Words by Fiona Call
March 10th, 2016
Goodbye hipster, there’s a new tribe in town. Meet the ‘Yuccie’ – the Young Urban Creative who embraces city living, works in dynamic industries such as fashion and design and is well-acquainted with the world of social media and technology. And when it comes to leisure, there is no shortage of unique activities in Ireland to excite their curiosity, rouse their creativity and send them home fully recharged. We have rounded up our top 10 things to do that should engage even the most restless of hearts.
Go mountain biking
For those who crave the outdoor air and at speed, Ireland has some of the most spectacular mountain bike trails in Europe. The 14km marked way at Derroura near Oughterard in Co. Galway is celebrated for the remarkable scenery it affords the rider, not least the Maam Valley and the Twelve Pins. You don’t even have to bring your own bike: Derroura Mountain Bike Hire will fix you up and provide all the information you need for this stunning stretch of Connemara.
To hire your own mountain bike, click here.
Visit a craft brewer
The growth of the Irish specialty beer industry has been a considerable success story over the past decade with the Dingle Brewing Company, Co. Kerry, typical of the remarkable new breed of beer-makers. They’re very happy to accommodate tours of their brewery where you can learn about the art of making craft beer and you can sample some of their wares. Dingle is famed for its restaurants, so there will be no shortage of places to eat. What’s more comforting than a locally-sourced craft beer with friends or loved one?
To find out more, visit dinglebrewingcompany.com.
Take a Dublin gourmet walking tour
The Ballymaloe-trained Ketty Elisabeth hails from France’s Loire Valley and is known to many as the lady behind the award-winning blog, French Foodie in Dublin. Resident in Ireland for 11 years, she has eaten her way through some of the capital’s culinary gems and her three-hour tour calls to food and drinks businesses where participants can sample the diverse range of tasty goods on offer. One of her cosiest favourites includes The Library Bar, located in Dublin city centre.
For tickets, click here.
Enjoy a yoga retreat
Yoga sessions offer a short escape from everyday stresses and strains, but there’s nothing like a multi-day yoga retreat to fire up the batteries and get you motoring again. Hush Yoga is a popular centre in Dublin’s Lower Baggot Street and they run retreats in various parts of the country during the year. November sees them decamp to the magnificent surrounds of the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, where the studio offers unforgettable Atlantic views. Take the time to breathe, take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the tranquility of the retreat.
To find out more, visit hushyoga.com.
Try rock climbing on Malin Head
The most unique way to experience Ireland’s most northerly point is by rock climbing at Inishowen. With the Atlantic waves crashing below and the splendour of one of the most rugged coastlines in Europe all around you, it’s an invigorating challenge for those with a head for heights. And with the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way starting just around the corner, it’s a perfect spot to begin a road trip to remember.
To book your adventure, visit mountaintraining.ie.
Build your own guitar
Great as it is to play your own instrument, imagine making one too from scratch? Such a feat is not as difficult you might imagine especially when under the instruction of the experienced craftsmen at Hill Picket Studio near Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Guitars and violins can be made in a matter of days – even for those who are carpentry novices. They’ve also got short furniture-making courses for those who fancy a mini-break outside the norm. They could make beautiful one of a kind presents for gifted musicians who may crave something a little different.
To book your place on the course, visit hillpicketstudio.com.
Go surfing in Sligo
Yeats County is arguably the epicentre of the Irish surfing world and what better place to learn the skills required to ride a board? Strandhill Surf School, located on the beach of the same name and a short drive from Sligo town, is one of the most popular in the country thanks to its mix of courses for absolute beginners and experienced surfers – and the perfect waves that wash up on the shore. Water sports fans will enjoy the refreshing challenge in slightly cooler waters.
To find out more, visit strandhillsurfschool.com.
Cook a meal with a difference
The cookery school at Howth Castle specialises in one day courses for all abilities, and their classes are a far cry from meat-and-two-veg. Learn how to prepare sushi and sashimi or how about an introduction to the magical vegetarian food of India? A post-class stroll along the pier is a must for all visitors to Howth village and appetites can be sated at one of the numerous fish restaurants that line the seafront.
To book a class in the kitchen, click here.
Take a creative writing course
The Irish Writers’ Centre at the soon to be developed Parnell Cultural Quarter in the heart of Dublin’s northside boasts the most extensive range of creative writing courses in the country – for beginners or those keen to finesse their first novel. Be inspired at the Dublin Writers’ Museum next door and escape the bustle of the city with a book at the Garden of Remembrance, just a short stroll away. Perfect for having headspace, learning to express oneself with more sophistication and imagination is a transferable skill notable for any CV.
To get your creative juices flowing, visit irishwriterscentre.ie.
Experience the timelessness of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
The legendary St. Patrick’s Festival runs from the 17th – 20th March this year. There’s no better time to get caught up in the craziness of Dublin! Be sure to catch the Festival Parade running through the city on the 17th, as well as the “Greening of the City”, on the 19th. Of course no Irish celebrations would be complete with a meander through the Craft Beer and Whiskey Fair!
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