Ireland is lucky to be blessed with a diversified landscape so it’s a paradise for a broad range of outdoor activities and pursuits. It’s no wonder then, that Ireland has become one of the top destinations for people who love to enjoy the great outdoors.
Rural Ireland has lakes, rivers, mountains, forests, bogs, beaches and cliffs which all go together to create an undulating landscape, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor pursuits. You could say that Ireland’s terrain was designed especially for outdoor activities!
So, if you are looking for a healthy way to exercise while enjoying the breathtaking surroundings in a natural and beautiful environment, enjoy some active recreation in the countryside.
There are lots to see and do on this green isle of ours. Walking and cycling are probably the best ways to explore the countryside at your own pace. The country is covered with walking tracks and trails whether you prefer rambling or hiking. For the more adventurous there’s a network of Waymarked Ways and there’s even Walking Festivals for the ultimate enthusiast!
Cycling is also a very popular means of getting around and exploring the countryside. Cycling in Ireland is a very pleasant experience as there are miles and miles of quiet country roads, bike trails and long distance cycling routes, so whether you’re a pro or a beginner, there is something for everyone. You should have no problem finding ‘Bike Hire’ outlets throughout Ireland whether you need a bike for a week or a day.
A journey by horseback through the picturesque countryside or along a sandy beach is an exhilarating experience. Most equestrian centres throughout the country run daily guided horse trekking tours for all levels of experience.
Of course, Ireland has established itself as a world destination for golfers. There are over 400 golf courses scattered throughout Ireland, from magnificent championship links courses to modest and unassuming golf courses for beginners.
Fishing enthusiasts will feel right at home here, as Ireland is widely recognised as a superb fishing destination. This is mainly due to the country’s miles of coastline, beaches and rocky inlets. Its unpolluted rivers and lakes are brimming with fish, providing excellent opportunities for you to enjoy a spot of angling while on holidays.
We also boast one of the best places in the world to enjoy watersports such as sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, surfing and diving. Our popularity for this is due to our location on the edge of Europe, right on the path of the Gulf Stream, which creates warmer waters with clearer visibility. Most of these water sports are available all year round.
For something a bit more strenuous and demanding, why not try some absailing or rock climbing? If you are really feeling up for a challenge – have a go at climbing the highest mountain in Ireland – Carrauntoohill (approx 3409 ft).
And if you’re looking for more fun and adventure you can try your hand at paintballing, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking.
You can enjoy pretty much anything when you visit Ireland, so make sure to put some outdoor activities on your holiday itinerary…
Have you enjoyed Ireland’s outdoors? What was the highlight for you? Anything else you could recommend? Drop us a line and let us know what activities you got up to…