Tried and tested by Aoife @familywalksire (IG & Twitter)
Buggy Friendly rating: 5/10
This was my first ever parkrun which I completed in January 2016. Ardgillan parkrun starts behind the castle (beside the toilets). The run takes you through mainly forest trail (which requires a sturdy buggy) but also some very stoney/bumpy paths which I didn’t feel were very buggy-friendly but I certainly got a great workout! The kiddies seem to enjoy it at the time too!
The final stretch takes you up a steep hill (which feels like Mount Everest when pushing a double buggy). Needless to say the encouragement from the wonderful volunteers and fellow runners is so uplifting especially just when you need it. Even though I completed this course a few years ago I’ll never forget the feeling of finishing it and experiencing all the positivity and community spirit that surrounds Parkrun events.
Facilities, cafes and playgrounds:
There’s a cafe in the castle, an amazing playground, a fairy trail and walled gardens on the grounds also. Needless to say Argillan is such a beautiful place to explore with stunning views over Skerries and Balbriggan.
Such an uplifting experience. Not sure I’d recommend it for buggies(depending on how sturdy your buggy is of course). Perhaps best to walk this one with a buggy but would love to hear from anyone else who’s done it with a buggy, especially more recently than me.
Location: Glenbower Wood, Killeagh, Cork
Path: Generally buggy-friendly (but not all of it) Continue reading
Location: Knockma Woods, Caherlistrane (5km from Tuam) Co. Galway
Path: Tarmac path from the entrance (500m approx), forest trail, steep incline and stoney path at the summit, looped walk (Highly recommend a sturdy buggy – this is a hillside walk) Continue reading
SLIGO YOU BEAUTY!
Location: Knocknarea, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Path: A) Steps from the Rugby Club side B) From The Glen car park – hill-side C) Base trail – gravel path Continue reading
Not for buggies
Location: Ravensdale Forest near Jonesborough (8km north of Dundalk)
Path: Ravensdale Loop – Forest path, steep inplaces, looped, not buggy-friendly Continue reading
FROSTY RECEPTION AT TOWNLEY HALL
Location: Townley Hall, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Path: Short accessible road up to the main entrance to the house (no accesss beyond this point) Continue reading
A PEACEFUL BATTLEGROUND
Location: Oldbridge House, 3km north of Donore Village, Co. Louth
Path: Tarmac path – linear, grass trail (sturdy buggy recommended) Continue reading
A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY
Location: Russborough House, Co. Wicklow
Path: Forest trail, grass trail (not all buggy-friendly) Continue reading
FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUT NOT BUGGY-FRIENDLY
Location: Sonairte, Visitor Eco Centre & Gardens, Laytown, Co. Meath
Path: Nature trail (not buggy-friendly) Continue reading
DRAMATIC LAKESIDE WALK
Location: Dromore Woods, located in the southeast of the Burren, Co. Clare just outside the small village of Ruan.
Parking: Free car park within the grounds (note the road leading to the car park is very long) Continue reading