Easy Breezy Nature Days
Plan your trip
This site is about getting outdoors - with fun, interesting, activities to try when out there.
But where should you go with time on your hands? If, like many of us, you are in the mood to explore- I recommend the following:
County council websites: Many have excellent online resources promoting places to explore in the county, info on upcoming events available through social media, and more. Meath, where I live, is an excellent example www.meath.ie
National Parks & Wildlife Service - Find Natural Parks & Nature Reserves to explore in Ireland.
Noticenature.ie: You will find an interactive map of national parks, nature reserves, educational centers, monuments and UNESCO sites to visit in Ireland.
Other useful resources:
DiscoverIreland.ie and FailteIreland.ie are excellent and also use local knowledge and shared info (like community pages) when it comes to exploring the countless hidden gems locally and in every county in Ireland.
Mystery Trails self guided adventures- explore towns near and far with these fun adventure packs. A great way to explore new towns and have some fun while out and about
A Mystery Trail is an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across Ireland with a self-guided themed walk. An easy-to-follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way.
Close to Home - Take on a garden project together
Brainstorm for ways to improve your outdoor space for kids and adults- from doorstep, balcony to back garden- and get busy revamping the space. This will be a bottomless well of inspiration for enjoying Time On Your Hands at home. From tidying, clear outs, painting, making flower beds, crafted props, gardening zones, play zones or relaxing zones- there's no end of ways to keep busy in the garden. And when you are done in your own outdoor space, maybe the communal open green spaces nearby would benefit from a revamp too.
Track down Nature's wonders
Take off in search of the nearest waterfall, cave, river walk, unexplored canal walk, highest point, lake, unexplored forest, open farm, cycling trail, dolmen, fort, castle ruins, abbey ruins or just explore as you go.
Close to Home- Get Making
Make a Walking Stick - A very useful companion for walks in the woods, through meadows or anywhere off road. This can be a handy little business for older kids and teenagers too. Check out the link to find out how.
A Trip to the Seaside
Wild swimming- check out one of the many blue flag beaches around Ireland for some full body connection to Nature. Be mindful of tides, currents and swim within flags on life guard patrolled beaches. Also take care with children on inflatable water toys or buggy boards - the National Coast Guard has warned inflatables are not suitable for inland or sea due to the high risk they pose to the public (children can float away). We only recommend sea swimming to very strong swimmers, especially if there is no life guard at the site. Swim Ireland have launched a new interactive map so you can now discover a new swim spot to enjoy https://swimspots.meandthewater.ie/
Birds of Prey
Visit a Birds of Prey Centre for a fun packed trip the kids will love. Search Falconry or Birds of Prey online for one of the many facilities nationwide with this attraction. Check out the link for the great center we visited in Co. Sligo and get to meet some cute animals too.
Close to Home - Get to know your area
Why not explore your local area on foot. Challenge everyone to find 3 news things they have never noticed before. Learn a cool trick to find North. The kids can map their area and work out where to position landmarks on it using their new direction trick.
Seaside Fossil Hunting
The coast is a prime spot for fossil hunting- get up close to the creatures who lived on Earth millions of year ago. Search around exposed rock layers, buffs or sea banks. Follow the guide attached to get started. Easkey Beach, Co. Sligo, to the right of the pier has the most awesome, giant, fossils trapped in time on the exposed rocks! Search online for other good coastal fossil spots. Take care and be mindful of tides, time of day and slippery surfaces too
A Trip to the Seaside
Rockpooling-It's simple: Bring your kids fishing nets, find a rock pool to explore and use this handy guide to get started. Be mindful of tides, currents and the time of day when by the sea.
Close to Home - Get into Gardening
Join a quick gardening online event and spend time working on your green finger outdoors. Or why not renovate an area of your garden as a hang out zone or hands on veg patch for your kids.
A Trip to the Seaside
Sunblock, Buckets, Spades, Picnic - Head for the coast. Use this fun Beach Scavenger Hunt for extra exploring. Give Rockpooling a try too- pack the kids fishing nets and you're off.
Visit a local market and try some local produce. Check out the link to find a market near you or search on line for more local markets. Also search for Farm Shops and markets online for locations of nearby sellers of vegetables, fruits, egg vending machines, book fairs and much more. Try http://www.countrymarkets.ie/ for further information.
Visit a Pet Farm or Open Farm
Plan a visit to connect with animals & wildlife. Kids love to spend time with the animals. Many open farms have great add on activities, and facilities too, to make it a great family day out.
20 Magical Irish Fairy Trails
There’s something magical about kids in search of fairies. Here you will find places to find magical fairy trails in Ireland. I can also recommend a really beautiful Fairy Trail, and scenic park, in Belvedere House & Gardens outside Mullingar- Well worth a stop off on a trip cross country or visit to the area.