS activities. You can also use your day pass for these instead of the swimming pool but to be honest we would not do these everytime as there is so much without having to include them.

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Places to Eat in Trabolgan

At this stage we would head back down for another show as they are normally getting quite tired. A great way to end the day is Sally O’Hara’s Restaurant in the main square so I don’t have to cook when we get home and I know they will be starving after going all day so they will eat a belly full. Along with the main menu a carvery is available which is brilliant for the kids. There is a family special at the moment of €45 for two adults and two kids. I have never been disappointed with the food here and they have excellent coeliac choices. The staff are extremely friendly and always so accommodating.

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Other dining options are Costa Coffee for a quick snack or Big Als@Casey’s Fast Food so there is something for everyone!

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Downsides

I am delighted with the renovations they are doing every year but I hope they might add new shower cubicles some time soon as I am not too fond with the open showers!

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Final Thoughts

At the moment the Trabolgan day passes are €12 per person/ €50 for a family pass which is outstanding value as you can have one of the main activities which are swimming, crazy golf, birds of prey, TAS (Trabolgan Adventure Sports). Follow Trabolgan on facebook and keep an eye on their website as there are always doing offers on Trabolgan day passes. Click here for more.

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What the Kids Said about Trabolgan

“Next time we go we are staying so we can do more stuff”

For more information please click here!

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

When looking for inspiration for Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas you simply make clues about ordinary indoor objects. Since your home may have more than one of some of these objects, the kids may have to check out more than one location before they find the next clue. That makes the game last longer, gives them more exercise and adds to the fun. We have prepared some ready made clues for you or use as inspiration to create your own.

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

  1. I have four legs, but I don’t have feet.
    I come in handy when it’s time to eat. – Kitchen or dining table
  2. My job is to put an end to sleep,
    Which I do with music, a buzz or a beep. – Alarm clock
  3. For fast heating or cooking, I am tops.
    And, oh, that good smell when my popcorn pops! – Microwave
  4. Flour and sugar and coffee and tea,
    I keep these handy but hard to see. – Kitchen canisters
  5. I can take you to places you’ve never seen,
    But first type your password in on my screen. – Computer
  6. I’m loaded and unloaded, but I’m not a truck.
    Having a helper like me is a great piece of luck. – Dishwasher
  7. I rain on you when you need a scrub.
    I’m very much like my friend the tub. – Shower
  8. I make it possible to have fresh food.
    Everyone agrees, I’m one cool dude. – Fridge
  9. Watching your favorites is lots of fun.
    But don’t watch too much! Kids need to run. – TV
  10. I never get angry but I do get hot.
    I’m the perfect place for a pan or a pot. – Cooker
  11. It’s my job to give all your clothes a tumble,
    Which I do while making a bit of a rumble. – Tumble Dryer
  12. I have a handle and also a lock.
    Visitors and delivery men may give me a knock. – Front Door
  13. I’m one part chair and one part bed.
    Up with your feet and down with your head. – Recliner
  14. I take your clothes for quite a spin.
    But first they get wet. That’s how I begin. – Washing Machine
  15. I’m filled with feathers or other soft fluff.
    To sleep without me can be quite tough. – Pillow
  16. Turn me on and I’ll give you a light.
    I’m used some in the daytime but mostly at night. – Light Switch
  17. A story, they say, can take you away,
    But a book still needs a place to stay. – Book Shelf
  18. I have drawers and also a nice flat top.
    For homework I’m helpful — Keep working. Don’t stop! – Desk
  19. I’m hungry! I’m hungry! Please feed me a slice.
    I’ll spit it back out all brown and nice. – Toaster
  20. I’m not a selfie, but I do show faces.
    Find me in bathrooms and a few other places. – Mirror
  21. Adults like it when they first wake
    And at other times when they need a break.  – kettle/Coffee Machine
  22. Most every day, you step on me.
    All I require is a bend of your knee. – Stairs
  23. I’m paper, but I’m not used for writing a letter.
    The spot by your potty suits me much better!  – Toilet Paper
  24. I have hands but no arms and also a face.
    And my hands always move at the same steady pace. – Clock
  25. The more I dry, the wetter I get.
    A little one can be used for soaking up sweat. – Towel
  26. I’m never wicked, but I do have a wick.
    I come in all sizes, from skinny to thick. – Candle

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas

Make one set of clues for every player, each clue leading to the next one and, finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e., 2/7, or “two of seven”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure is the winner. You don’t have to go mad with a prize, simply an IOU for a movie(another of the rainy day activities for kids), maybe a cache of coins (regular or chocolate) or my favourite, no chores today/free pass for dishwasher duties are all cause for more fun in your home. You could also have your kids play as a team to solve the clues—and uncover the treasure—together. This works better when you have younger ones or if they have been fighting earlier…..

Clue

Indoor Treasure Hunt Ideas for Younger Kids

If you kids are too young to read you can create another type of treasure hunt by taking pictures of odd nooks and crannies or objects as above in your home. Print out the pictures and place them as you would any other clues.

Seaside Foraging with Sea Synergy

Seaside foraging

 

Seaside foraging is an age old fun activity and something that I love as the children are outdoors and learning but best of all my children love it more so much so we went out on a drizzling August day and by the end of the session the rain down poured but I had to still drag them off the beach kicking and screaming as they did not want it to end!

 

Seaside foraging

 

Sea Synergy based in Waterville in Kerry offer sea activities including foraging all along the South Kerry coast and a morning foraging is  a great way to spend some time with the kids. We met Lucy, a marine biologist Sea Synergy on Glanleam Beach in Valentia Island and she brought us on a little adventure!

 

Seaside foraging

Lucy first introduced us to a number of items she has collected over the years including shells and marine wildlife bones before we all took to the shoreline looking for items washed up from the sea. Marine life can be found in so many places including along the walls, on the rocks, under rocks and in rock pools as well before you even go to the sea. Lucy also provided fishing nets for a spot of fishing and Saoirse picked a crab out of the water causing for great excitement.

Seaside foraging

 

The children were in their element learning about all the items we discovered and even did not notice the drizzle of rain that began a little while into our adventure. We got great ideas and tips from Lucy for our own expeditions but found this session very good as we got so much information from Lucy on our travels and she knew just where to look for things we would never find.

 

Seaside foragingSea synergy run workshops from Waterville and are also hoping to do the same from Valentia in the summer. I for one would travel just to attend these workshops as it encourages a great interest in exploring and the great outdoors in already curious minds! Sea Synergy will also come out to locations of your choosing for small groups or families t so you can enjoy a spot of foraging. They offer a huge range of services so make sure you check out their page.

Blackberry Picking

Foraging for blackberries is such a fun and uplifting experience for kids to enjoy while encouraging children to set a life-long interest in nature and natural un-processed foods. Look out for blackberries growing on bramble bushes in woodland and hedgerows. (Avoid picking any next to roadsides though – they’ll be polluted by traffic fumes).

blackberry picking

With blackberry picking, it’s all about timing keep an eye out from the end of August but do not wait too late and miss out to Jack Frost. My advice is to get picking as soon as possible to ensure a quality yield. There are superstitions around picking berries after the end of September. It is said that they are then to be left for the fairies, (or the Púca). This coincides with the fact that the berries tend to be mouldy and quite unappetising by that stage.

blackberry picking

Blackberries are bursting full off berry goodness, being mineral rich and high in magnesium and potassium. They are an excellent source of dietary fibre and it is said that some varieties have more dietary fibre, weight for weight, than wholemeal bread. They are a good source of Vitamin C, so feasting on blackberries is a pleasurable way to build up resistance to winter colds and flus.

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Once you have collected your bounty its time to go home and have fun making jams, smoothies, blackberry crumble or just freeze a few so you can continue to enjoy their flavour throughout the winter. All in all you can get more than just a few hours of fun from your day out and best of all, you don’t need your wallet to cash in on the yields.

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Quick and Easy Recipe for Blackberry Jam

  • Place 1kg of sugar, 1kg of blackberries and juice and zest of one lemon in a large pot.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring until all the sugar dissolves.
  • Cook the jam for approximately 15 minutes or until it reaches 105˚C on a sugar thermometer.

A Beach Trek in Caherdaniel

Eagle Rock Equestrian is one of Ireland’s best known, oldest established equestrian centres and is located in the stunning surroundings of Derrynane National Historic Park. There are a number of routes available including a beach trek, woodland trek and mountain Trek. We choose to try out the beach trek as the beaches in this area are just gorgeous.

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The equestrian centre is very easy to find and was only a 40 minute trip along the most breathtaking coastline from our base in Valentia. The base itself is a beautiful listed building and a ten minute trek to the beach itself. As we prepared for our trek a more experienced group of riders on a two hour trek were returning and most of these riders seemed to be regular tourists who were very impressed with Caroline Donnelly’s service so much so that they were eager to book further treks which was difficult as they were so busy.

 

 

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As novices to the horse riding world our tutors were very helpful and took alot of time to ensure the children were at ease on their saddles before heading off onto the road to make the short trek to the beach. The beach was the perfect safe enviornment for the children to enjoy this age old activity and offered plenty of areas to explore such as the sand dunes and streams to cross making for a very exciting ride.

 

 

 

 

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Some treks can be a walk from A to B with pleasant scenary but what we experienced was a trek with a difference with the most breathtaking views in a comfortable and safe enviornment.

The trek itself was approx 1 hour which was just enough to tire everyone out and costs €30.00 per person in a group or you can also get a 30 minute ride out for children from €15.00.

 

There is something very special about the relationship between horse and man, its a magical activity and such a fun things to do with the kids in Kerry!

Cara Motorhomes, Campervans Ireland

Cara Motorhomes

campervans irelandWe associate campervans with holidays in France and not so much Ireland but this misconception is fast changing and campervans are becoming a popular choice for families wishing to explore this great country.  Now when I mentioned campervans to a few friends they raised concerns such as space and having to drive it everywhere but I can assure you that the campervans of today are very spacious and so convenient. Cara Motorhomes offer modern and spacious campervans that are no more than a couple of years old. Each of their campervans houses all the mod cons one would expect for an enjoyable family holiday and plenty of storage for the endless paraphernalia required for any family break. You can take the bikes, toys, hiking gear, plenty of clothes for all eventualities and even the kitchen sink (if one is not enough) and I bet you will have room to spare.

campervans irelandThe staffs at Cara Motorhomes are very friendly and offered great advice and tips for us novices. All we had to do was turn up with our suitcases and a grocery shop and they had everything else we needed for the next few days. To say I was impressed with our new home was an understatement as my own house has never been so spotless and pristine and I would challenge any hotel to beat it in that department. It was well laid out and fitted so much into such a small space without feeling cramped even offering plenty of segregated spaces to enjoy.

campervans irelandThe children were mesmerised by what seemed like a little playhouse on wheels and were full of excitement for their journey ahead. Once on the road I soon forgot all concerns I had about been over crowded as the campervans offer oodles of space and comfort for not only mum and dad on the journey but also the children who were belted into seats at the kitchen table where they had their snacks and played with their toys. This was a most relaxing spin and rarely were the words “are we there yet” uttered.

Easy Peazy Family Breaks Saoirse & ThomasOur journey took us from Limerick to Westport in luxurious style. What I liked the most is that we could pull in at any stage for a snack or a spot of lunch and the children could stretch their legs or have a toilet break before we headed off again. Some may say that you have the bring the campervan everywhere with you when you are travelling around but I thought that was a great advantage with small kids in tow as everything was on hand and did not have to be packed or unpacked and there was no searching for restaurants at the last minute as meals and snacks could be prepared at the side of the road when required, not to mention a luxurious toilet always on hand.

 

Easy Peazy Family Breaks Cara Motorhomes- Bike RackWe had all the facilities we needed included a toilet that you could eat your dinner off, shower, cooking and washing facilities and we had gas and water if we were parked up off a campsite and needed to cook. On one occasion during our trip we took off once we were up and before breakfast to get to our destination early and enjoyed our breakfast once we had arrived, cleaned ourselves up and headed off from here!

Our destination was Westport House and the trip did not take us too much longer than a car. Once we arrived at our campsite we were hooked up in no time as we had been given an in depth briefing on our campervan before we set off that day. The campervan was cleverly laid out with our double bed coming down from the roof and we even had a television to enjoy once the kids had nodded off or even a cheeky glass of wine on our outdoor table and chairs provided. Many parents sat out of an evening and enjoyed a chat while the children were in blissful slumber which you cannot do in a hotel or a lot of holiday homes.

Cara Motorhomes 6 Berth Rental Bunk_resultEach morning it took just a few minutes to organise ourselves again before we were set up for the day but no more than you would do when tidying up a hotel room or holiday home and in fact the campervan was so neat and organised that there was little if no cleaning most of the time. We just got the kids in the habit of putting things back in their place once they were finished with them.
Westport House is very conveniently located close to Westport town so we often walked into town and had a shop on site which meant we did not have to pack up if we ran out of milk but just throw the bike in the back where you could fit an army tank and if you need to run out for something use that! We never found it inconvenient and we would not always be the most organised. We explored the beautiful countryside around Westport and Mayo for a few days but I was sorry that we had not planned a longer trip, may be along The Wild Atlantic way as I found it to the easiest way to travel and holiday with children while covering a large area of ground.

Cara Motorhomes 6 Berth Rental_resultWe met some families on our journey that were travelling from Mayo through Galway and onto Clare over two and three weeks in the campervans and without one I don’t think you could do such a trip lugging all the gear and going from place to place. Every few days the children of these families had the opportunities to explore new surroundings and make new friends in the many caravan and camping sites doted along the way which I must say are fast coming up to European standards. Once you get bored of a place you can move on or if you are pleasantly surprised why not stay longer. Most sites can be booked that day or a day in advance. Some mums suggested that they used the facilities on site when they were good and if they were not 100% they always had the fall back of the shower and toilet on the campervan.

Cara Motorhomes_resultI would certainly recommend a campervan as one of the best ways to discover the dramatic beauty and adventure that Ireland can offer you and your family to create memories that will cherish for many years to come. Take it to the beach for a day, explore the rugged parklands and woodlands or just park it up and head off for a cycle on our every growing greenway routes. Campervans Ireland is fast becoming two words associated with one another. A campervan is no more expensive than other family options but there is a large deposit which I can appreciate as it ensures that the standards of these fabulous vehicles are keep to a very high standard. Cara Motorhomes will offer a drop off and collection service in most of the main cities of Ireland and are very flexible in their dealings so why not give their team a call and find out more …

The Great Western Greenway

The Great Western Greenway with Clew Bay Cycles

No trip to Westport would be complete without a cycle along the World Class Great Western Greenway (Westport – Achill) which is a 42km traffic free cycling facility and primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937. The route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the West of Ireland. We always try to tie in some cycling on our holidays as our children love to cycle and more so with us.

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We contacted Clew Bay Bike Hire and found them very helpful as obviously we would not cycle 42km during our short trip so they advised us of the best route for our family. They recommended that we drive to the town of Newport and collect our bikes here. Then we cycled the 18km to Mulranny. The journey took us approx. 3 to 4 hours as we stop for plenty of rests, snacks and chats on the way. It was a very safe route as you were only close to the road at the start for approx 1km. After this we were travelling through open farm lands often sharing the path with the sheep doted across this landscape. The scenery was breath-taking and even though it was not the warmest day of the year it was so refreshing cycling through the open countryside. The children were relaxed and enjoyed the freedom as they could come to no harm. There are a couple of cafes that you can stop at for refreshments or lunch and at one of these stops we spoke to a family that were doing our route in reverse and both ways. They felt that the reverse journey was easier and more downhill.

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We rented two adult and two children’s bikes from Clew Bay Bike hire and I must say that they took safety very seriously and checked the children more than once to see if they had the right bikes for their size. They offered us plenty of family solutions including carriers, toddler trailers, family bike units and children’s bikes that attach to adult bikes. Our children are keen cyclists and regularly cycle long journeys so we were confident that the four single bikes would do but there is a gradient hill as you get closer to Mulranny and they did tire at this point so I felt that we could have done with a child’s bike attach to our bikes as let’s face it, it is 18 km and can be hilly at times.

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Once we arrived at Mulranny we were met by the team of Clew Bay Bike Hire who took our bikes from here so we could avail of their pickup service to be brought back to Newport. This pick-up service is all part of the service and was a welcome reprieve for two tired soldiers (and mum) who have a short nap on the journey home. There are shorter or longer routes along the greenway which Clew Bay Bike Hire have stations doted all along. You could bring your own bikes and then the greenway would be free but often it is easier to rent the bikes once you arrive at our destination as there only so much you can get into the boot. Clew Bay Bike Hire have many packages to choose from and offer excellent family discounts so you can have a great day out for all the family that will not cost you your shirt and best of all you will all get plenty of exercise!!! To see their packages check out the link below: https://easypeazyfamilybreaks.com/activities/bike-hire-westportclew-bay-cycles/

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