Ireland: A Family Adventure
Dublin, Ardmore, Kerry, Clare
- 9 nights
- from $4800 Per person
Ireland is a magical destination to travel through with children of all ages, and this fabulous family adventure that includes castles, ghosts and plenty of active outdoor adventures will have you all crowing very happily when you get back home.
At a Glance
Designed entirely around family-friendly experiences and hotels
Packed with fun adventures from horse riding on the beach to looking for ghosts in a haunted library
Enjoy the services of a top private driver-guide throughout
Learn the art of falconry while staying in a medieval castle
Experiences can be adapted to suit the ages of your children
With its prehistoric monuments and crumbling monasteries, green hills and wild shoreline, winding roads and even more winding tales of the faerie folk, Ireland has all the ingredients necessary to capture a child’s imagination. When you add the chance to go horse riding or surfing on a deserted beach, learn archery and falconry, or look for ghosts in a haunted library, what kid wouldn’t want to go? This fabulous family adventure to Ireland will let your children boast about sleeping in a medieval castle and kayaking in search of dolphins as, with the help of your own friendly private driver guide, you explore Ireland together from East to West.
Beginning with three nights in Dublin at the stylish Merrion Hotel, there’s a ton of things for families to enjoy in Ireland’s capital and cultural heart. Wander along the cobbled paths of Trinity College to discover its world-famous sixth-century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells; stroll past the street performers on Grafton Street to St. Stephen’s Green, where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride; learn a few steps of Irish dancing at The Irish House Party; and visit the Marsh Library, unchanged from the eighteenth century, where you can try out your ‘olde worlde’ handwriting skills with a quill and ink, and even follow a spooky children’s trail in search of the ghost of a long-dead archbishop!
Come evening, we can arrange a private dinner for you and your family, attended by a seannachie, or traditional Irish bard, to regale you with tales of one-eyed club-wielding giants, magical cauldrons and swan goddesses from Ireland’s extraordinarily rich mythology.
Heading south through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, we’ve suggested next a stay in Ardmore on the Waterford coast. Here the luxurious Cliff House Hotel makes a superb base for exploration.
If you want to be active, you can explore the coast in a sea kayak looking for dolphins as you go, try your hand at surfing and sailing, and gallop a horse along the beach, while Mum and Dad can enjoy the fine dining and sumptuous spa treatments.
Calling in on Blarney Castle where, if your children need the gift of the gab, they can kiss the famous stone, your next destination is Kerry, where the family-friendly Park Hotel in Kenmare is the perfect place to rest in between your adventures. Kerry’s wild and beautiful landscapes of lake, mountain and rugged coastline are a feast for the eyes and a hotspot for adventure activities from marine safaris and canoeing to walking and horse riding. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Kerry in early-middle August, then don’t forego the chance to go to the Puck Fair whose three days of merrymaking have origins that are lost in the mists of antiquity.
For your last stay, we’ve suggested a real highlight– the amazing medieval Dromoland Castle, seat of the O’Brien clan who can trace their lineage back to Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland. As a base for exploring the West of Ireland, Dromoland could not be bettered, being close to the geological wonders of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, as well as the cities of Galway and Limerick.
There are so many activities available on the estate, however, that you may well be tempted not to leave. Family-friendly pursuits range from fishing, horse riding and archery to clay pigeon shooting, tennis and cycling. Before we take you to nearby Shannon Airport, however, there’s one thing you absolute must do, and that is to learn the ancient art of falconry. As you handle these majestic and beautiful birds, you will gain a uniquely fitting and memorable insight into the lives of the noble High Kings of Ireland.
Location & Directions
Dublin, Ardmore, Kerry, Clare
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.