Kick off your family’s short break with a visit to Meath
to see the magical Loughcrew Cairns
. Learn about the 5000-year-old passage tombs before exploring the Loughcrew Estate – here, you’ll find a playground for all ages at the Loughcrew Adventure Course
. With Ireland’s longest zip-line as one of the main attractions, kids old and young will also enjoy the climbing wall, assault course and archery – you can even stay in the luxury of the house itself if you rent it out for your crew. While the young ones are wearing themselves out, why not take a stroll around the stunning gardens
or sip on a cuppa in the coffee shop.
If you fancy an aquatic adventure instead, head to Drogheda
and take to the water for a paddle with Boyne Boats
. The local history, heritage of the Irish currach, thrill of the outdoors and fantasy of ‘Game of Thrones’
are rolled into one on this unique guided tour through the Battle of the Boyne
site. Alternatively, for something a bit faster-paced make your way to Athboy
for white-water rafting with Boyne Valley Activities.
There’s a wide range of water-related and land-based activities on offer – including the option to hire bicycles and enjoy the views from two wheels.
Are the younger members of your family more into animals than an adrenaline rush? If so, The Causey Farm
is right up your street. A real working farm that gives educational tours and lets you get stuck in, Causey offers bread-making classes, turf cutting and a host of other good country activities for all the family.
Speaking of animals (and adrenaline), Meath
is also home to Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park
– where a Zoo features Amur tigers, meerkats and buffalo to name just a few. The thrill seekers in the family can try the Extreme Climbing Wall, The Rotator or Cú Chulainn Coaster, Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster with an inversion!
Whatever you choose to do, all that fun is bound to have worked up an appetite. Check out The Bective Restaurant
or its sister eatery The Central
in Navan town centre – both with play areas for kids – to ensure full bellies before bedtime.