Ms Carragher's Blog
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Outdoors and Free of Charge
1. Walk the coastline of Meath. Start at Maidens Tower and walk on the beach at Bettystown, through Laytown and eventually onto
Gormanstown. It is a long walk but if the weather is fine then you’re blessed
2. Hill of Tara- (Between Navan and Dunshaughlin) This is a wide open area of a few Kms. Plenty green fields and grass. Great views of County Meath. You can see the Cooley Mountains and the Cement Factory at Platin on a very fine day. It is a historical site- The High Kings sat there, St. Patrick was brought there and there was a famous battle there in the 1798 rebellion.
3. Dowth- Between Drogheda and Slane. Like Newgrange an ancient passage tomb. It is well worth a visit especially to the climb to the top of the hill for the views around East Meath. On a clear day one can see The Hill of Tara.
4. Oldbridge- Walk around Oldbridge estate. Oldbridge house is closed for now but the grounds are open for people to walk. Can also see the Boyne Canal from here.
5. Fourknocks- Like Newgrange, a passage tomb between Stamullen and The Naul. It is much smaller than the passage tombs in the Boyne Valley but there are wonderful views of the other side of the hill at Bellewstown.
Autism and Sensory Friendly
1. Sensory Space Drogheda https://www.facebook.com/SensorySpace.ie/
Due to re-open soon this might be an ideal place to visit over the summer Holidays.
2. Dublin Zoo gives free entry to a carer visiting with a child with special needs https://www.dublinzoo.ie/
You do have to book in advance at the moment but there is plenty of space and fresh air.
3. The Arc cinema will be reopening soon and they run Autism friendly screenings from time to time http://drogheda.arccinema.ie/sensory.php
4. Adam and Friends is one of Ireland’s leading supplier for sensory and soft play areas. You can visit but pre-booking is essential http://adamandfriends.ie/
5. Aquariums can be a very therapeutic place for some children with autism. Sea Life in Bray will be reopening at the end of the month with limited tickets available each day https://www.visitsealife.com/bray/ They offer discounts for visitors with special needs and their carers.