Whether you’re a pro-surfer, climbing legend or back-to-nature camper, Ireland has something for every adventurous spirit. Mountain peaks, untouched valleys and deserted beaches are all on offer – to those who are brave enough to seek them out.
Check out our top five must-do trips to kick off your outdoor adventure in Ireland:
1. Explore Killarney National Park
The largest national park in Ireland offers hiking galore with stunning scenery, epic mountain ranges and the world-famous Killarney Lakes. Reach the peaks of McGillycuddy’s Reeks for the most awe-inspiring views, or set off round Muckross Lake and discover the incredible Torc Waterfall. With such a variety of terrain, be sure to pick up the right gear before you go so you’ll be ready for anything.
2. Surf’s up in Mayo
With its beautiful coastline, immaculate beaches and year-round swells, it’s easy to see why Ireland is one the world’s top surfing destinations. Grab your board and head to Carrownskey, a 4km-long remote sandy beach just down the coast from Louisburgh, South Mayo. This little-known spot is likely to be deserted, so it’ll just be you and the ocean.
3. Scale mountains
Climb crags in some of Ireland’s wildest coastal and mountain areas. Barry’s Head on Cork’s coast offers a superb setting for climbing and bouldering routes. Make sure you pick up the best equipment for your adventure before you go - and whatever you do, don’t forget your maps!
4. Back to the wild
Not satisfied with just a day’s hike? For the really adventurous, try wild camping in rural Ireland. Discover unspoilt scenery, out-of-the-way spots and wake up early for those beautiful Irish sunrises. Remember to pack your tent and sleeping bag and you can pitch up under the stars almost anywhere. Make sure you have got the right camping gear and accessories, so you’re ready for any night out in the open.
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5. Over land and sea
The cable car at the Beara Peninsula in West Cork is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Riding 30m above the sea, this is the only cable car in Europe that travels over water. Having braved the ‘tin can’ cable car, the Beara Way loops 11km around the island – a gentle walk after a breathtaking journey!
So now you’ve done your research, you’ve got all the right gear, and you’re ready to start your outdoor adventure. And trust us, Ireland’s waiting for you…
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Thanks to Basecamp.ie for the info.