I am planning a family trip in March with kids that are 12 & 14. I am finding that all the accommodation considers them adults & that anything that has family rates are geared more for small children. Would anyone have good suggestions on places to stay that are not drenched in tourist traps. We like to bike ride, horseback ride & do active things unless raining. We fly into Dublin & leave from Shannon. Part of our week we will be staying with friends so will need a place to stay for 3 nights. Of course this year it will be over Easter weekend. I thought of staying one night on the southeast then driving toward Kenmare area so we could break up the drive & explore along the way. For this time of year what are would most likely not be as rainy?
Having traveled in Ireland in both February and April I can tell you that the weather can vary from chilly and damp to sunny and warm at almost any time (even within a day). Ireland is a small country, and I'm not sure you'll see a big difference in the weather between one part of the country and another. In more mountainous areas it's likely to be chillier because of the wind, but both the Kenmare area and the southeast (south of the Wicklow Mountains) are flatter.
In regards to accommodations. You should check out B&B's online that have 'family' rooms. A family room usually sleeps about 4(sometimes 3) and the rate is per person for the room and usually does not charge per the age. Check out: www.discoverireland.com. Good luck & have fun!
Almost every B&B I've stayed in has offered family rooms. When my son and I traveled by ourselves a couple of years ago, we were put in such rooms twice, though we only paid for a twin room. These rooms had a double bed and two twin beds. The nicest one, in Clifden, Co. Galway, also had a little "living room" area with a sofa and easy chair, coffee table, and TV.
Thank you for your help. We are looking forward to the trip.
Would anyone have any experience in horse trekking?