Family Trip (7 day Itinerary)

Family Trip (7 day Itinerary)

Day 1

Morning:

The adventure begins at Rathbeggan Lakes and Family Fun Park near Dunshaughlin.  There’s a wide range of activities to suit all ages; fishing, Airsoft Wargames, Inflatable Park with giant slide, pet farm, picnic area and much more, see www.rathbegganlakes.com.

Lunch:

After the busy morning head up to the Hill of Tara for a relaxing picnic and one of the best views the Boyne Valley has to offer.

Afternoon:

After lunch make your way towards the medieval town of Trim. Bective Abbey is a worthwhile stop on this short trip. On arriving in Trim where you’ll spend that night you might want to let the kids get their hands dirty at Dig It Kids (www.digitkids.ie). They can take part in a real life archaeological dig and discover the rich history that Trim has to offer. Meanwhile Mum and Dad can take the opportunity to relax at the Spa in the Knightsbrook Hotel.

Dinner:

Trim has plenty to offer with many restaurants and pubs.

Evening:

After dinner the whole family can enjoy exploring Trim Castle and the Trim Historic Trail along the banks of the Boyne. Echo Gate along the trail will provide fun for all ages as you hear the crystal clear echo of whatever you shout, but remember you won’t be the only one to hear it.

 

Day 2

Morning:

After a hearty breakfast in Trim be sure to take one last look at the wonderful townscape before you make your way to Athboy. The Hill of Ward is best experienced in early morning fog if you’re lucky. This eerie Hill is the birth place of modern day Halloween. It’s worth your while to plan a trip here around the Spirits of Meath festival, see www.spiritsofmeath.ie for more. From Athboy you’ll continue north to Oldcastle where you can explore Loughcrew Gardens and Adventure Course (www.loughcrew.com) before tackling the gentle slopes of the Loughcrew Hills to investigate the many passage tombs.

Lunch:

Grab a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Oldcastle.

Afternoon:

Heading towards Kells now you will find Girley Bog. Discover the fascinating habitat of an Irish Raised Bog for yourself or perhaps the family would prefer to organise a guided tour with Meath Eco Tours at www.meathecotours.com and learn more about Ireland’s native species and the folklore that surrounds them.

From Girley Bog it’s a short trip to Kells where you’ll spend the night. Be sure to enjoy all the monastic sites in Kells on the Historic Trail and check out www.kellsexperience.ie for tour details.

Dinner:

For dinner check out the restaurants Kells has available.

Evening:

End your busy day with a relaxing drink in one of Kells many fine pubs or perhaps if the Irish weather permits you could enjoy the sunset on the Hill of Lloyd.

 

Day 3

Morning:

Eat a good breakfast because you’ll need the energy for a morning on Causey Farm (www.causey.ie) where you can try your hand at; brown bread making, Ceili dancing, the Irish drum, sugan rope making, hurling, milking a cow, turf cutting and working a sheepdog.

Lunch:

Enjoy a traditional lunch on the farm before heading south towards Navan for the night.

Afternoon:

In Navan you might want to take advantage of an opportunity to relax while the kids enjoy indoor action such as karting, paintball and Laser Tag at The Zone (www.thezone.ie) or maybe take in a matinee at the Solstice Arts Centre (www.solsticeartscentre.ie).

Dinner:

Navan has an excellent choice of restaurants and bars.

Evening:

After dinner why not take a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Boyne at the Ramparts and enjoy the rivers flora and fauna. Don’t miss out on some live music and craic in the pubs!

 

Day 4

Morning:

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before embarking on the short trip to the pleasant village of Slane. Make a brief stop on the way at Donaghmore Round Tower. Continue through Slane to the nearby Newgrange Farm (www.newgrangefarm.com) where all the family can enjoy feeding the animals.

Lunch:

Take pleasure in a picnic lunch on the farm and don’t worry they even have an indoor picnic area for those rainy days.

Afternoon:

It’s on to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Newgrange at the Brú na Bóinne Interpretive Centre. Take guided tours of Newgrange and Knowth or perhaps you’d prefer to explore Dowth for yourselves. If you still have a thirst for Irish history carry on to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and see the site of Ireland’s greatest battle.

Dinner:

Return to Slane and choose from some renowned restaurants in the village and surrounding areas.

Evening:

After dinner you might like to take the easy trek up the Hill of Slane with a playground along the way for the kids. Take in the stunning views of the Boyne Valley at the summit just as St. Patrick did all those years ago.

 

Day 5

Morning:

Your first stop in Drogheda should be Funtasia Waterpark (www.funtasia.ie), Ireland’s premier indoor entertainment centre. Along with the excellent aquatic facilities there are plenty of other activities if you don’t fancy getting your feet wet.

 

 

Lunch:

Make your way into the beautiful town of Drogheda for a light lunch in one of its many cafés.

Afternoon:

Following lunch take time to explore this wonderful medieval town where you will be based for the remainder of your stay. A walk around Drogheda will wet your appetite for the trip to close by Old Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice. Guided tours of the ruins are provided at both sites. They give great insight into life at two of Ireland’s most celebrated monasteries.

Dinner:

For dinner check out some of the many restaurants in Drogheda.

Evening:

There’s a bustling nightlife in Drogheda and you’re sure to find some live entertainment whether it be in the Droichead Arts Centre (www.droicheadartscentre.com), the TLT Theatre (www.thetlt.ie) or one of the towns many fine pubs and venues.

 

Day 6

Morning:

Get up early and be sure to check the weather because Drogheda is the perfect place to visit the beautiful beaches of the Boyne Valley. Only short drives away are the beaches of Bettystown and Laytown to name but a few.  A morning visit to Millmount Museum or Beaulieu House and Gardens is well worth your while on the way to the beach.

Lunch:

No holiday is complete without a sandy picnic or maybe you’d like some traditional fish and chips.

Afternoon:

You may wish to spend the whole afternoon on the beach but there’s more to Bettystown than just the sea and sand. Funtasia fairground (www.funtasia.ie) just across from the beach has plenty of rides and bowling to keep you and all the family entertained.

 

Dinner:

You may wish to spend the evening in the area so check out the restaurants and pubs for grub.

Evening:

Once you’re back in Drogheda the choice is yours whether or not to sample the town’s nightlife again or maybe stay in and clean up all that sand you dragged back from the beach.

 

Day 7

It’s your last morning in the Boyne Valley so be sure to enjoy the views of the beautiful river in Drogheda before embarking on one last adventure. Tayto Park in Ashbourne is the perfect end to your family holiday. With over 100 attractions there’s something for all the family here. Visitors get to explore The Tayto Sky Walk, The Superhero Training Wall, The Tayto Air Jumpers in The Eagle Sky Adventure Zone and much more, see www.taytopark.ie for details.

Alternatively to Tayto Park why not bring the family to Fairyhouse Cookery School for a fun way to learn some simple dishes that the family can enjoy long after the holiday. Be sure to book in advance and check out the details of what’s on offer at www.fairyhousecookeryschool.com.

The magical Boyne Valley holiday is over but the memoires will live long and the whole family can come back again next year.