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Mystery Trails

Looking for your next adventure? 

Mystery trails specialises in providing fun, healthy, outdoor adventures. 

A Mystery Trail is an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across Ireland with a self-guided themed walk.

An easy-to-follow route will enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way. By solving the fiendish clues in our themed adventures, you will discover whodunit, find the location of the buried treasure, or complete the mission like a true secret agent.

Mystery Trails are great for seeing a location from a new perspective, whatever age and whatever the weather!

Try a real-life fun adventure that fires up the imagination and gets you exploring the great outdoors.

WARNING

MYSTERY TRAILS ARE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE

My girlfriend & I tried the Kells murder mystery after finding mystery trails on facebook. We were attending a close friends wedding and decided to give it a go the previous day. We had a riot! we both got really into cracking the case and we now know "whodunit"!!!! My personal favourite was coming face to face with a Knight of the round table. Great "crack" as you say in Ireland. 

Matty
Glasgow

My kids and I did the Cobh Treasure Hunt trail in search of Captain Crow's buried treasure. My children were so excited. The clues are really well thought out and come quick and fast. Loved every minute of this! Corks Murder Mystery is next.. 

Sarah
Cobh

Today was the day we completed our mission impossible with our Mystery Trails hunt throughout Limerick city . It was such fun! Turns out we're excellent secret agents It took us exactly 2 hours and we covered 5km. Aswell as being a fun game and something different to do,I saw streets,plaques,statues and areas of the city Ive never before seen! Once you crack the code, you can text or email your answer to the information provided on your print out!A lovely day out and Im looking forward to doing the Adare trail in a few weeks.

Teas,Trips and Travels
Limerick City

Brilliant way to spend a day discovering the town.

Emer
Westport

Why Choose Us?

What is a Mystery Trail?

Mystery Trail's is a fun and imaginative way to explore towns and cities around Ireland, on a themed walking game. An easy to follow route will guide you from start to finish that allows you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way.

Who is it for?

Mystery Trails is for everyone, whether you are 5 or 105. Bond with friends and family as you make memories that last a lifetime. Be enchanted by our gripping adventures, that will allow you to investigate the hidden treasure's  waiting for you within the towns and cities of Ireland.  

How does it work? 

Once you select and purchase the trail you want, you will receive an email confirming payment and a PDF file containing your next adventure. Please ensure to check your junk folder in your emails for your confirmation email. Mystery trails is a self guided walk we are NOT there to meet you. We advise you explore at a pace that is comfortable for you and your detectives, pirates and spies. No trails goes unsolved as we provide a FREE text service to help you if needed.

How do you print your Trail?  

Once a Mystery trail is purchased you can download it from a PDF link.  You will also find the link in your email. Please ensure to check your junk folder in your emails for your confirmation email. When printing your trail PDF you will need four sheets of A4 paper (single sided). Once you have printed all four pages you will see they have been numbered, assemble them as follows: 

Find the page with numbers 8 and 1 displayed on the bottom corner. Place this page faced down.

Page number 2 and 7 should be placed on top of the first page facing upwards. 

Page 6 and 3 are faced downwards on top of these pages. 

Finally, page 4 and 5 are faced upwards on top of all of the sheets.

 Once you have put them together as instructed above, you should be able to fold your trail in half. Use the blank pages for your detective work as you solve the clues. 

You can print your booklet in black and white or in colour! Please remember that your PDF Trail will expire after three weeks from receiving your email!

What about the pandemic ?

Mystery trails are safe outdoor activities. We have comprised the following guidelines for Staying completely safe: follow social distancing rules and stay alert at all times. Be prepared to skip a clue if social distancing is not possible. Avoid touching hard surfaces. Carry hand sanitizer in case you need to touch plaques, benches etc. Don`t linger, if you need to, take a photo and solve the clue in a quieter place.  Be prepared to skip a clue if necessary, take supplies with you, plan ahead, check available facilities, manage your children’s expectations. No trail should go unsolved so be flexible, all treasure seekers, detectives and secret agents need to be from time to time. Note during the pandemic one way systems and unforeseen public walkways and other local facilities described in your booklet may no longer be correct. Follow all Guidelines laid down by The HSE and the government of the Republic of Ireland. 

HOMESCHOOLING WITH MYSTERY TRAILS

Turn a walk into an outdoor learning adventure. Finding outdoor educational activities which are fun, engaging and specific to your local area can be tough. Creating your own local Treasure Hunt is also time consuming- trust us, our Trail Writers know just how long it takes to put together a great Trail!

Great news-we`ve done all the work for you! Mystery Trails are an amazing resource for anyone home schooling or providing learning into the home. We have put together some great ideas for before, during and after your Trail for a full-blown learning adventure!

TEN REASONSWHY A MYSTERY TRAIL IS AN AWESOME HOME SCHOOLING RESOURSE

1. A Mystery Trail gets you and the kids outdoors and active in the open air- even the most reluctant walker won`t realise they`ve gone 3km before the end.

2. Exploring outdoors reduces screen time – the Trails take you back to basics with pen and paper.

3. Trails provide a real life, engaging reason for reading – You`ve got to read those sneaky clues carefully to solve them.

4. The adventures are sure to spark young imaginations with fun themes and backstories to engage with.

5. The trails allow the children to work at their own pace – Trails are entirely self-guided and can be done in your own time. So, you can let your child take the lead and step in where and when help is needed.

6. A trail adventure can flexibly fit into your timetable, whether you want to complete it in one go or over several days.

7. Mystery Trails tick off at least five areas of the curriculum: Literacy, Maths, Geography, History and P.E. Let us mention leadership, confidence, satisfaction, teamwork, navigation, imagination, problem solving and most importantly family bonding with play.

8. Exploring with a Trail inspires an interest in the local area and encourages children to love where they live.

9. Mystery trail routes don`t enter any private properties and require you to pay no entry fees. They can be completed in all kinds of weather and all you require is daylight.

10. Our trails are a readymade resource, so less prep for you. They provide a great starting point for lots of follow of unique educational projects. (listed below)

11. Ok, so we`ve got one more- Did we mention they`re great FUN?

How to use your local trail

Your Mystery Trail will either be a Treasure Hunt, Mission Impossible or Detective Mystery, depending on your location. If you have a few different themes to choose from in your local area, get the kids to make their first big decision and choose.

Before your adventure

Before you set off in search of the Clues, get yourselves in the mood and prepare by immersing in your chosen theme. Ask them to develop some ideas about how they should act on their top-secret mission, curious case or perilous quest. Some pre-Trail reading could come in handy to make sure they`re fully prepared for the task ahead.

If they`re training to be intrepid explorers, How I became a pirate (Melinda Long,2003) and The Explorer (Katharine Rundell,2018) will spark excitement for your expedition.

Slippery Spies will be able to brush up on some vital skills with The Officials Spy Handbook (Colin King, 2014), while Harriet The Spy (Louise Fitzhugh,2001) and Spy School (Stuart Gibbs, 2013) will get the young operatives ready for the task ahead.

Finally, budding detectives should bury their heads into The Case Of The Missing Moonstone(Jordan Stratford, 2016) or Murder Most Unladylike (Robin Stevens, 2016) to prepare for their upcoming case.

Now that the pre- Trail reading is underway scan through the trail beforehand and see if there are any maths sums or other topics they should brush up on before the Trail. For example, some Trails include Roman Numeral decoders that you can do some pre-practice with.

TIP: Make your risk assessment part of your learning plan. All Trails follow publicly accessible lanes, paths, and pavements with warnings within the Trail for other potential hazards. Remind your children of road safety and safety by water or other hazards and that staying safe is more important than rushing to solve a clue.

During your adventure

Ready to make the move? Make sure your prepared and have everything you need – information on parking, toilets and places to stock up snacks are included within the Trail where possible.

Ensure you`ve read the back story and are ready to really immerse yourselves in your roles as Secret Agents, Detectives or Explorers

Now go crack those sneaky Clues!

More benefits of mystery trailing

More good news – just a little bit of exercise has all sorts of physical and mental health benefits to keep those young bodies and minds in tip top condition.

AFTER YOUR ADVENTURE, SOME POST TRAIL IDEAS.

Write a mission report, case report, or quest debrief. Record what you encountered along the way and twisting tales you unveiled. You can even tap into your art skills to look like proper report documents.

A what `happens next` is sent back to your phone by text when a correct answer is submitted. Why not create your own? What Happens Next? 

Use your creative writhing skills to decide what happened the treasure, criminal or enemy agents after you finished your assignment. Was the crook apprehended? Did the treasure reach its rightful owners? Has the evil genius escaped your clutches?

Write a review of the adventure. What did you like best or least? You could turn it into a diary entry, create a scrapbook page of your day, or write a letter about it and send it to a family member or friend.

Try conducting a self-assessment. How did you do? Would you make a good Detective, Explorer or Secret Agent? Which clues were the hardest or the easiest? What are you good at and bad at- do you need to brush up on any skills? Would you do better on your next Mystery Trails and ready for more learning.

Post-trail projects

· Follow up on some of the local history or other learning points you discovered along the Trail. Let the kids pick things they want to find out more about and get researching.

· Draw a map of the route you followed on the Trail. Annotate the Trail booklet with new discoveries you made and include interesting features.

· Take up a Trail writhing project and plan a Trail around your local neighbourhood. Write the story, plan the route, research the area, set the clues and test it on other local home schoolers or family.

Make Today Your Time To Shine !

Hope this helps and please remember we at Mystery Trails are here to help so get in touch.

Mystery Trails Stockists

THE GATE UNIT 2 CASTLE GATE LORD EDWARD STREET DUBLIN 2. Yores Stores Maghera VIRGINIA Co. Cavan. The Corner Shop, OLDCASTLE Co. Meath. A&M Newsagents, KELLS Co. Meath.  Lyncy`s Grocery Shop Emmet Street, TRIM -  Navan - Tierney`s Newsagents Trim Gate Street, Navan. Fairyhouse Market Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Meath. Bundoran country market Bundoran Buisness Park Donegal.

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ABOUT US

We are a married couple with four children. When our kids were younger we have always tried to get them out and about doing what we could on a tight budget. Holidays are a magical time for children but can also be an expensive and stressful time for parents. We hope Mystery Trails provides a fun and exciting solution as a way of experiencing new locations around our beautiful country. Hunt clues in the open air whilst keeping the family entertained for hours with very little cost. Mystery Trails gives you the opportunity to turn an afternoon walk into a sightseeing adventure creating memories that will last a lifetime. Since our children are older now, getting away by ourselves has become a new experience as we hope couples and small groups of friends enjoy this informative and unique experience as a team. Explore some hidden gems we have found at your own pace. We hope you love our trails by trusting us to lead you through the centuries of history in a fun and mysterious way.