10 Adventure-Fueled Activities to Do Around Ireland

Because summer is all about adventure

Words by Emma Tiernan
June 29th, 2018

With the promise of a heat wave this week, naturally we are all going to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. So, we’ve rounded up ten adventure-fueled activities across the country that will be sure to give you an adrenaline rush while experiencing Ireland’s rugged nature.

Sea Stack Climbing in Donegal

Descend sea cliffs that range from 250m to be greeted by stunning beaches that are considered some of the most remote places in Ireland. With no previous climbing experience needed, it is the perfect day’s activity for those seeking adventure in places you never knew existed.

photo: Unique Ascent

Abseil Your Way Through the Wild Atlantic Way

Fancy scaling down the side of the rugged coastline of the west? Why not try your hand at abseiling? Practice your inner explorer by lowering yourself down some cliffs to the caves below, all the while taking in the breathtaking scenery around you.

photo: Unique Ascent

Kite Surf in Achill

Take to the water and test out kite surfing on Achill Island. This action sport is a combination of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing all rolled into one extreme sport.

White Water Rafting in Boyne Valley

Raft your way down the River Boyne, in an 8-man raft that can handle anything the mighty weir throws at you. A fun activity for a group of friends, plus a great way to cool down in the hot weather.

Moonlight Kayaking in Cork

For a unique experience, take a kayak trip through Lough Hyne at night. The tour starts just one hour before nightfall which means you can kayak throughout the sunset into darkness.

Zip Through Roscommon

Looking for an adventure course that is fun for all ages? Look no further than Zipit. Suspended above Lough Key Forest, zoom by on their many zip lines, ride a BMX over a suspended bridge and climb up net ropes. If Roscommon is too far away then Zipit is also located in both Tibradden Wood, Co. Dublin, and Farran Park, Cork.

Shooting Targets at Ashford

Channel your inner Merida and try your hand at archery at Ashford Castle where you can also experience clay pigeon shooting or fly a flacon at the oldest falconry in Ireland. The castle boasts stunning grounds which you are free to roam around in between activities.

Coasteering in Connemara

Head to the Gaeltacht for your next adventure for a combination of jumping off cliffs, swimming and snorkelling in sea caves and climbing the coastline.

Catch Some Waves in Lahinch

Lahinch is well known among surfers worldwide as one of the best spots to catch some of the Wild Atlantic’s best waves. Not to worry if you have never surfed before though as Lahinch Surf School offers classes for all levels; choose from a two-hour lesson or a whole weekend of sand, sea and surf.

Horseback Riding in Kerry

Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Kingdom – on horseback. Gallop down the beach on Dingle Peninsula or trek up a mountain and take it all in. Perfect for all levels of riders, so no excuse not to!