Summer in Ireland | 12 adventurous family days out

Ireland's longest zip wire in Castlecomer Discovery Park is over 300 meters long
Ireland's longest zip wire in Castlecomer Discovery Park is over 300 meters long

Are you feeling brave?

Children love an adventurous day out...but will you join them?

Visiting an indoor play centre or joining in the fun at a pet farm is one thing, but what are you going to say when your child wants to try a zip line that's 300 metres long and 35 metres high over trees, lakes and a bridge?

Adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in Ireland, so it won't be long before you are asked the question. New Zealand used to be the place people though of when discussing adventure sports but we must rival them now with the quantity and quality on offer.

Although we don't have anything to rival the 134 metre bungee jump above the raging waters of the Nevis River in Queenstown.

And I hope we never do!

Safety is a priority in all of these venues, so it likely that some activities have a minimum age requirement so it is important to check before you travel. There is nothing worse than telling to a child that they cannot do something after a long car journey to, eh, do something. That's where YourDaysOut can help.

If you search on YourDaysOut you will find over three hundred different adventure ideas in Ireland ranging from trampoline parks to water slides, from high ropes courses to leap-of-faiths. (Don't ask, you probably won't like the answer).

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1) SKY PARK, Louth

There are lots of choices in one of Ireland's biggest adventure park in beautiful Carlingford, County Louth. The aerial courses range from 6ft to 40ft high while the whole family can enjoy a day out with more gentle activities to suit all ages 4+ with ziplines, footgolf, frisbee golf, climbing wall & more.

2) Castlecomer Discovery Park

Set in a stunning 80 acre woodland, Castlecomer Discovery Park has a whole day of fantastic activities for visitors of all ages including junior woodland adventure course, Elf & Fairy village, Climbing Wall, boats and canoeing. It is also home Ireland's longest zip wire that is over 300 meters long and 35 metres over the ground at its highest point as you zip over stunning woodland, two lakes and 17th-century hand-restored bridge.

3) Eclipse Ireland, Kerry

Set in the heart of the Irish countryside along the Ring of Kerry the outdoor adventure and activity centre has loads of different activities including coasteering, biking , mud surfing and everything in between.

4) Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park

Westport House is the west coast of Ireland’s number one destination for family fun, sky-high action and some of the nation’s most awe-inspiring heritage displays. This summer when you buy a ticket to Westport House or Pirate Adventure Park you also get free entry again for a second day!

5) Fatbike Adventure Tours

Fatbikes were invented to ride on snow, they have massive tires and they are as lightweight as a normal mountain bike. But they're incredibly easy to ride and huge amounts of fun too. The tours can take you into the mountains, through forests and on even on the beach! There is no other bicycle that can do that.

6) Zipit Forest Adventures

Zipit in based in Dublin, Cork and Roscommon with ziplines, rope bridges, climbing walls and Tarzan swings. Up to 4 hours of fun and adventure with 5 circuits and over 85 challenges from seven years and up.

7) Ballyhass Lakes, Cork

This 36-acre site has two spring water lakes with 14 acres of crystal clear waters to a depth of 30ft and activities including kayaking, raft building, rock climbing, ziplines, wake boarding and an aquapark.

8) Slieve Aughty Centre, Galway

An eco-friendly equestrian and activity leisure centre set on 17 acres of rugged Galway land. Guests have miles of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring nature as well as a stunning location for rejuvenation, relaxation and celebration!

9) Clonakilty Park Adventure Centre

Located on the complex of the Quality Hotel & Leisure Club, Clonakilty in beautiful West Cork with 13 challenging elements such as cables, leaping on swinging logs and clambering along vertical cargo nets.

10) Adventure Park, Cork

Purpose built for year-round outdoor entertainment with Karting, Paintball, Archery, Human Bubble Football and lots lots more! Adventure Park offers action packed events that are rewarding, entertaining and fun.

11) Letterkenny Activity Centre

Letterkenny Activity Centre is 3 miles outside Letterkenny on the Ramelton Road for a fun filled day out for all the Family with Karting, Airsoft and Archery to provide an adrenaline filled day out.

12) Squirrel's Scramble, Wicklow

Experience the wonderful natural forest with more than 40 different challenges on 4 different levels (1.5m to 8m) to climb, balance, slide and crawl. Zoom along zip lines through narrow passages in the woods for a thrilling adventure.

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