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Hiking is a popular activity on holidays in Ireland. Photo by: Getty

Top ten adventure vacations in Ireland

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Hiking is a popular activity on holidays in Ireland. Photo by: Getty

For the nature lovers among you Ireland offers unspoilt terrain, lavish green hills and a rugged landscape. Few locations rival the Emerald Isle when it comes to the great outdoors.

IrishCentral.com have come up the top ten adventure hot spots for the explorer in you.

Caving in the Burren


The Burren is one of Ireland’s premiere cave attractions in Ireland. The word ‘burren’ translates into great rock which is precisely what this area is. It has been described as a limestone desert. There are almost one hundred megalithic tombs in this area, portal dolmens and a celtic high cross. There are over 35 miles of cave passages here. The Ailiwee cave is the Burren’s most well known cave and is definitely worth a visit. Here visitors can sample great caverns, stalactites and subterranean rivers.

Rockclimbing in Glendalough Co. Wicklow


Glendalough which translates into ‘Glen of two lakes’ is one of Ireland’s first Medieval monastic settlements which dates back to the 6th century. Here in the spectacular glacial valley rock climbers can really appreciate the splendor of Mother Nature. Popular climbing sections include the Big Jane; Hobnail Buttress and the East Wing. The climbs vary between one and four pitches.

Mountain Climbing


Whether you want to take a stroll up to Three Rock Mountain in Dublin or you are willing to attempt to conquer Croagh Patrick in Mayo, Ireland has mountains big and small that will satisfy any mountain climber. The views on offer are guaranteed to take your breath away. With over 390 mountains, there is no shortage of places to go.

Kayaking and canoeing

With endless rivers and lakes there is no shortage of water for those of you interested in kayaking or canoeing in Ireland. The watershed provided by the Macgillicuddy Reeks in Co.Kerry is a popular destination for water enthusiasts. Coupled with hundreds of rivers and lakes spread throughout the country you are guaranteed to find several spots for the avid water lover.. For those of you who prefer the ocean you should check out Blacksod and Broad Haven and Erris, Mayo.

Paint Balling

If you have a competitive streak and want to mix the great outdoors with ducking and diving then paint balling in Ireland should be top of your list. The sport has increased in popularity in recent years with many  Irish companies opening extensive adventure courses which include woodland, trenches and swamps all year round. From Actionpak paint balling in Kinsale Co. Cork to in to Elite paint balling in Dungarven Co. Waterford, there are over twenty venues throughout the country dedicated to the team sport.

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