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.
Location: Tralee Town Park, off Denny St, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Path: Tarmac, flat, looped and accessible for all wheels Continue reading
Rinn na gCros
Location: Rinn na gCros Woodland Park (Reenagross), Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Path: Gravel, forest trail (not accessible) and tarmac Continue reading
Killarney National Park
Location: Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Path: Mostly tarmac path, inclines in places, separate walking paths (some gravel and forest trails) Continue reading
Location: Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Path: Footpath, accessible, linear, coastal Continue reading
ACCESSIBLE WALK THIS WAY
Location: Balrath Woods, near Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Path: 3 Walks to choose from – the Easy Walk is a tarmac path suitable for buggies and wheelchairs Continue reading
A GRAND OLE STROLL
Location: The Grand Canal (from Sally’s Bridge, Sundrive to Ranelagh) You can read all about its history here.
Path: Footpath (Bumpy in parts) and pedestrian path alongside main road (Flat and accessible)
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Location: Westport House is located just on the edge of Westport town
Path: Short and accessible walk around the river(bridge crossing) Continue reading
GO WITH THE FLOW
Location: Tourmakeady Forest, Tourmakeady, Mayo
Path: gravel and forest trail (strudy wheels needed)
A CORKER OF A WALK
Location: Doneraile Park, Doneraile, Co. COrk
Path: Tarmac and gravel paths and woodland trail, looped
Parking: Ample car parking on site
Facilities: Playground, toilets (both at the House and the playground), picnic benches
Features: House, walled gardens, wild deer, ducks and swans
A truly magical setting just with so much to explore and just ideal for buggies and small wheels. While we were spoiled with the sunshine and saw , in all it’s glory, this is a fantastic amenity for families all year round.
Read more about the history and location in the link above.There are plenty of signs directing you around the whole park too, which makes it so much easier to navigate.
Follow this link to see all the Cork walks we’ve collated so far.