The land of leprechauns, four leaf clovers and rainbows, Ireland is an amazing place for a family vacation. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any leprechauns or four leaf clovers and by the end of our 3 week Ireland road trip with kids, we had only seen one rainbow. While we expected the first two, the third one was a bit of a surprise, but regardless, we still found Ireland to be a phenomenal place to travel with kids.
The first step in figuring out what to pack for Ireland with kids is making a list of what you plan to see and do with kids in Ireland. Our 3 week Ireland itinerary with kids is packed full of ideas to create the perfect Ireland itinerary. If you are looking for a quick overview, read our best things to do in Ireland with kids.
Thanks to school holidays over the summer, we were able to pair up our 3 week Scotland road trip with kids with an equal amount of time in Ireland. Like many of our trips, we were very active during our time in Ireland looking for the best of the hikes and cycling we could do with kids.
With desolate windswept beauty, visiting Inishmore of the Irish Aran Islands is a popular day trip from Galway. And for good reason, there is a bit of everything on Inishmore (also known as Inis Mor), from prehistoric clifftop forts, to geological wonders to beautiful beaches.
We were drawn to the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland by stories of rugged coastlines, beautiful scenery and a charming fishing town. The reality lived up to the hype; this place is amazing and is one of the best places to visit in Ireland with kids or without.
We love hiking with the kids to the top of mountains. It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment for them to stand at the very top looking down on where they came from.
Belfast with kids? That’s a good question… To be honest, we didn’t know much about Belfast prior to visiting, but it turned out to be a pretty fun place to take the kids. There are lots of kid-friendly attractions including a giant kissable fish, the modern Titanic Belfast museum, Game of Thrones filming locations and much more.
Killarney National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It’s home to some of Ireland’s highest mountains and its largest remaining semi-natural woodlands. Nestled within this natural wonderland is a chain of beautiful lakes, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of family-friendly activities.
One of the best things to do in the Killarney National Park is the Gap of Dunloe. The Gap of Dunloe is an incredibly scenic, narrow mountain pass which separates the Purple Mountains from MacGillycuddy’s Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland).
We have always dreamed of cycling Ireland, but after we had kids, we figured we’d need to put the dream on hold until they were old enough. We are a very active family when traveling and we love the idea of a family cycling holiday, but we have often struggled to find a tour operator which has the right equipment and a family-friendly itinerary.