Father’s Day Adventures on Virgin Media One’s Elaine Show
It’s Father’s Day on June 20th so on this week’s Travel Tuesday we have great gift ideas for the Dad in your life. If he’s adventurous or prefers the quieter life we have something that will appeal to all the men in your life.
Why not try fishing on Lough Derg – I went there for the first time a couple of weeks ago and had the most amazing time. I didn’t realise that there was so much to do around Lough Derg and that it’s the second largest body of water in Ireland. I stayed in Tipperary at www.thecalvesfield.com/ a wonderful Air BnB that can take up to 8 people in comfort.
Paul Bourke from Irishfishingtours.com showed me everything I needed for a great day out. We set out from Garrykennedy and took in a tour with Ger Madden from Holy Island Boat Trips out of Mountshannon along the way. Lough Derg is especially good for Pike fishing and some fish weigh up to 35 pounds. The good news is the fish get their photos taken and then go back into the lough to be caught another day. Paul’s rates are €250 for a full day fishing. http://www.irishfishingtours.com
If you want to learn more about fishing options go to https://www.fisheriesireland.ie/
Check out my video of my trip to Lough Derg
Also in Lough Derg up at the top of the lake is Pallas Karting and race track…It’s a great day out for all the family. With two different courses you can try rally cars or go karts but a fun time is assured. Paintballing is also available on site so there is lots of adventure. They also offer special classes for learner drivers on the track. https://www.pallaskarting.com/ Our arms were exhausted after a thirty minute race so this is the ideal time for a first visit and the rate is €35pp
I love the area around north Cork and one of the nicest places to stay is at Longueville House –next week there is a special bird watching weekend to hear the dawn chorus. So if the man in your life is an ornithologist then this may well be the perfect treat for him. For more details see longuevillehouse. https://www.longuevillehouse.ie/
International Dawn Chorus Day is a worldwide celebration of nature’s greatest symphony – birdsong. The walk will be guided by Michael Cobley, Ornithologist expert, through Longueville Estate on Saturday morning – guests will meet at 4am for a quick coffee, brief orientation, and distribution of estate maps. The walk is interactive in private extensive surroundings, allowing participants to benefit from the guide’s time & attention.
Approximately 2.5 hours later, the group will return home to clean up and enjoy a hearty country house style breakfast. Price: From €730 total stay (based on two people sharing)
To Book: Contact Longueville House at 022 47156 or visit www.longuevillehouse.ie
For adrenaline junkies then Ballyhass has it all – you can go wakeboarding, ziplining, axe throwing and of course enjoy the waterpark.
Private Group Prices
One Activity Package U18€30 Adult€35, Two Activity Package U18€40 Adult€45
Three Activity Package U18€50 Adult€55
What about a great family day out at the IOAC – enjoy the Beserker assault course and lots of adventurous climbing things to do. The Berserker Viking Challenge Course is €16 per person per hour based on a min of 4 participants, High Ropes Park, Jacobs Ladder (also needs min a 4 people) and Crate Stacking are €20pp, Kayaking and Raft Building are 1.5 hours each and €25 x 1.5, Archery is €16 pp, and Axe Throwing is €80 per lane per hour (that includes up to six players on 2 targets). For more details visit https://www.ioac.ie/
Wexford is fantastic for families and there are so many great hotels. The Clayton Whites hotel is in a great location in the middle of Wexford town and is pretty busy this summer so you’d need to book quickly. Save €10 instantly per night when you sign up to Click on Clayton
Currently available for August midweek from €179 per night for 2 adults and 2 children sharing.
Think ahead to September and treat dad to a night away at the Riverside Park Hotel. A one night stay in September for two people including a bottle of prosecco is €89 total for B&B. The Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy is in the sunniest county in Ireland and I can really recommend it. Set on the River Slaney it is close to several courses but this golf package is tremendous value and includes the following, Bed and Breakfast and a round of Golf at Enniscorthy Golf Club and a three course dinner. All for the overnight price of €233 for two people. Riverside Park Hotel
The one stop shop for Sligo adventure is North West Adventure Tours. They run unique experiences like SUP to Sip. A craft beer tasting and stand up paddle experience, A bike to bath cycling and seaweed bath, dawn chorus paddles, Night hikes and much more. Have a browse here: https://
Island View Riding Stables
Island View Riding Stables offer a variety of scenic beach rides. Starting from a 30 minutes lead rein ride for small children right up to a 5 hours day trail for advanced riders. The favourite options for beginners and mixed level groups are the 1, 1.5 and 2 hour rides. The shorter rides are an ideal activity for families. All ages and levels of riding ability are catered for. Experienced riders can ride across the tidal lagoon to explore the stables private island on a 4 or 5 hour island trek with pub lunch or picnic on most of the long rides. Lessons for all levels of riders are available in the outdoor sand arena. At short notice, they recommend booking by phone. http://www.islandviewridingstables.com
Looking for somewhere to stay in Sligo is easy.
Clayton Sligo have family and adventure activities Currently available for August midweek from €599 for 3 nights for 2 adults and 2 children sharing
Golfing, fishing, surfing or just getting out in the fresh air, well here you are! Explore the wilds of North Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way, the stunning views of Dun Briste or stroll Enniscrone beach. All this is right on our doorstep and waiting for you to discover.
Hotel highlights: Outdoor Terrace for Al fresco dinning, Riverside Restaurant, Stunning River Views
Bed and Breakfast from €210 per room per night.
To book, visit www.icehousehotel.ie