Looking for fun outdoor activities for kids in Kerry? Here are three great places to take your cheeky monkeys climbing – high ropes, rock faces and Ireland’s longest rope bridge.

Killarney High Ropes (UPDATE – SADLY NOW CLOSED)

Just up from the Europe Hotel is the Killarney Youth Hostel where you’ll find Killarney High Ropes.

They have two courses, one for younger kids – we took our son for his first time when he was seven – and the other for bigger kids and grown ups too (ahem).

Kids will need to be 1.40m minimum for the longer course. Do therefore measure up before so as not to disappoint.

Highlight? The zip wire of course. 🙂

Make sure you check opening times outside the summer months as they vary.

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre

Cappanalea is a wonderful outdoor education centre just up the road from Caragh Lake House.

They run fantastic summer camps for kids every year which anyone can book on to – raft building, rock climbing, canoeing and much much more.

The kids can get picked up by bus in the morning, just outside Caragh Lake School, and dropped back off, exhausted and exhilarated, in the evenings. You can obviously also drop and pick them up yourselves.

outdoor activities for kids

It’s a great way for them to spend a day or two during your stay, or if you’re our son, a week or two each year.

Kells Bay Gardens – SkyWalk Rope Bridge.

Last but not least, Ireland’s longest rope bridge at Kells Bay House & Gardens.

Now we haven’t been there ourselves but our son went there with a friend and came back raving about it. He loved it so much he apparently ran over and back ten times. The gardens are also home to some wood-carved dinosaur statues and huge ferns so something for everyone.

They also have a great Thai restaurant in the house which we’ve been to and would definitely recommend.

All of these places are within a short drive of Caragh Lake House so no “are we there yet” hopefully.

For more activities right on the door step of Caragh Lake House check out our Activities & Services here.


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