If you're looking for a fun-filled, exciting and educational day out for your school this year - Then Dún na Sí is the place to be.
Take a trip back in time on our Heritage Trail and meet some legends along the way, or explore wild nature in our Parkland, spotting different species from our specially constructed bird-hide. At our Scéal exhibition, learn about the story of Irish music song and dance from the time of the Celts right up to Riverdance, or if you'd like something a little more active, then an orienteering adventure can be arranged. We also have green areas for playing football and other games, a playground and a fabulous Pet Farm. We have a Picnic Area if you want to bring a packed lunch, a great Coffee Shop and refreshments will be provided for all hardworking teachers accompanying the tour!
Below you can see an outline of our School Tour options. However we can arrange a tour package to suit individual requirements and will be happy to devise a personalised tour for your school depending on how much time you want to spend and how much fun you want to have!
Tour 1 - Heritage Trail & Pet Farm (approx 1hr 30 mins)
An experienced tour guide will take you through our Heritage Park and what life was like for farmers and those living in Rural Ireland from the very first farmers right through to this century. We will paint picture of what life was like for children living in a time before Radio, Television and Wi-fi! Our tours are fun and interactive and we encourage students to ask questions and share their knowledge. With 18 exhibits including our Hedge School, Rural Museum and newly thatched Crannógs there is something for everyone. We finish up the tour with a visit the Scéal’ Exhibition which tells tells the story of traditional music song and dance set against the turbulent history of Ireland. This exhibition includes a museum which displays all Traditional Irish Musical instruments and we might even dance a few steps in our 'Halla Damhsa'. When the tour is complete students can explore our Amenity Park and spend unlimited time in the playground, parkland and picnic areas. Alternatively, they can explore the Art in the Park Gardens and Nature walks adjacent to the Turlough. This tour can be tailored according to class size and age.
Tour 2 - Junior Orienteering & Heritage Trail Tour (approx 2hrs 10mins)
One of our most popular tours, our Junior Orienteering activity is based on Photo Star Orienteering and takes place in our Amenity Park. It is an exciting experience suitable for junior classes in Primary School. The tour starts with a nature walk in our 27 acre Amenity Park to familiarise students with some of the more notable features of the park. Students are then broken up into smaller teams and will challenged to find letters hidden behind some of these objects with the help of photos. This is a really interactive, fun team event. Students are encouraged to work and stay in their teams to complete the course. After a short break the students will then be brought on our Heritage Trail tour where they can experience life for farmers in rural Ireland long ago. Students will also have unlimited time in our Amenity Park and Playground.
Tour 3 - Senior Orienteering & Heritage Trail Tour (approx 2hrs 30mins)
Suitable for older primary school classes this is an exciting Orienteering experience in which participants use an accurate, detailed map to find points in the Amenity Park. There are 11 Control Points to be found on this Adventure Challenge. Our 27 acre Amenity Park is fully enclosed and the perfect location for this activity which can be enjoyed as a walk in the park or as a competitive sport. This is a great way to teach important skills of listening and understanding instructions but most of all its great fun!. When the Orienteering Programme is complete students can explore our Amenity Park and spend unlimited time in the playground, parkland and picnic areas. Alternatively, they can explore the Art in the Park Gardens and Nature walks adjacent to the Turlough. This package also includes our Heritage Trail Tour and a 20 minute break.