Where to Walk Off Your Christmas Dinner

Plummeting temperatures and shorter days lead to less time outdoors. Pent up energy bursting to get out can only lead to one thing: a severely stressed household. So, what can we do about it? Get out into the great Galway countryside for a walk with loved ones this Christmas and work off your festive dinner.

RINVILLE PARK


An old castle, picnic area and a former orchard now childrens playground are just some of the features at Rinville Park just outside Oranmore village, County Galway. It offers kms of walks through woods, an open park area and by the sea.

Rinville Park was once a stately home and a 16th-century estate.

The Park includes:
  • Walks through woodlands and open fields
  • Children’s playground
  • Picnic area
  • Ruins of the old house
  • Views of Galway Bay and The Burren
Admission: Free
Open: All year

Map Location: http://goo.gl/maps/4v0cY

COOLE NATURE RESERVE


Choose from the 1.75 km Family Friendly Trail or a 4.5 km walk, "Seven Woods Trail" connecting the different woods at Coole Nature Reserve.

The park at Gort, County Galway was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory.

While there check out the Deer Pen next to the visitors centre and the Autograph Tree in the Walled Garden, signed by Irish literary greats: W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge and Sean O' Casey.
Admission: Free
Open: All yesr

Map Location: http://goo.gl/maps/aMMSI

MONIVEA WOODS


Hidden away from the rest of the world, it's worth searching out Monivea Woods.

A great place all ages to enjoy and whilst there check out the Mausoleum, built in 1896 and the Ice House built around 1700's by the Ffrench family who lived in the castle nearby.

Offering two alternative trails, a 1.5km lopped historical trail or a 1.3km Mass Track Looped Trail.

The forest is well served by trails and public roads.

Map Location: http://goo.gl/maps/CGUPH

CARRABANE FOREST WOODS


Located just off the R349 from Loughrea, Carrabane Forest Walk is a tranquil walk with information signs describing trees enroute.

The looped walk takes you over two footbridges and past a picnic area.

The kids love it, wondering what is around the next corner and what path to take next.

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