Top travel experiences in Ireland
21 July 2020
There’s no need to travel the length of the world to enjoy an invigorating trek through the countryside or participate in adventure activities; you can do so right here! Whether you’re looking for a walking holiday in Ireland or an active weekend escape, there’s plenty to do across the country. The most breathtaking scenery, exhilarating hiking trails and exciting adventures in the world can be found in Ireland. See our suggestions below for the best walking experiences, landscapes and activities for an unforgettable Irish getaway.
Killarney National Park
If you want to experience the best natural sights in Kerry and explore one of the beautiful parts of Ireland, then lace up your hiking boots and visit Killarney National Park. Ireland’s oldest national park comprises lakes, woodlands and mountains. A hike through the park and up Torc Mountain will give you views over the Three Lakes of Killarney and the McGillycuddy Reeks. A walking holiday in Kerry is a brilliant option, as you’ll be with a professional guide who will lead and perhaps uncover some hidden gems of The Kingdom.
Kayaking in Clew Bay
You don’t need to take part in extreme activities to be adventurous, so if you’re planning a trip to Mayo, we thoroughly recommend kayaking in Clew Bay. The most exciting way to explore the coast of the Wild Atlantic Way is by kayak, where you can see seals and perhaps even dolphins! Best of all, you don’t need to have previous sea kayaking experience and it's one of the top things to do in Mayo.
Hike Croagh Patrick
Climbing Croagh Patrick is a rewarding experience, it’s Ireland’s ‘Holiest Mountain’ and for thousands of years it has been an important pilgrimage destination. You don’t need to be a pilgrim or an expert climber for that matter to appreciate 'The Reek’, as the locals call it. If you have a good level of fitness you can enjoy an energetic hike around Croagh Patrick and take in the fantastic view of Clew Bay and the Mayo landscapes. Although it’s tradition for pilgrims to walk barefoot up the mountain, we thoroughly recommend you wear decent walking boots!
Hop on a bike and cycle the Greenways
Now more than ever, many people are taking up cycling and sometimes it’s the best way to discover a destination. There are many greenways to explore in Ireland, such as the Great Western Greenway in Mayo which begins in Westport and ends at Achill Sound - a total of 42km.
Grab your surfboard
From Bundoran in Donegal to Inch beach in Kerry, there are plenty of amazing places to surf in Ireland and catch the perfect wave. Surfing is a fun activity; you’re out in the fresh air and you get to see the best of Ireland’s coast. If you’re a novice, there are various surf schools around the country who will offer surfing lessons and loan equipment. As an island nation, Ireland truly is a surfer’s paradise, as we’re spoilt for choice with beautiful beaches.
Explore The Burren
Although the smallest national park in Ireland the Burren, which is derived from the word ‘Boireann’ and means a rocky place, has a variety of walking trails. The Burren has fine examples of Dolmens and other prehistoric sites. You can also visit Aillwee Caves, famously featured in an episode of Father Ted as ‘The Very Dark Caves!’
See the most southern and northern points of Ireland
If you want to explore Ireland, we suggest you take a trip from Mizen Head to Malin Head. Mizen Head, in Cork, is believed to be Ireland’s most southerly point and Malin Head in Donegal is the country’s most northerly point. It’s a challenging route, approximately over 600km, attempted by both cyclists and walkers. If you want to take it easy, perhaps use this as an opportunity to take a staycation, travel the Malin to Mizen route or vice versa at your own pace and visit the top attractions in Ireland.
Visit Slieve League
Donegal, perhaps unfairly referred to as the ‘Forgotten County’, encompasses many unspoilt and incredible natural gems. One of the highlights of Donegal is Slieve League Mountain which offers breathtaking coastal views and boasts some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. If you want to experience more Donegal hiking trails, we suggest you explore Glenveagh National Park and Glencolmcille.
Discover the Beara Peninsula
The Beara Peninsula is one of the most outstanding places to visit in Cork. From a compelling coastline to rugged mountainscapes, there’s dramatic scenery at almost every turn and you can enjoy various activities in this part of Rebel County. Take the historic “O’Sullivan Bere March” walking route through the stunning Sheehy mountains, a cable car ride to Dursey Island or visit one of the cosy, colourful villages such as Allihies or Eyeries. Densely studded with Bronze Age remains, the Beara Peninsula is the ideal place to take a step back in time as you wander amongst wedge tombs, stone circles and standing stones and learn more about our beautiful island’s history.
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