Offaly – Family Fun Days Out

This Easter, Offaly has lots of events and activities for family days out over the holidays. County Offaly is perfect for family fun days out with its wide open spaces, historic and scenic locations. Not to mention stunning nature offering you the opportunity to switch gears and really relax and enjoy yourself.

Offaly – Family Fun Days Out

Waiting for you and your family this Easter are fairy trails, bike rides, mountain treks, historic gardens and Easter Egg hunts. Offaly is part of the Hidden Heartlands of Ireland.

Lough-Boora Discovery Park, Offaly Tourism photo by Paula Nolan

Lough Boora Discovery Park

An very popular outing for children is the Fairy Trail in Lough Boora Discovery Park. Moreover, it is home to 14 fairies, and the 1.5km trail is suitable for small children and sure to be a hit.

And there is so much more –  Lough Boora Discovery Park is a  family friendly environment with lots of free activities for all ages. There are also picnic and play areas which are all accessible for buggies and wheelchair users. Why not hire a bike and explore the sculpture part? Or just enjoy walking on the many off road trails.

As a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts interested in its unique flora and wildlife, the Offaly Sculpture Park’s route is enhanced by 24 innovative works of art. Industrial materials of the bog, such as locomotives, rail line, timber and stone have been developed into magnificent sculptures.

Family Fun Days Out in Offaly – Photo Fionn McCann, Offaly Tourism

Slieve Bloom Mountains

The Slieve Bloom Mountains are where you’ll find trails to suit every ability; from the experienced hiker to the casual stroller. Moreover, these mountains are the most unspoilt and uncongested in the country.

Whether you take on the long-distance Slieve Bloom Way or opt for one of the shorter looped trails, you’ll be rewarded by spectacular views across the midlands of Ireland. On a clear cloud-free day you can see highest points of the four provinces.

Birr Castle Demesne

It is spring time at Birr Castle Demesne and the flowering trees are bursting with colour and clouds of blooms. Flowering will continue into the summer as more plants and trees show their flowers. The historic estate is home to dozens of unusual trees and plants collected by the Rosse family over three generations, see here.

See Visit Offaly for full list of trails and hikes, some suitable for biking.

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Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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