One of my earliest memories from childhood is a school tour. We went to Dublin Zoo and that was a big journey from Northern Ireland in those days! I can’t remember much about the trip itself, but I do remember the excitement of getting on the bus that morning and buying a little ornamental seal to take home for my mum. For many kids school tours are the highlight of the school year and it can be great fun getting out of the classroom. It also allows you to get to know your classmates and teacher a bit better, ideally whilst learning some new skills. From the schools’ perspective Outdoor Education provides a broad range of benefits for students that are difficult to replicate in a school environment. Recent research has indicated the benefits include: developing new skills; general happiness; respect for others & the environment; mental health; leadership; responsibility and adaptability to name a few! These benefits can last for the remainder of the students’ school career and beyond.
School tours and school trips come in many guises from educational field trips exploring specific subjects / areas to literary & arts, farm & wildlife tours, historical and sporting / outdoor. Some are necessary as per curriculum requirements others are perhaps to fill a gap in the educational timetable. Whatever the reason it can be difficult for teachers to come up with school trip ideas and also finding the time for planning a school trip. There are many school tour companies that have sprung up to assist teachers planning trips abroad and in Ireland.
Carlingford Adventure Centre
The largest provider of outdoor activity school tours in Ireland. In any one day we can have over 400 school kids passing through our doors. That takes a lot of organisation when you have 4 sites around Carlingford with over 40 activities they can participate in. We also have hot lunches and dinners to provide, over 200 beds for residential stays and up to 50 instructors to coordinate… all in a day’s work here at Carlingford Adventure Centre! As we work directly with schools it cuts out middle man fees and means we can satisfy needs quickly. We have the top adventure facilities in Ireland including:
- The longest Zipline course in Ireland.
- The longest tree-top aerial tour at over 1km.
- The biggest purpose built outdoor lazer tag arena.
- The largest privately owned quarry for rock climbing.
- Our own purpose built water marina for watersports.
- The Adventure Hub with 200 bed hostel, sports hall, games room, volley ball court, lounge areas & canteen .
- SKYPARK the biggest Adventure Park in Ireland.
If you or anyone you know is planning and want the best school trip ever check out our school section or give us a bell and we can give you lots of school trip ideas. We will then tailor the best school tour experience based on your needs. Check out our Facebook page or Tripadvisor to see lots of the feedback we have had from schools. 70% of our schools come back to us year after year and every year we expand and improve our facilities! Easily accessible from the M1 and just an hr from Dublin and Belfast. It’s no surprise that Carlingford has become the Adventure Capitol of Ireland.