If dad is long overdue a break away - even just for an afternoon – why not treat him to one of these great activities he’s sure to love.
 
Scale new heights
He may never have made it onto the pitch at Croke Park, but the Skyline Croke Park attraction in Dublin will give him an opportunity to make his debut. The Skyline tour will allow dad to scale new heights and see panoramic views of the city from one of its most famous landmarks. The tour includes stops at five viewing platforms along Croke Park’s rooftop walk.

Catch of the day
Based near Myshall in Co. Carlow, in the foothills of Mount Leinster, the Southern County fishing resort and wildlife park is located on a beautiful 45-acre site with breathtaking views. Whether he is an expert fisherman or just a learner this is the perfect place for dad to learn and hone his skills, with three lakes requiring different levels of fishing expertise. He can try his hand at fly fishing, trout fishing or bait fishing. And to make it a family day out, there is a train ride, pet farm, coffee house, and lots more to enjoy too.
 
Zorbing in the West
For the more adventurous dad, Zorbing is an adventure sport involving rolling downhill inside an inflatable ball. The Zorb tumbled into existence in New Zealand in the mid-1990’s and has been introduced to Ireland by Adventure West who promise to bring customers on an adrenaline ride of a lifetime in the grounds of Westport House. If dad is really up for a challenge, he can also go abseiling, zipwiring and coasteering - while the rest of the family enjoy the splendid gardens and the Pirate Adventure Park.
 
Live like a Lord
It’s one thing to spend the night in a castle, but quite another to fling a bow and arrow over your shoulder and live like a lord. At Ashford Castle, set on the shores of Lake Corrib in Co Mayo, dad can hone his arching skills with expert instructors, enjoy a spot of clay pigeon shooting, take an amble through the estate or set out on a historical cruise of the lake, to the island of St Patrick. 
 
Sail away
Hotel Meyrick in Galway has teamed up with Wild Atlantic Adventures to offer a break to suit thrill-seekers and water lovers. The package includes two night’s accommodation in the heart of the city, with breakfast and dinner, and a day of sailing on a 200-year-old Galway Hooker. You can opt for a full or half-day sailing package, with lunch, leaving time to explore the city. 
 
Rev it up
Dad can get into top gear and live out his car fantasies at the Mondello Park in Co Kildare. A drive along the Gordon Bennett Route is a must. The famous driving route follows the course of the famous 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup Motor Race through Laois, Kildare and Carlow. This international contest was the precursor of the present day Formula 1 Grand Prix and was raced by the world’s greatest daredevils at record-breaking speeds. However, he can take your time and stop off at the Irish National Stud and the Japanese Gardens for a pitstop.
 
Tee up
Ireland boasts some of the best golf courses in the world and it is possible to experience them at competitive rates with an Irish Golf Pass. Look into the Gateway to the South West Pass, which offers three rounds of golf at Bantry Bay, Kenmare and Beaufort Golf Clubs. Dad will also get a passport to great championship golf courses in Co. Meath with the Boyne Golf Pass. 
 
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