Looking for a bucket list adventure that the whole family can enjoy? Exciting family holidays can be hit or miss — and a lot depends on the destination itself. From folklore to pirates, dolphins to goats, ghosts to leprechauns, Ireland is brimming with a rich and varied history that will intrigue the whole family.
Check out these 10 unique ways to explore Irish culture and traditions, interact with nature and meet local storytellers and adventurers. It’s a good, old-fashioned way to experience Ireland.
1. Ahoy, Matey! Treasure Hunts and Pirate Castles on Clare Island
What child doesn’t dream of finding pirates or lost treasure? In 15th century Ireland, Galway Bay and Clew Bay were under the control of the infamous Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. Participate in an exciting treasure hunt on nearby Clare Island, following clues to locate an old pirate’s map. Decipher the map to solve the puzzles, leading to the buried treasure at the end. Then, visit the Pirate Queen’s castle yourselves. For adventurous families, hop on a kayak to explore the Pirate Queen’s empire on the water.