Buggy-friendly walks Longford – Ballymahon

Location: Newcastle Wood, Ballymahon Longford

Path:   Access for All walk, the River Inny Walk and the Newcastle woodland looped walk

Parking: Car park

Facilities:   Picnic site

Features: Diversity of trees

Thank you so much to @rookesnest for contacting us through Instagram and sharing this walk.

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Buggy-friendly walks Sligo – Sligo IT

Location: Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo town

Path: A mixture of a gravel path (ideal for buggies and bikes not scooters) and tarmac, runs past pitches and running track Continue reading

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Glengarriff

Glengarriff  parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy friendly rating: 5/10

Scenery: 9/10

Course:

This is certainly the most difficult buggy parkrun I have done to date, it is also one of the most beautiful ones I have done too! The course is two loops with the first being through the woods on trails, over tree roots and stones – you definitely need an off-road buggy if you want to run (or walk) this part! Once you’ve finished with the first loop, you then continue past the start of the run and onto the second loop which is on tarmac roads. People may warn you about the big hill at the end of the route without mentioning that the whole of the second loop is undulating with lots of small hills throughout. This is okay for the average runner but when you’ve got a buggy to push, you feel every hill no matter how big or small.

Facilties, cafes and playgrounds:

As the parkrun itself is in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve there are many more routes to explore. We took the short drive to the main playground in Glengarriff and it was perfect for the smallies. There is also a fairy trail from the playground which is worth exploring if the legs aren’t too sore too. Although there are many places to eat in Glengarriff and the town is lovely, we were recommended cafe Organico in Bantry as it has a small children’s play area – it didn’t take us much convincing to go there for brunch and the food & coffee was great too!

There are no toilets near the parkrun start unfortunately but there is parking.

Overall:

Definitely one to do if you want a challenge. A beautiful course in a beautiful part of Ireland.

Buggy-friendly parkrun Cork – Ballincollig

Ballincollig parkrun

Tried and tested by Jess @the_buggy_runners_diary (IG)

Buggy Friendly rating: 9/10

Scenery: 7/10

Course:

Ballincollig parkrun starts at the the regional park car park – the one with the toilet. There are a few entrances to the park so it’s important to make sure you get the right one. It is a busy parkrun with numbers usually around 300 – 400 and it has quite a narrow start. This can make running with a buggy a little difficult as there is often no room to pass for the first few hundred metres and buggies are asked to start at the back. Continue reading

Family-friendly walks Carlow – Altamont Gardens

  • Location: Altamont Gardens, between Ballon and Tullow on the N80
  • Path: Great selection of Woodland paths. The Path around the lake is only suitable for a buggy approx 1-2km long. The longer path down to the river is not suitable for a buggy.
  • Parking: Parking €2 for the whole day but fills quickly on weekends. 
  • Facilities: Coffee shop, toilets, water fountains and garden centre sales. Seating scattered throughout the walk, Picnic Benches, Drinking Water Fountain
  • Features: 40 Acres of gardens and woodland walks, lakes filled with wildlife. Peacocks randomly walking the lawns. There is a big tree in the middle of the lawn where children love to climb into the middle of the tree and its a nice place to have a picnic under it.

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