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What Adventure Sports Can I Do in Ireland?

The Short Answer

These following list is only a sample.
  • Big Wave Surfing
  • Paragliding
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Water skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Hang Gliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Gorge walking
  • Kite buggying
  • River tubing
  • Zip lining
  • Zorbing
  • & More
 

Top Tips for Adventure Sport / Extreme Sport Nuts Who Plan to Visit Ireland

  • Most adventure sports are best enjoyed during the season from March through October, with the exception of caving.
  • Check with local organizations for more information about your favourite adventure sports - kayaking and canoeing, hang gliding and paragliding competitions and festivals are held throughout the season -- and you may want to enter, or to attend as a spectator.
  • Pay attention to weather conditions and forecasts, observe common sense safety rules and make sure that you have the required training and skills to participate. Classes for beginners are offered in many sports - take advantage of them if you need to.
  • Be aware of insurance requirements when planning your trip, and make sure that you have the necessary coverage in place.

The "Whoa, What an Adrenaline Rush!" Answer

Your vacation is the perfect time to try a new, pulse-pounding activity and experience the adventure of a lifetime. Ireland offers plenty of opportunity to make memories of new 'firsts' as well as to revisit favourite sports with a completely new and breathtakingly beautiful scenic backdrop. Adventure sports and extreme sports are growing in popularity in Ireland, particularly among stag and hen parties seeking "something different". Water sports like canoeing, sailing and water-skiing are widely enjoyed across Ireland's coastal regions, inland waterways and rivers, and adventure seekers find new experiences around every bend. Scuba divers experience the world of wonder beneath the waves off Ireland's shores. Between March and October, divers explore numerous underwater shipwrecks and unique rock formations, and come face to face with marine life that inhabits the waters around the island from Antrim to Donegal, Mayo to Galway and Dublin to Wexford. Hang gliding and paragliding offer a brand new perspective on the lush countryside, rolling hills and dramatic coastal scenery, as well as the quiet inland lake country. Rock climbing and caving provide adventures that are more earthbound in nature, from the tops of the Mourne Mountains in County Down, to the rolling hills and deep caves of the Burren at County Clare. Adventure holidays are increasingly popular, taken at resorts that offer a variety of adventure schedules, with lodging and meals provided -- at one convenient base location. Ireland is famous for its surfing, particularly its big wave surfing at locations such as the Cliffs of Moher. In the last couple of decades, a number of extreme sports adventure centres have cropped up, aiming at both corporate visitors and tourists. These centres offer extreme activities such as gorge walking, kite buggying, river tubing, zip lining, zorbing and many more. Make sure to research individual centres well however, as some of these extreme sport business do not last more than a season or two -- it's a tough market.

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