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Day trips in Meath

DAY TRIPS

Loughcrew House and Gardens

Once part of the lands belonging to the Plunkett family, Loughcrew has a rich history and is home to Loughcrew Cairns, the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. Loughcrew House and Gardens is an ideal place for day trips with its stunning gardens, coffee shop, historic buildings, adventure course and gilding school. The gardens are an intriguing place to take a walk through gardening and archaeological history. Loughcrew will enchant everyone who visits it. Loughcrew House and Gardens are a 10 minute drive from Clonabreany House and special offers are available for Clonabreany House guests. Find out more at: www.loughcrew.com

 

Causey Farm

Causey Farm is a family-run, fun based venue for a variety of entertainment, tourism and educational programs. They provide interactive cultural experiences in a friendly atmosphere for Irish and international groups, as well as fantastic family events for families and individuals. Their educational programs have an interactive, 'Hands-On' focus, visitors get to participate in all activities. For international tourists - learn about live Irish culture the fun way! Dance a jig, play the bodhrán, cut turf in a bog, bake brown soda bread, see a sheepdog at work and more! Find out more at: www.causey.ie

 

Grove Open Farm & Gardens

Grove Gardens consists of four acres of gardens outside Kells, County Meath and features the clematis walk containing over 300 species of small and large flowered hybrids and herbaceous climatic. The rose garden has over 400 plants of French, English and modern roses. The tropical bird garden and mini zoo is a recent addition to Grove Gardens. A large variety of exotic and rare breeds of birds are housed in purpose built aviaries designed to become part of the gardens and create a unique setting for such a facility.

 

The Dillon family have lived at the Grove since the 1700 and farmed mostly cattle and sheep. They were originally tenants of the Rothwell estate. Grove Garden host special children?s events at Easter, Halloween, and Christmas. Contact Grove Garden for further details and opening hours on (046) 9434276. Find out more at: www.grovegardensandopenfarm.com

 

Mullaghmeen Forest Park

Mullaghmeen, a 20 minute drive from Clonabreany House, is an isolated area of forest rising above the farm land of north Westmeath. Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, within its 400 ha of forest it also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection. This is well worth a stop on the Mullaghmeen Summit Trail / Red Trail. The summit of Mullaghmeen provides magnificent views north across Lough Sheelin and into the neighbouring county of Cavan.

 

The forest, once an out farm belonging to a Lord Gradwell, has many examples of mans former impacts on the landscape. Following the ?White Trail?, one passes relic walls of famine fields. A Bool?y Hut, a summer grazing shelter, is just off the Red Walk / Mullaghmeen Summit Trail, while the Flax Pits show that this important crop for the linen industry was once harvested and cured in this area. The area has an extensive network of marked trails for varying levels of fitness. Find out more at: www.coillteoutdoors.ie

 

The Zone - Extreme Activity Centre , Navan

The Zone, at Unit 1-2 Mullaghboy Industrial Estate, Navan, houses Indoor Karting, Ireland?s largest indoor paintball arena 28,000sq feet, Outdoor Paintball, Archery, Pool Tables, Air Hockey Tables, Simulators, and Computer Games. Coffee, lunch and refreshments are available in The Zone cafe. Find out more at: www.thezone.ie

 

Fennor 4x4 Off - Roading Adventure, Fennor House, Oldcastle

Fennor 4x4 provides exhilarating and incredible challenges for individuals or party groups with its 4x4 course, JCB Fastrac driving or Extreme 4x4 course. They specialise in individual drivers and also in corporate entertainment and training for employees whose role frequently involves rescue/repair in hazardous conditions. Fennor 4x4 is situated 2 minutes from Oldcastle, and 15 minutes from Clonabreany House. Find out more at: www.fennor4x4.com

 

Tullynally Castle & Gardens, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath

Tullynally has been the home of the Pakenhams' later Earls of Longford, for over 350 years. The original 17th century fortified house was remodelled first as a comfortable Georgian mansion, then as a huge rambling gothic revival castle in the early survive in private hands. The gardens, like the castle are on a magnificent scale, taking in nearly 12 hectares. Terraced lawns around the castle overlook superb 18th century parkland. The adjoining woodland gardens and walled gardens date largely from the early 19th century and encompass a grotto of eroded limestone from nearby Lough Derravaragh and two ornamental lakes. The present owners have added a Chinese garden, complete with pagoda and a Tibetan garden of waterfalls and streams; and a local sculptor has made fantastic woodcarvings in existing roots and trees. The walled gardens have extensive flower borders and an avenue of magnificent 200 year old Irish yews. For children, there is also an Adventure Trail leading to the lower lake, and for those who wish to take the gardens more slowly, there is an assortment of delightful, ornamental summer houses and seats, each offering a different view. Find out more at: www.tullynallycastle.com