This was our first time visiting Rathbeggan Lakes and we arrived on a quiet summer weekday around midday. Admission is €3 per person with under 2’s going free so it cost us a total of €12 for two adults and two kids with the one year old free. We then purchased €20 worth of tokens to start with.
The park boasts a range of activities for all ages including abseiling, zip-lining, pedal boats, wall climbing and zorbing for the older kids. For the younger kids there’s bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, train rides, mini jeeps, pony rides, a pet farm, fairy trails and a small playground. There’s also fun for all ages at the art barn, face painting, nature trails and lake fishing.
You can barbeque on site if you bring your own charcoal and there plenty of picnic tables available throughout the park with some lovely spots around lake. There’s also a shop on site, a coffee hut, food truck and an ice-cream van.
I was very impressed with the park itself and it’s scenic centrepiece lake. The walks surrounding the lake with the addition of crannogs, a fairy garden, a wooden obstacle course and an old telephone box make it really fun.
We brought a picnic but also bought some fries and ice-creams on site which were very reasonably priced. The queues weren’t long for any of the activities, the longest line being for the high adventure area at ten minutes.
The kids loved the park and got to do almost everything on offer. The tea-cup waltzers were out of order on the day and they weren’t interested in the mini-jeeps but got to do everything else including the face-painting and art and crafts at the art barn.
Overall we had a really fun day, there’s good mix of activities for the older and younger kids/toddlers and they had a ball. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. The kids favourites were the zip-line, the zorbing (which the two of them could do in the one), the pedal boats and the bouncy castle area.
That said, the few downsides in my opinion include the price of some of the activities (Zip-line €7), zorbing (€5 per person) and the pedal boat (€5 per boat for 10 minutes). There is a height restriction for the high adventure area at 1.1m and the five year old didn’t match up to their height measurement (they measure them against a wooden gate) even though he’s over 1.1m on a height chart so he was disappointed with that.
We ended up spending €48 on tokens by the end of the day, with admission and food purchased the trip totalled €70. So be prepared for an expensive day out if you want to avail of most of the activities. I’ve listed my top tips on visiting below to get the most out of the day.
Tips if you are planning to visit:
- Bring a picnic. There’s plenty of picnic spots available all around the park with some lovely spots by the lake.
- Get the most out of the free facilities at the park and do the family adventure walk first. You can use the playground, pet farm and visit the heritage area before using the tokens on the paid activities.
- Go to the bouncy castle area straight after exploring the park and lake, it costs €5 per child and they gets stamps to come and go as much as they want during the day.
- Some of the activities only open from 11am or 12pm so if you intend to arrive earlier than that be warned.
- There is a height restriction for the high adventure area of 1.1m so checking before you go will save you some disappointed faces after queuing.
- Tokens can be used in the shop for food or fishing tackle on site aswell as the activities. If you have some left over they can be used again at your next visit.
- Some of the activities are weather dependent so I would not recommend going on a day that’s has mostly rain forecasted.
- As with all Irish outdoor activity parks make sure to prepare for all weather, bring sun-lotion, hats, rain-gear, change of clothes and umbrellas.