If you’re a fan of putting colour in the family’s cheeks, we’ve got loads of walks that will be perfect for the gang.
Take the Girly Bog Loop in Co Meath for example. This eco walk is the ideal for a leg stretch if you’d like to explore a world where some of our most important archaeological finds were made.
The Jenkinstown Wood looped walk in Co Kilkenny is another great spot to step it out. You’ll stroll through beech, ash, oak, and Norway spruce forest. Some of the trees date back to the 1870s and include rare species like Chinese necklace poplar. The park is also home to badgers, stoats, foxes, red and grey squirrels, and enclosed deer, as well as bats in the old church.
Another lovely leafy stroll is amongst the beech, ash, Scots pine and larch trees on the Oak Park Loop in Co Carlow. This is a great place for a family picnic. Another great bonus is the 1.5km ‘wheelway’ which runs near the lake allowing wheelchair users access to the beauty spots.
Our final favourite is the Fawnglass Loop on Clare Island. Lying at the entrance to Clew Bay, expect to encounter everything from the archaeological remains of the Neolithic and Bronze age, to rare medieval wall-paintings in the 14th century Cistercian Abbey and the burial place of Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen.