Family Friendly Ireland Staycation Ideas
With restrictions lifting, inter country travel allowed and summer in full swing, it’s road trip season, a.k.a staycations! Yes, we’d probably all love to get on a plane and fly to a warm beach drinking cocktails or adventure though an unknown city. Those holiday’s will come. But for now, let's show our kids the wonder & beauty of Ireland!
Being prepared for your journey & stay
Preparing before going on your staycation will help to avoid being caught off guard. We have compiled a list of some essential items to bring when travelling around Ireland with your little one.
- My Carry Potty - portable potties, excellent for car journeys.
- Changing Bags - keep all those essential baby items close by and be prepared for any accidents.
- Travel Changing Mats - handy for changing baby when out and about.
- Travel Cots - not just handy for staycations but when visiting family too! Popular brands include Joie, and Babylo.
- Harness Backpacks - allowing your child independence with safety in your hands.
- Strollers - easy to manoeuvre and fold down when on the go with compact strollers also available. We have some great brands to shop including Babyzen, Silver Cross, Chicco and many more!
- Carriers & Slings - allow yourself to be hands free while exploring with a baby carrier or sling.
- Books - keep them entertained while on the road.
Top 5 family places to explore in Ireland
We have hand selected our top 5 Irish Staycation destinations for this summer that are family friendly and guranteed to provide endless fun for the whole family.
- Westport, Co Mayo
- Killarney, Co Kerry
- Clonakilty, Co Cork
- Kinsale, Co Cork
- Centre Parcs, Co Longford
A great starting point for any west coast holiday. Westport is one of Mayo’s most family-friendly towns. Why not spend one of your days cycling one of the longest off-road cycling & walking trails in Ireland! Go-karting, bouncy castles, swan boats, slides, rides and of course the pirate adventure park are just some of the reason to visit gorgeous Westport house.
Explore beautiful beaches just ten minutes’ drive from Westport for a half or full day trip. From Bertra to White Strand in one direction and Mulranny to Achill in the other, Clew Bay is spoiled with beautiful beaches.
Make your way to the internationally renowned Killarney National Park. Known for the scenic beauty with 10,000 hectares of stunning lakes, mountains and woods! A great place to start exploring is the Muckross Estate, 5km south of Killarney Town on the famous Ring of Kerry. Most routes centre around Muckross Lake, and the quickest circuit takes around three hours. There are optional side-trips to Torc Waterfall, where the Owengarriff River cascades into Muckross Lake, and these can add two or more hours to your walk.
Starting and finishing at Muckross House, the walks involve a minimal of climbing and include visits to the beautiful formal gardens and historic buildings of the Muckross Demesne.
I think it’s important to not only highlight the beauty and colourful charm of Clonakilty but also the fact that it’s Ireland's first Autism friendly town. This means organisations, businesses & community groups undergo changes to full Autism accreditation. Look for the blue ‘Autism Friendly Champion’ sticker on businesses.
Stop by one of the great cafes before heading off to explore the nearby coast and beaches. Or take a delightful and quaint step into the past at the West Cork Model Railway Village in Clonakilty. This unique attraction will delight all ages. Handcrafted model buildings and miniature trains tell the story of how people lived and worked in days gone by.
Located at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale town is famous for its colourful streetscapes and rich history, fuelled by great people, food, boutiques & events. Discover its medieval past, by taking a visit to Charles Fort. A unique star-shaped military fortress that has stood guard over Kinsale harbour for over three hundred years!
See stunning coastline on the Old Head of Kinsale, play a round of golf on a world class course. Visit a 17th century lighthouse or go on a cruise aboard The Spirit of Kinsale!
An all round crowd pleaser. Centre Parcs has everything you could imagine to entertain the family. Subtropical Swimming Paradise, bowling or if sports & activities are not your child’s thing book a pottery painting studio session. There is a load of outdoor activities as well, from Adrenaline to watersports. And let’s not forget about you, the parents. They have recently added a brand new Aqua Sana Spa!
Rent either apartments or your own person lodges, some even including your very own hot tub! You're sure to not be disappointed when staying at Centre Parcs.
Activities around Ireland
There are also some great activities to try out on all those family staycation adventures throughout the summer. Some of our suggestions include:
- Baysports - Ireland’s Largest Inflatable Waterpark
- Dingle Horse Riding
- Cycle a Greenway
- Dunmore Adventure
- Dolphin Spotting in Clare
- Lahinch Surf School
- Delphi Resort
For those staycation journeys be sure to check out out our blog on top tips for travelling in the car with your little ones, read it here!