• Tipperary

    Tipperary Trails

    Tipperary County Council kindly shared this great brochure of Tipperary Trails. A copy of the brochure can be found here. Some great ones to get you out and about. I will do more detailed individual posts on some of the trails in the future but for now, I hope ye enjoy this.

  • Buggy Friendly,  Ireland's Ancient East

    Lough Boora Discovery Park

    Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. These sculptures give the park an other-worldly feel, created using the old industrial materials of the bog such as locomotives, rail-line and timber, all crafted into magnificent works of art. The park is in a continuous state of flux depending on the season. Birds depart or arrive, breed and rear their young. Plants flower and fungi appear and disappear, while the resident animals go about their lives.…

  • Cork

    Beachwalk : Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Cork

    Inchydoney Beach is a beautiful blue flag beach just 10 minutes from Clonakilty Town in Cork. Inchydoney itself is a small island, long connected to the mainland by two causeways. This is a lovely beach to take a short walk on, anytime of the year. As the beach is quite sandy, it would not be very buggy friendly for a walk. The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (link) also overlooks the beach, so this is a great option for a walk for its residences. There is a car park a short walk from the beach ( location shown below).

  • Laois

    Laois Walks Festival (Guest Post)

    Guest post by Peter Maher. Thanks, Peter. Laois walks festival commenced on Sunday the 1st of July with a walk around the picturesque Derryounce Lakes and bogland in Portarlington. Now in its 17th year, the festival offers the opportunity for walkers to experience all that Laois has to offer with 27 guided walks throughout the county with varying difficulty during the month of July. The festival offers walks that are designed to encourage you to get out and explore the countryside and the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The scenic walks are varied; through woodland, over pastoral lands and along country laneways. For those who are interested in completing a pilgrim passport…

  • Buggy Friendly

    The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

    The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin is a brilliant place to visit. It is free to enter the gardens and is a great place to go for a walk. The gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and are today in State ownership through the Office of Public Works. They hold 20,000 living plants and many millions of dried plant specimens. There are several architecturally notable greenhouses (from wiki). The gardens have a cafe and restaurant on site and plenty to see. Here are some photos from a recent trip. By the way, it is right next to the Glasnevin Cemetery so you could always…

  • Buggy Friendly,  Galway

    Connemara National Park – Diamond Hill Walks

    The Connemara National Park is 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It has a visitor’s centre located in Letterfrack and from this center you can easily do a number of walking trails of Diamond Hill. This allows you to enjoy the scenery of part of this fantastic national park. Not all the trails are buggy-friendly so ask at the centre. Along with the Diamond Hill trails, the visitor’s centre also has a children’s playground, picnic areas and a tea room. It is also only about 10 minutes drive from Kylemore Abbey, another fantastic place to visit. For more information, see http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie The carpark to the visitor’s centre is…

  • Buggy Friendly,  Ireland's Ancient East,  Waterford

    Waterford Greenway

    The Waterford Greenway (or Déise Greenway) opened in March of 2017 and offers 46km of off-road cycling and walking trails from Waterford City to Dungarvan. While we concentrate on walking and hiking at takeahike.ie, cycling the greenway is highly recommended and bikes can be rented from a number of companies such as: Greenway Waterford Bike Hire The Greenway Man Waterford Greenway Bike Hire The map and images below are taken from waterfordcouncil.ie (WaterfordGreenway2017Map) From the Waterford City side of the Greenway, the start is shown below.

  • Buggy Friendly

    Bushy Park, Dublin

    Bushy Park is a large park in Terenure, Dublin that stretches to the borders of Rathfarnham and Templeogue. The wooded area to the south of the park is particularly beautiful with the River Dodder running alongside it. The park is a great place to take a walk and has a children’s playground and a duck pond.

  • Buggy Friendly

    Merrion Square

    Merrion Square is a great green space in the centre of the city. The Georgian square is surrounded on three sides by Georgian redbrick houses along with the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland (both are free to enter). It contains the National Memorial to members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State. There are also some sculptures such as the Joker’s Chair in memory Dermot Morgan. There is also a playground in the square and every Sunday the Open-Air Art Gallery is held on the external railings of the square (www.merrionart.com). Some photos below. Check it out for yourself some day.