A family trip to Ireland is sure to create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. The Emerald Isle enchants visitors of all ages with its lush green landscape and castles that inspire legends. And many of Ireland’s castles and ruins are open for exploration! While parents will love immersing themselves in the history and culture, kids can’t help but transport themselves to the time of kings and knights. Spend your days visiting Celtic and early Christian ruins, cycling in the countryside of Kerry and Clare, or driving along the stunning rugged coast of Connemara.
The Merrion, Dublin: The Merrion loves to welcome younger guests and does everything possible – from providing in-room amenities to arranging exciting daytime activities – to ensure that they have a memorable stay. The city centre location of the hotel in the heart of Georgian Dublin, and in close proximity to Merrion Square and its playground, is ideal for junior visitors. As a family-friendly luxury hotel, The Merrion offers a babysitting service, cots, extra beds and a special junior room service menu served on bespoke Miss and Master Merrion crockery.
The staff in the Tethra Spa welcome children for a swim in the pool, providing mini-bathrobes for extra cuddly comfort, while the bar managers shake up delicious ‘mocktails’. With facilities to suit babies, toddlers and early teens, The Merrion is the ideal choice for a family break in Dublin.
The Europe Hotel & Resort, Dunloe: Located overlooking the famous Lakes of Killarnet this hotel is perfect for families seeking outdoor activities in a beautiful location. Facilities for children include complimentary horse riding on the hotel’s own Haflinger Ponies, an Activity Level including a 20 metre pool, outdoor playground and two tennis courts. Kayaking, boating and fishing can also be organised.
Jaunting Cart: Board your waiting jaunting cart for a six-mile mountain ride between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain to Brandon Cottage. If you wish you can have a light lunch at Brandon’s Cottage before taking a boat down river and across the lake to Ross Castle, taking in the most glorious of all Killarney’s scenery. The Old Weir Bridge links Killarney’s Upper Lake and Lough Leane and Muckross Lake at a place called the Meeting of the Waters. The trip finishes at Ross Castle which dates from the 15th century, and was the stronghold of the local chieftains, the O’Donoghue. It was the last castle to surrender to the Roundheads during the Cromwellian wars.
Childrens Cooking Class: Within a half hour drive of Dublin enjoy a cooking school with a difference. Based in Clonee this cooking experience has been designed with children in mind. Perfect for families staying in the area, every detail has been thought through from colourful utensils to lower than usual height work stations. Even when the cookies are in the oven partake in games, arts and food themed quizzes while you wait.
For more information about family travel to Ireland with A&K, contact your Brownell Travel Advisor.