Day trips with the kiddies

Ok so it’s the last day of July , which means only one month left before school starts again and oh my god July flew so I can only imagine August will go in a blink. I thought I would compile a little list of activities for you and your family to try in this last month of summer holidays.

I figure the majority of my followers or people reading my posts are from Inishowen (I could be wrong) so here is some of our family favourite things to do locally, some free, some not and the odd out of county place. I asked for my kid’s input into this one they know best.

Free trips

  1. Swan’s Park, Buncrana. Our very favorite place in the world. A place full of magic and imagination. My kid’s and I regularly head to Swans park with a picnic for dinner or lunch and enjoy the sound of the river, the trees and the birds. There is little magic fairy houses throughout and no matter how many times we’ve been, the kids always love to check them out. They also love to take a book from the little free library, they take a little book maybe read it there or take it home.
  2. The beach. We are extremely lucky, we live in a coastal area surrounded by beautiful beaches and coastlines so depending on our mood we can go to a sandy beach, a drive on beach or a beach with grass. It’s just so easy to pack all the stuff and head away let little imaginations run wild. Making sand castles and looking for sea life. I must admit though I hate the clean up at home time and the sand everywhere. Little tip bring talc powder it is magic for getting the sand off.
  3. Dunree military museum. Now there is a charge to enter the museum but its free to walk around the grounds and there is a mountain of exploration within the grounds. Big guns and army tanks with lots old buildings for you to explore. It’s so cool especially if you have an army mad boy or girl. Plus might I add the views are out of this world, we had our wedding pictures taking in Dunree and they are amazing.
  4. Malin Head the tip-top of Ireland. Of course I have to include a trip to Malin, we live so far north it’s nearly a shame not to head here once. Its natural, not populated and full of wilderness. Something wonderful up there feeling on top of the world. Plus if you have a star wars fan no better place to visit.
  5. Inch wildfowl reserve. Beautiful, peaceful and not very well-known. You can see ducks, swans and lots of lovely birds up there again surrounded by magnificent beauty. You can even walk across the Swilly lake over to Inch Island from Burt. While your up that direction, take a trip to no 6.
  6. An Grianán fort. Century’s old this old fort is amazing, built from stone in a circle again with views all over Donegal and Derry. It is aw inspiringly beautiful. Somewhere new and exciting for the kid’s to explore and learn a little history too.
  7. St Columbs Park, Derry. I haven’t been but Tegan has and she says its fantastic, lots of lovely walk ways and the best play park in the world, with a zip line. I actually must head there for a day.
  8. Inishowen 100. You could pack the car and head off for the whole day, visit lots of beautiful places, the Inishowen 100 route is sign posted the whole way and you can see some class places and visit some cool places. Like the smallest house in Ireland in Malin, apparently an old lady used to let sailors stay in her house built into the rocks. You really must visit.
  9. Day trip on the ferry to Rathmullan. Ok so the Ferry may not be free but if you check the Facebook page here they sometimes have FREE kid’s travel days like today. There is a wonderful play park just as you get off the boat and the beach is just beautiful. It’s a small little village but beautiful and the kid’s will love the boat trip over.
  10. Greencastle. Another lovely little village on the water front. It’s an exciting place, a fishing village. It’s surrounded with fishing boats and commotion, there is also a Planetarium & maritime museum you can pop in for a wee visit. You can also hop on the Foyle ferry and head of over to the North of Ireland for another wee trip to see some more spectacular sites like the Giants causeway, Barrys amusements or if you’re a Game of Thrones fan check out The Dark Hedges.

Not free but worth the price

  1. Lurgybrack open farm. A wonderful gem of a place just outside Letterkenny. You can spend hours here. Petting animals, riding tractor trains, rallying your own tractor around a track or simply just hanging by the play area. There is even a huge indoor bouncy castle area for those dreaded bad days which we seem to have had a lot at the end of July

2. Oakfield Park Raphoe I recently wrote a blog on this you can check that out Here, explains how wonderful this place is.

3. Creggan country park. Ok I haven’t been here yet but dying to go, looks like so much fun. There is an inflatable water park full of slides and obstacle courses, kayaking and pier jumping. The prices are fairly cheap, looks like great fun for the older kid’s including mammy and daddy

4. Leisureland Redcastle. A great place to visit on rainy days. it’s like an indoor fun fair, with some very cool rides for children. Boat rides, rally driving and horse carousel are only a few. There is a lovely café also.

5. Brunswick Moviebowl Derry. Another great rainy day place to head and the choice here is endless. Bowling, Cinema or bananas so much to do for the kiddies. There are lots of machines like a mini Las Vegas and they collect tokens to pick their own prize. My kid’s love going here as do I, the food is fantastic and its great value.

6. Dunlewey. I swore when I was twelve, when I had kid’s I would take them here so where are we headed the next week? Dunlewy. It’s a historic centre, with little cottages and you are told stories of old Ireland and see how they did weaving. You also get a boat tour on the lake with wonderful views of Mount Errigal. There is a great play centre again with zip wires, climbing frames and paddle boats.

7.Ulster american folk park is an outdoor history museum with live stories of emigration and Irish folk-lore. Great wee place for a history lesson

8. Tayto park. It’s on every kid’s bucket list I am sure. We haven’t been yet and don’t think we will visit until after school returns as we have a busy few weeks ahead, but we can not wait. Irelands own theme park

9. Tropical world, Letterkenny is a mini zoo with butterflies, snakes & insects. Tropical world is 80% under cover so great for rainy days as well. Kid’s even get to hold and feed some of the animals.

10. Belfast Zoo ok so if Tropical world in Letterkenny had the kids excited and they are fascinated with animals then perhaps plan a big day trip to Belfast zoo and see all the wonderful animals there. They will be so excited.

Hope I helped a little, If you have any other suggestions let me know, our bucket list just keeps on growing and we are loving it. I can also recommend many other activities like horse riding, swimming, hill climbing etc if I haven’t already listed them and your stuck let me know.

Jade the farmer’s wife


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