Making the most of the winter holidays

Hopefully the turkey sandwiches are now a thing of the past but I’m sure ‘I’m bored’ is a well used term in most households – probably from the adults ;). Here are just a few ideas to keep the family entertained throughout the holidays.

These ideas cover Sligo and surrounding counties.

Explore Ireland with Abarta Heritage Audio guides. Most are free to download, you can find out more here:

Go on a real life treasure hunt. Geocaching is great fun for all ages. Using your GPS enabled device you navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

 Parkrun. A 5km timed run every Saturday morning. You need to register to take part but it’s free.

Get the stories behind the places from locals and visitors with Storytracks or add your own with their free app:

Visit Wild Ireland, Co. Donegal
Step back in time into an ancient woodland inhabited by extinct creatures to experience some of Ireland’s ancient lost wildlife. Walk among the ancient trees and encounter Bears, Wolves, Lynx and Wild Boar on your journey through the past.

Go on an adventure.  Adventure Sligo has adventures that run all year round. Check them out here.

Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. A great day out for all the family and free.

Go walking.

The Sligo Walks website is brilliant for highlighting some of the fabulous walks we have here in Sligo. My personal favourites are the Caves of Keash – but do mind your footing as it’s very narrow in places. Also the Devils Chimney, a fantastic waterfall that blows upwards when it’s windy.
Mayo Walks also has a website. There are some fantastic walks all around Erris but for quirkiness head to Claremorris – The Land of the Giants at Clare Lake. Belleek Woods in Ballina have a lovely walk, you can see the Ice House and more as well as the fairy trail.
Donegal Walks. There’s a gorgeous little ‘fairy trail’ in Donegal town. If you are energetic head to Slieve League.
Leitrim Walks. Miners Way (which also takes in Roscommon) looks fab. There’s a lovely walk at Fowley’s Falls near The Organic Centre. There’s also Troll Wood near Parkes Castle.
Irish Trails have a great website for walks all over the country.
Roscommon Trails. A lovely selection of walks on the Visit Roscommon website.

Visit an Art Gallery

  (do check the opening times though) –
Sligo: The ModelHamilton GalleryHyde Bridge Gallery.
Leitrim: The Dock, SolasLeitrim Sculpture Centre.
Mayo: Linenhall,  Ballina Arts Centre,

See a Show

Donegal: Abbey CentreBalor Arts CentreAn Grianan,
Sligo: Hawk’s Well Theatre
Roscommon: Roscommon Arts Centre
Leitrim: The Dock
Mayo: LinenhallBallina Arts Centre

Get your Skates on

Mayo – Castlebar

Go swimming in Sligo


Roscommon – Strokestown ParkArigna Mining Experience (not just a museum but a tour into the mines), Rathcroghan – home of Halloween!
Mayo – Museum of Country Life, just outside Castlebar in Mayo. (free admission)
Jackie Clarke Collection, Ballina, Co. Mayo


Mack’s Amusements, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Kidz Kingdom, Mulvey Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim.


Carrick Cineplex, Leitrim
Omniplex, Sligo
Eclipse, Bundoran and Lifford, Donegal
IMC, Ballina, Mayo
Mayo Movie World
Omniplex, Roscommon

Indoor Play Centres

Sligo: Waterpoint EnniscroneHappy DaysFive Star FunFunny Bones, 
Leitrim: Kidz Kingdom at the Mulvey Centre Carrick-on-Shannon
Mayo: Tumble Jungle Ballina, Mayo Leisure Point Castlebar
Donegal: Amusements in Bundoran, Dizzy’s DenDizzy Rascals 
Roscommon: Upsie Daisies 

So there are just some suggestions of things to do. Not a comprehensive guide by any means but a few ideas. ? Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to recommend.

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