A family staycation destination within easy reach of both Dublin and Belfast, pop down for the day or make a break for Louth. Family days out range from water-based activities and pottering around on one of the county’s beautiful Blue Flag beaches, to thrills and spills at the Skypark and Carlingford Adventure Centre. There is a wide choice of family-friendly restaurants in Louth, many of which feature as part of the new sea louth scenic seafood trail. Be sure to pick up your ‘sea louth’ passport and collect stamps along the way at the various designated scenic viewpoints. Once you have completed your passport, pop into a tourist office in Carlingford, Dundalk or Drogheda to pick up your exclusive sea louth memento.
Here is our pick of some of the best family days out in Louth:
1. Pre-book an action-packed on-the-water experience with the brilliant Celtic Adventures. Based in Clogherhead, a mere stone’s throw from the beach, the family-run company offers a range of outdoor activities for adults and children. Choose from kayaking, SUP and body boarding, with tuition and all necessary equipment included.
2. Carlingford boasts the largest aerial adventure course in Ireland at Skypark, which has 7 zip wires and over 30 obstacles. Meanwhile, land-based activities at the park include bungee trampolines, climbing wall and the impressive new Ireland’s Ancient East Maze. With fairy trail, mini train, sand pit area and inflatable play park, there is plenty of fun to be had by younger children, too. Looking for family fun on the water? Carlingford Adventure offers canoeing, SUP and kayaking on beautiful Carlingford Lough.
3. The Carlingford Lough Greenway extends from Carlingford Marina to Omeath, and can be travelled on foot or by bike. Don’t have your own wheels? Pop along to On Yer Bike, which is located both at the start of the Carlingford Lough Greenway as well as in the heart of the village on Stand Lane, or check out Carlingford Greenway Bike Hire located right in the village centre on Newry Street. Both have a choice of e-bikes or regular bikes; seats or trailers for the wee ones; and even pet carriers, this really is an activity that all members of the family can enjoy!
4. A trip to Greenore another of the sea louth scenic viewpoints, would not be complete without a visit to the charming Greenore Co-op, home to the Victorian tea rooms and a quirky miniature railway museum. After you have had your fill of tea and cake, hop on the Carlingford Lough Ferry, which runs at regular intervals daily throughout the summer months between Greenore and Greencastle. Opt to take the car or travel as a foot passenger, and keep a look out for Finn, the famous dolphin who often accompanies the ferry out of port.
5. Unique to County Louth, a family day out with a difference is The Last Leprechauns of Ireland visitor experience. Bookings are necessary for tours which take place at 3pm Weds-Sun, led by Ireland’s last leprechaun whisperer, Kevin Woods, and children age 5 and over will get the most value from a visit.
Looking for a spot to refuel whilst enjoying your fun family day out in Louth? Check out our recommendations for family-friendly restaurants in Louth.
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