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IRELAND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

The charming island on the Western end of Europe comes with its own charming set of adventures and experiences. From hiking Ireland's beautiful National Parks, exploring the rugged stunning coastline or cycling along one of Ireland's beautiful greenways, it is well worth exploring every single corner of Ireland.

Conquer Ireland's highest mountain Carrauntoohill

Prepared to climb the highest mountain in Ireland with its 1.038 metres? It might not sound very high, but certainly requires some hiking experience and preparation. Definitely the right gear, map material for the different routes and possibly a local guide. But we can help with that and then you are good to go and climb the “Devil‘s Ladder“ to the top. It takes about 4 - 6 hours to complete and is strenuous but rewarding. If you decide to hike with a guide you can look forward to hearing interesting stories about Ireland's myths and legends that you won‘t have difficulties to imagine in the fairy tale like landscape.

Sea kayaking along the rugged coast at Kenmare Bay

Kayaking is a popular activity in Ireland due to the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way in the west, long sandy beaches all around the island and many inland waterways. Wedged between the amazingly beautiful peninsulas of Iveragh and Beara is Kenmare Bay, an ideal location for kayaking. Secluded from the sometimes extremely rough Atlantic Ocean and with lots to see along the rugged coastline, it becomes an adventure, physical activity and sightseeing tour at the same time. Get on board and enjoy!

Cycling through heritage and history in Connemara & Achill Island

Cycling through the extensive green landscape of Ireland is a great way to connect with nature. Close to it to take it all in and being able to stop as you please, but efficient to cover some distance and explore more at the same time. We highly recommend The Great Western Greenway, running 44 km through Co. Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way in the west of Ireland, circling the gorgeous Clew Bay. Multi-day cycle trips from Galway through Connemara towards Westport give you a great impression of Ireland‘s rugged landscapes, remote towns with traditional pubs and the famous Irish life style. Escape civilization altogether by touring Achill Island on bike or e-bike available to hire locally. Connected by a bridge to the mainland, the beautiful island was once hideout and inspiration to the famous German writer Heinrich Böll.

Challenge Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way on a coasteering adventure

An extreme sport for the bravest of the bravest and rewarded with a huge adrenalin rush after conquering your initial fears, coasteering becomes more and more popular in Ireland. No wonder as the Emerald Isle provides some of the most breathtaking locations and challenging cliffs to practice it. It involves rock climbing, jumping, swimming and certainly lots of fun. Here are our top locations for Coasteering in Ireland: the spectacular Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Connemara and Tuam in Co. Galway, and Kilkee Cliffs, Co. Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way in the west. 

 

Horse Riding along Ireland's unspoiled white beaches

A dream come true for many is to gallop on a horse along  sandy beaches beside the rolling waves of the sea. Look no further, Ireland has an abundance of scenic beaches and picturesque coasts where this can become reality. Co. Donegal in the north of Ireland, amongst others, awaits with deserted beaches, ideal for a horseback trip at sunrise or sunset. Always accompanied by a fresh breeze of the clear sea air and surrounded by amazing views, you will certainly be living that dream and treasure it as a great memory.

Hit the waves on Ireland's West coast

Just a short drive from the imposing Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Lahinch Beach's flooding tide makes it ideal for water activities like surfing. Indeed, Lahinch has become the surfing hot spot of Ireland. The soft, sandy beach nearby Lahinch is the perfect place for beginners. With experienced instructors and top-notch equipment, you can catch the perfect wave of the Atlantic Ocean. Be aware that the water can be chilly, even in summer, so a wetsuit is essential. Lahinch's vibrant surf culture, friendly locals, and cozy pubs complement this fantastic surf destination, so don’t miss it out on your next visit.

But not only County Clare, the whole West coast of Ireland is a great spot to catch some waves, from the wild beaches along Bundoran or Strandhill in the Northwest to Inch or Banna Beach in the Southwest of Ireland, there is a perfect spot for everybody.

AND SO MUCH MORE!

Contact us for an individual quote, visit our Ireland adventures for touring inspiration or check out our selection of local experiences or family-friendly adventures in Ireland.

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