Family Travel Question:

Q | What are some "must do's" in Ireland and Scotland?

My son and I are travelling to Ireland and Scotland from Sept. 6-15 (mostly Ireland). What should we do while we are there? -Eric, CAN

A | Things to do in Ireland with kids

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If you’re planning on spending most of your time in Ireland, it’s a tremendous place to take a road trip: the scenery is stunning and there’s a long list of active things to do along the way. A perfect match for a father and son vacation!

An American mom living in Ireland gave us some terrific tips and advice on things to do in Ireland with kids. Although it’s tempting to try and pack every main attraction into a trip, it’s actually better to focus on just a few things so you don’t end the trip exhausted.

Boy doing Falconry at Ashford Castle in Ireland

Falconry at Ashford Castle near Connemara

I was in Ireland a few years ago and The Cliffs of Moher will stick with me forever it’s so spectacular. The area in and around Connemara also makes a terrific home-base if you want to focus on one area instead of driving each day. If you want suggestions for family-friendly places to stay, we have some terrific recommendations in our Ireland family hotels guide. Bike riding, hiking, fishing, and falconry activities you can integrate into your trip.

An excellent resource for information about Ireland is the Best Family Travel Advice expert Michelle Duffy. She is Irish and is behind the family travel site See her Ireland with kids page for information and articles.

Photo credit Nancy Solomon of Ciao Bambino.

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