Family Breaks at Kilronan Castle & Spa
Planning a family summer break – the 4 Star Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa is the perfect location in the West of Ireland. Our incredible location offers a multitiude of activities within an easy drive of the Estate – something fr all ages.
Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Boyle Co.Roscommon (20min drive)
WEnter our world of Adventure – where you can do as much or as little as you like…..
This historic back drop encompasses a landmark cluster of unique attractions with a lakeside centre providing an ideal gateway for gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits in the Park.
ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? A Very Unique Challenge!
We have the answer. The Boda Borg at Lough Key.
The innovative, Weather Independent Boda Borg is a Swedish concept unique to Ireland and is challenging for both adults and children. Once you enter the two-storey Boda Borg only teamwork, ingenuity, trial and error and skills you probably didn’t know you have will allow you to progress through its 47 rooms! It contains fun-filled activities, imaginative puzzles and enjoyable tasks but no instructions. Every adventure starts in your own mind… new paths are explored… together… with curiosity, laughter and excitement.
THE LOUGH KEY EXPERIENCE
Discover how this fascinating landscape has been shaped; from underground to up amongst the treetops, ‘Irelands only Tree Canopy Walk, a truly unique experience immersing you in the history, flora and fauna that make Lough Key so unique.
On this journey you’ll discover how humans have shaped this landscape over thousands of years; you’ll be introduced to a way of life in Rockingham House that is now long gone and you’ll find out about the wildlife that thrives in these forests and on the lake.
The ‘Lough Key Experience’ is an engaging audio trail of the Park’s history, flora arid fauna through the 19th century underground tunnels, to the top of the refurbished 5-storey Moylurg viewing tower and along a contemporary Tree Canopy Walk, the first of its kind in Ireland, This 300m long creation of timber and steel gently rises 9m above the woodland floor and offers an engaging ‘birds eye’ view of nature as it meanders through the treetops offering panoramic views of the shimmering island studded lake.
ADVENTURE PLAY KINGDOM
Discover a magical land of exciting activities for children of all ages. The Adventure Play Kingdom is a dynamic, colourful and safe environment that’ll keep kids entertained for hours.
The outdoor Adventure Play Kingdom is an enclosed and stimulating play area with towers, slides, climbing frames, roundabouts, swings, puzzles and other innovative play equipment suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.
Zipit- High Wire Forest Adventure, Boyle Co. Roscommon (20min Drive)
What Is Zipit?
Zipit is a high wire forest adventure park with a difference. A place for young and old, where children can let their imagination run wild and where adults can embrace their inner child. You can climb high into the treetops, swing into cargo nets, even ride a bmx across a bridge, before zipping down one of our many ziplines. Come as a family, come on your own, or bring along a group. Children from age 7 to adults can enjoy up to 4 hours of excitement and adventure.
Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just looking to try something different, Zipit offers a unique outdoor experience for everyone to enjoy. Forget the day to day stuff. Put down your smartphone. Escape the office. Get back to nature and let yourself go!
Tullyboy Farm – Boyle Co.Roscommon (20min Drive)
Tullyboy Farm is a family run real working visitor farm in a beautiful setting around a Georgian farmhouse and buildings with mature trees and lake views on the Roscommon and Leitrim border between Boyle and Carrick on Shannon and less than an hour from the Wild Atlantic Way.
The attraction offers fun, educational and cultural activities for families, and all types of groups in a safe environment. There is a whole range of activities available, from miniature tractor barrel rides, straw dives for goodies, playground, lots of animals to get up close to and hand feed and cuddle, tractor trailer rides (if sufficient numbers permit), pony rides by lead rein (when available). Most of these are included in the day visit at no extra cost so it represents great value for money.
Eagles Flying, Ballymote Co.Sligo (40min Drive)
Nestled in the green hills of south Sligo, Ireland’s largest sanctuary for raptors and owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on more than 27 ha of mature parklands near Ballymote. Currently it is the home of more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals, encompassing nearly 100 different species, in the centre.
Interactive Bird Shows
Twice daily scientists train these birds for visitors and give information about the biology of these magnificent creatures. During these entertaining interactive bird shows visitors can experience different types of raptors flying right over their head or landing next to them. Some have a wingspan of up to 3 metres. It is also possible to touch some of them and some members of the audience may even have one flying to their own hand. At Eagles Flying they developed a very special, friendly way of working with raptors and other animals and there is no risk whatsoever for any member of the audience.
These shows are unique – you have never been that close to raptors!
Even rain cannot spoil this experience, as the shows can be presented indoors.
During the shows, starting at 11 am and 3 pm every day and lasting for approximately one hour, the birds are presented in their natural environment. Before and after the shows the visitors can walk the park lands and enjoy the birds displayed in aviaries or on perches close to the walking path. Staff will give information on the birds and answer questions.
For the ones who prefer it more cuddly, there is also a large supervised Petting-Zoo, see Cuddle our Pet Animals. Here, visitors can get hands-on with guinea-pigs, pigs, rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys, ferrets, and many more. Rosie the 350 kg pig gives kids a proper piggy-back ride, Grizzly, the raccoon, is a gifted pickpocket, Tui and Allan, the tame foxes make perfect (live) fur collars for fashion conscious ladies and Monty, the 4 meter Python, even makes a perfect scarf for at least 6 people at a time.
Glendeer Open Farm, Athlone Co Roscommon (1hr20)
Glendeer Pet Farm is an award winning open farm. It is an unforgettable, interactive experience where you can pet and even hold the baby animals such as puppies, chicks and guinea pigs.
Children will also get a bag of food to feed some of the animals such as goats, sheep, emu, donkeys, cows, llama and lots more. You also get to see some more exotic animals up close like our cheeky monkeys; George and Gina, the wallabies, the parrots and Honey the raccoon.
It is a safe and carefree environment for children of any age, whether they prefer to entertain themselves in our outdoor or indoor playgrounds or with the many animals on the farm. There really is something for all ages; from the zipline, double obstacle course and maze for the big kids to the fairy trail, sand barn and soft play area for the smaller kids. Some of these and more are undercover areas for those wet days, so don’t let the weather put you off!
What’s great about Glendeer is that ‘big kids’ can enjoy it just as much too! While the children love the playgrounds the parents seem to really enjoy our old 1850’s restored cottage or taking a stroll along our nature walk which has recently become home to quite a few interesting little fairies.
Bear Essentials & Silver bear centre, Bawnboy Co.Cavan (45min Drive)
Bear Essentials is passionate about bears and we would like to share this passion with you.
Bear Essential was established in 2000 when we opened up a showroom which has developed over the years into a spacious Teddy Bear gift shop displaying famous brands such as Steiff, Charlie Bears, Bukowski Bear, Legler toys and of course Bear Essentials own Irish brand of Anke’s one off limited edition Teddy Bears. In the last years, we have introduced a new product line of Irish made Baby Essentials which include “My First Teddy”, cosy baby rugs, changing mats and snugly comforters.In 2007 Bear Essentials launched the Silver Bear Centre, a visitor attraction beside the Teddy Bear Gift Shop. A great space for facilitation of Heritage Events and School Tours. The Silver Bear Centre is a magical and spacious place for you to take part in many activities such as workshops, events, crafts and parties. The Silver Bear Centre also showcases old and famous Teddy Bears, Irish artefacts, and is home to the many bears who stay with us in the Teddy Bear Hospital. To hire and make the Silver Bear Centre your own, click here.
While entry to Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre is free and can be visited at opening hours, workshops and attendance at events always have to be booked in advance. You can also obtain workshop vouchers online Looking forward meeting you.
Shannon River Adventure, Rooskey, Co. Roscommon (40min Drive)
Experience adventure on the banks of the River Shannon. Located beside scenic Lough Bofin, close to the villages of Rooskey and Dromod, Shannon River Adventure offers many fun-filled water and land based activities which include Kayaking, Canoeing, Archery, Mudslide, Orienteering, Pier-jumping, Climbing Wall, Island Trips, Adventure Camps, Team-building – there’s something to challenge and reward all ages and abilities.
Battlebridge Paintball, Leitrim village Co Leitrim (15min Drive)
Battlebridge Paintball is a superb location for workmates and colleagues to plan strategic games and encourage leadership/team building skills. The sport of Paintball is played worldwide by men and women of all ages, and in 15 short years has become recognised as one of the world’s most exciting outdoor pursuits. Battlebridge Paintball’s custom-built Game Zones provide a superior gaming experience to all other facilities in Ireland and our army/outdoor adventure knowledge ensures we stay second to none in terms of military authenticity too
Carrick quads, Carrick-on-Shannon (20min Drive)
Set on over 100 acres of fantastic Irish countryside!
This off-road motor-powered adventure is perfect for all levels
– from the novice to the experienced –
everyone will have an amazing time regardless of the weather!
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