Travel Tuesday: Ziplining in Ireland

Our last trip to Ireland brought together a large group of family from Boston, Italy, and Ireland, a lucky coincidence that meant that aside from my one brother-in-law, my husband had all of his siblings at home at once. That get together meant nine kids ranging from four to 14, so finding family activities that would be fun for everyone was key.

Ireland is a great place for family travel. From its wide open fields and beaches, to hotels and leisure centers with pools and amusements, to some of the new attractions popping up, like Tayto Park, there’s a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

We spent the day at ZipIt Forest Adventures in Lough Key, Roscommon, and I have to say it is the perfect place to burn off some energy.

Lough Key Adventure Park

You access the forest by driving under a beautiful old stone archway, and inside, it is truly an enchanting place, full of old trees, green grass, and multiple zip line courses.

 ziplining Once we got suited up with our safety harness and clips, we all went through a demonstration on how to clip and unclip and how to make our way through the various courses. Then we were off!

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I was kind of terrified at first, okay, for the entire time, especially when having to walk across rope bridges that swung back and forth with slats that were almost too far apart for me to reach. The course also had cargo netting, logs to walk on, and more.

Zip It Ireland

It turned out that the actual zipping part was the easiest, once I mustered up the courage to propel myself off of the platform. It was definitely fun to fly across the tree tops!

zipline adventure     Lough Key adventure park I decided to stick to the intermediate course and then found myself on solid ground to watch the others take on some of the more advanced challenges. The zip lines got higher, and the in between challenges got more scary, including a vertical climb up a swinging telephone pole.

ziplining in Ireland

While I waited for the daredevils to finish, I wandered around the forest, which felt truly magical. It was SO quiet and smelled green and earthy. It felt really serene and was a nice spot to spend some alone time.

Lough Key Zip It Even if you are not into ziplining, Lough Key Forest Park is a beautiful space for playing and picnicking. It offers a large playground, lake with paddle boats, cafe, gift shop, and more.

Lough Key Adventure Park

Lough Key

It’s just another example of Ireland’s beauty and has something that the whole family can enjoy if you are planning family travel in Ireland.

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  1. Jenna at Boston Chic Party’s avatar

    Looks like so much fun- I have always wanted to go zip-lining!


  2. Kat Caprice’s avatar

    Looks like you had a great time! I did a similar adventure day in England called Go Ape and had a blast. It’s nice to be able to escape the city :) Thanks for sharing! Kat x


  3. Daisy’s avatar

    I didn’t realize how big your extended family is! what a fun adventure, although I admit I have turned down the experience to zip line in the past – just not my cup of tea….


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