Winner of the Georgina Campbell Family Friendly Destination of the Year Award 2017
Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannog, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland.
Brigit’s Garden is very family-friendly with a kids’ discovery trail, a natural playground and lots of opportunity to explore.
Take a 90 minute trip on a luxury boat for uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery on Killary fjord. The inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland and because of its sheltered nature, the waters are always calm. No seasickness – guaranteed!
Spacious inside and out. Café, bar and toilets on board. Pushchair and wheelchair accessible. A highly enjoyable trip for all ages and interests.
Let the team at Glengowla Mines lead you on a journey of discovery of how lead and silver were mined from the roots of the Connemara Mountains in the 1800’s. The constant dripping of water, the ‘miners breath’ and if you are brave enough - a moment of darkness will set the scene! Delve into the depths of Glengowla mines where you can explore the caverns of marble studded with lead and silver. Marvel at the rare and beautiful crystals of quartz and fluorite. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865.
Gold Panning at Glengowla
A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find!
Seismology at Glengowla
Not only will you enjoy guided tours of the mines, Glengowla is also home to a seismograph which is part of Ireland’s National Seismic Network. See how the seismograph works and how the impact of earthquakes can shake the earth world wide!
Working Farm Experiences at Glengowla
Glengowla is also working farm where you can visit the Connemara Ponies, meet the Bob the sheep dog, pet the lambs and for advanced group bookings sheep dog herding demonstrations and turf cutting demonstrations are available. Also take the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the farm along the old Connemara railway line and discover some of the local flora and fauna. Make a day of it and bring your own picnic!
At Loughwell Farm Park- whatever the weather –you'll find plenty to see and do with activities for all ages. We are one of the most popular attractions in the West of Ireland with acres of indoor and outdoor fun for all the family. There is no need to pre-book a day out at Loughwell Farm Park----just come along for a great day of family Fun!
Loughwell Farm Park has many friendly animals including pot bellied pigs, miniature ponies, sheep, goats, chickens and many more. All our guest love our daily list of animal activities which include the supervised feeding of the goats and cuddling the rabbits.
Loughwell Farm Park is a fun filled day of family entertainment and is jam packed full of fantastic activities for children and adults. We have over 12,000 square feet of indoor entertainment including our super indoor play structure with what we consider to be the best selection of slides in Ireland! We also have indoor skittle lanes, an indoor construction area and an indoor didi car track.
Outdoors , you can practice a putt on the mini golf course, drive the go karts, race against each other on the obstacle course, play in the huge timber covered sand pit, take a ride on the pony and trap and of course go for a spin around the farm on the famous barrel train!!
Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.
There is a lovely playground, and number of walking trails beginning at the Visitor Centre offer walkers a variety of scenic routes and nature trails through the park suitable for children. Stunning vistas from the 400-metre high Diamond Hill include the distant islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark, and the turreted Kylemore Abbey. The park is also home to Connemara ponies, red deer and an enormous variety of birdlife, including skylarks, stonechats and peregrine falcons.
Other remnants of times past include ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, ancient walls and Tobar Mweelin, a well which was formerly used to supply water to Kylemore Castle.
The Visitor Centre features include exhibitions, the ‘Man and the landscape’ multi-lingual audio visual show and tea room (seasonal). Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free of charge. A summer programme of guided walks and special events for younger visitors are also available at the Visitor Centre. Connemara is one of six such national parks in Ireland.
Joyce Country Sheepdogs is part of a family run farm located in Connemara on the West of Ireland. Joyce Country Sheepdogs offers you the opportunity to visit a working hill sheep farm and watch the Border Collie sheepdogs herding Connemara Blackface sheep. Border Collie sheepdogs and puppies are also available to buy.
Joe Joyce is the third generation of his family to farm sheep in the Joyce Country area. The farm is nestled between the Maumturk and Partry Mountains. Joe is delighted to share his love of sheep farming and dog handling with visitors, young and old alike.
Joyce Country Sheepdogs is highly recommended on Trip Advisor and they have had hundreds of happy visitors including some of Hollywood's elite.
Included in the farm visit are sheepdog demonstrations, a talk on hill sheep farming and a visit to the puppies (when available). There is also an opportunity to view sheep shearing demonstrations and don't forget to stop off to meet the donkeys.