6. Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon
This Forest Park is the location of unique activities sourced from different countries. Boda Borg, a Swedish concept, is a 47-room challenge in which you use teamwork, skills and brainpower to navigate. The Lough Key Experience enables visitors to explore the history of the park, from the 5-storey Moylurg viewing tower to the 19th-century tunnels. A key attraction is the 300m long Tree Canopy Walk, which boasts a magnificent bird’s eye view of nature and is a great way to immerse yourself in nature. If you’re a camper, the park has 52 secluded pitches with areas for electricity and space to pitch tents. The Marina has beautiful views if you have a boat of your own.
7. Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland, Co. Dublin
Suitable for children aged 2-12, Fort Lucan is an adventure playground located 30 mins from Dublin City Centre. Attractions include secret slides, ziplines and 40-foot towers where your child can let its imagination go wild. The Raging River contains two waterslides with twists, drops and surprises around every corner with the blue tunnel certain to get hearts racing. Children are guaranteed to enjoy the trampolines, climbing frames and wobbly bridges. For under 5’s there is a mini-Fort Lucan, with baby Go-Karts and aerial runways. A new helter-skelter will open in May 2017.
8. Tanagh Outdoor Education and Training Centre, Co. Monaghan
Located further up the country, this education and training centre offers unique activities. Attractions sure to catch your attention are canoeing where your child can learn a new skill, raft building and the mud slide, a slippery slope where you’re guaranteed to get your hands dirty. Tanagh offers mountain biking where participants can take in the beauty of the forest. The indoor climbing wall rises to 40ft, an enticing challenge. The camping and camp craft activity is the ideal opportunity for young people to learn about tent pitching, “Leave no Trace” principles, cooking outdoors and camp safety. All of which are valuable skills to have.
9. Adventure Centre Bundoran, Co. Donegal
This adventure centre puts a focus on water sports and climbing activities. Ireland’s largest surf school, the centre’s experienced instructors offer surf lessons to enthusiasts. Overnight stays for adults, stags/hens and families are catered for, with Homefield Rock Hostel available for accommodation. If you’ve an interest in extreme sports, look no further. The centre offers abseiling and climbing. The centre runs a summer camp programme every year, a once in a lifetime experience for children. The camps cater for those of different ages with activities suitable for each age group.
10. UL Sport Adventure Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare
Owned by the University of Limerick Sports department and located in the lovely town of Killaloe. The centre runs various courses for different interests such as first aid, kayaking, sailing and powerboat courses. Archery activities vary depending on the level of difficulty. Children of primary school age can try out the high ropes structure and the low-level challenges. The camps cater for those with specific curiosities: water week, sailing camp and junior camps. All the activities have the aim to encourage team building. This centre is 30 minutes from the University of Limerick.
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