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.