Things to Do in Ireland - Experiences & Adventure
With Ireland’s rugged coastline and rolling hills, there is limitless scope for outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, horse riding are just the beginning. Hiking and biking along the Wild Atlantic Way are the best ways to really experience Ireland's stunning coastline.
There are a huge variety of walking and cycling trails marked out throughout the countryside. Trails vary from relaxed, off-road flat land suitable for all, to more rugged and challenging for the more experienced.
Skellig Michael, Co Kerry
Landing at Skellig Michael you’ll climb the original 6th century steps to one of the oldest and best-preserved monasteries in Europe. As you’re climbing the 600 steps, you’ll wonder why anyone would live on such a remote rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. When you reach the site of the monastery you begin to understand.
Trips Details :
You will depart the Village of Portmagee at about 10.00 am. The journey to the Small Skelligs will take 45 minutes approximately. You will spend 10 to 15 minutes around the small Skelligs. From here it is a 5 minute journey to Skellig Michael, home of the monastery. Once on the Island you will be given between 2 to 2.5 hrs to visit the monastery and experience the Island. This will depend on the weather conditions. You will then return to the boat and the journey home will take around 50 minutes. You will be back in Portmagee by 3pm. All of these times will depend on the sea conditions on any particular days crossing.
Guided Hike on Dingle Peninsula
A spine of mountains form the back bone of this place of outstanding natural beauty – overlaid with an extraordinary human interaction with land and seascapes with 3500 archaeological antiquities mere hints in the story…Mount Eagle is one of the great coastal hillwalks on Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard. The route follows a turf-cutter’s road to the rounded summit before it descends a tapering ridge-line that extends to the westernmost rocks in Ireland. The lofty situation of this place and its vast panoramas of the Atlantic bays of the region, local headlands, mountains and islands make this quiet simply; as good as it ever gets! (8 kms / 5 miles distant with 450 / 1600 ft of ascent over rough trails and open hillsides)
Private Guided Cycle on Inishowen Peninsula
This tour starts at the beautiful Culdaff Blue Flag beach and continues through the village and surrounding countryside. Your guide will tell you about Culdaff and bring you to interesting historical sites; the ruins of a 16th century church, Early Christian high crosses and a stone circle. The route has some hill climbs, but overall is not a challenging tour and follows a loop back to the beach. Stop for a pub lunch to keep your energy high. Enjoy some of the best sights the north of Ireland has to offer.
Private guide walk on Loop Head, Co. Clare
The 2 Hour walk takes in the estuary side of the peninsula as tell the tales of the folklore related to the four main ring forts which defend the promontory of Loophead and the sea serpent which claimed the lives of the three brothers of the ring forts. Along the cliffs are an abundant of seabirds and sea life and we often view seals sitting on the rocks at the base of the cliffs. The formation and geology of the peninsula is an interesting element of the walk as are the flowers which grow along the cliffs. The story of Cuchulainn's Leap and off the Lovers Grainne and Diarmuid add to this already mystical place and the walk is completed with the history of the establishment of Loophead lighthouse. Away from the hustle and bustle of the cliffs of Moher, take in the spectacular views on this private tour.
Cycle Through the Inish More, Aran Islands
Weather permitting, take the ferry from Doolin to the Aran Islands. Inishmore is the biggest of the islands and most popular. Marvel at the miles and miles of bare stone walls fencing in tiny fields and an ancient way of life. Take a bike hire and cycle across the island to Dun Aonghasa, a semi-circle stone fort overlooking the Atlantic. This famous archaeological site has had people living here since 1,500BC. The island is definitely worth a visit!
Ireland’s coastline is stunning, and the water is clean and clear with sheltered coves, caves and islands to visit and explore. Jump in and try scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and kite surfing. Ireland has huge beaches and some of the best surf in the world! See our West of Ireland Tours to step on Ireland's best surfing beaches.
With a combination of high speed thrills, wonderful wildlife and stunning coastal scenery, this is the fun way to see Ireland's coast up close. Usually two hours but can last longer if a pod of dolphins are friendly! Feel invigorated and thrilled!
Pony Trekking on a Pristine Beach
There are few places in the world with such stunning, empty beaches to enjoy at full gallop. If you have experience in horse riding and pony trekking- this is the adventure for you.
Migrating past the Irish coastline, you will be privileged to witness these magnificent creatures as they feed, swim and bask in the Irish waters. The south and west of the country's waters are were the best sightings are to be had. Weather permitting, you will be taken on board for up to three hours with an expert in Irish marine sea life and in particular these gentle giants of the sea.
Being an Island nation, it is no surprise that one of the best things to do in Ireland is to jump in and get wet. Here is some of our favorite water sport adventures.
Night Kayaking in a Salt Water Lake
One of our favourite hidden gems is a night time kayak under moonlight in Europe’s only salt water lake called Lough Hyne in West Cork. Experience the natural phenomenon of the phosphorescence (Bioluminescence), microscopic phytoplankton releasing their stored-up light energy when they come in contact with your hand, kayak or paddle. This marine reserve, the first of its kind, established in the 1860s has marine life that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world!
Snorkeling in Ireland's Pristine Waters
Waters warmed by the gulf stream from the gulf of Mexico creates a coastline rich with sealife. Your expert guide will show you the best hidden spots to discover Ireland's wild Atlantic up close.
Surfing on the Wild Atlantic Way
You'll find out why everyone is talking about surfing on the west coast of Ireland. The area has some of the best surfing in Europe. Wold-famous big waves roll in off the Atlantic. If it your first time, take a beginners lesson and try it out.
Ireland's history and culture is what makes us famous. Discover the real hidden Ireland.
History & Whiskey Pubs Private Guided Walk in Dublin City Centre
This four and a half hour private walking tour first takes your through the Irish whiskey museum discovering an insight into the history of Irish whiskey from its first inception in the 6th century through its peak in the 18th century. Your guide is fun, knowledgeable and engaging and brings you to local Dublin whiskey pubs through the lively Temple Bar part of the city where you willl be advised on the best whiskey to try. The tour takes you through some of the oldest parts of the city and then on to the famous Jameson Distillary. Your guided tour, where you will see, taste and smell the Jameson Irish whiskey experience. The tour brings you through the living history of the Old Jameson Distillery, where the legend of John Jameson began. You’ll get a glimpse into the past, and the craft and traditions, for over two centuries. You will end the tour by putting theory into practice, with a comparative tasting, giving you an understanding of the key differences between Scotch, American and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Since memories can fade over time, you’ll also be given a refreshing Jameson Ginger and Lime, a coveted Jameson Whiskey Tasting Certificate, and all the bragging rights that come with it.
Pirates & Irish Clans in Baltimore Castle, Baltimore
Experience 800 years of Ireland's History with a private guided tour by 13th Century Norman castle's owner. Discover Ireland's Pirates, Battling Irish Clans and Norman invaders.
Artisan Food, Remote Peninsula & Historic Country House
The Beara is a ruggedly beautiful peninsula that is steeped in a rich, absorbing history and packed full of characters with amazing stories to tell. You will experience some of Ireland’s most iconic ancient monuments that are dotted throughout this enchanting landscape and introduce you to some of those personalities that have put West Cork on the world culinary stage.
This half day tour will take you along the road less traveled allowing you to soak up some of the best views in the country whilst meeting some of the pioneers of the Irish food industry. The first stop is with a local cheesemaker, where you will meet this world renowned artisan producer and watch as she demonstrates the cheesemaking process. Onwards to a guided tour of a famous historic house with a glass of wine on the lawn to allow time to absorb in the stunning views. Finish off the tour with tastes of local produce at a local cafe
Live Sports Matches
Ireland has it's own amateur national sport that draws crowds of 80,000 people to the championship finals. Hurling and Football are played fast with fierce rivalry between clubs and counties. Discover on of the best parts of Ireland's culture.
Ireland hosts world class horse racing. Experience the thrill, the wins the excitement. Enjoy dinner with a view of the course and a night out to remember.
Belfast City Black Taxi Tour
Belfast is great for sightseeing. Enjoy the traditional black taxi with your expert guide. Take in Donegall Street and visit St. Anne’s Cathedral & Quarter and the Home Front Exhibition. The Wall Murals, Memorial Park and the district of Shankill. Northern Ireland contains arguably the most famous political murals which have become symbols of Northern Island, depicting the region’s past and present divisions. Almost 2,000 murals have been documented in Northern Ireland since the 1970s. Belfast will present you with a city full of culture and warmth – whatever the weather.
Kinsale Harbour Cruise
This unique trip is an opportunity to view Kinsale from the water. A perfect combination of culture, information, relaxation and stunning scenery. Kinsale has a wealth of historic sites and our tour gives you a birds eye view and an opportunity to appreciate them in context. Jerome’s commentary gives a brief history with anecdotal legends and an insight into how the town has developed over the centuries.
Fitness & Wellbeing Retreat
Organised by Irish celebrity Kathryn Thomas, this luxury bootcamp with life coaching and nutrition advice is designed to invigorate you and bring you back to your better self. Kaythryn's healthy living and infectious energy will drive you beyond your comfort zone and leave you felling fantastic. The weekend retreat focuses on getting you fitter, renewing confidence and inspiring long-term lifestyle changes. Get away from it all in a rustic Irish setting, forget about the stresses of everyday life and discover your wild side! Enjoy fantastic views of the Kerry coast and exercise in the fresh Atlantic air.
All of the courses at the Dunbrody Cookery School have been personally designed by Celebrity Masterchef Kevin Dundon who can often be viewed on RTE in Ireland and PBS in the USA with his TV show Modern Irish Food, HEAT and BBC′s Saturday Kitchen. The cookery school has also received numerous excellent reports from magazines like Departures Magazine, Sainsbury′s Food, Waitrose Illustrated, Olive, Food & Wine and many newspapers too.
Under the care and guidance of the Cookery School Chef Julien Clemot, guests will learn the secrets of producing fine food using only the best of quality Irish ingredients. The emphasis at Dunbrody Cookery School is on freshness and seasonality of locally-sourced ingredients and utilizing these to achieve fabulous dishes without the worry of overly-complicated recipes.
Afternoon Seawater Seaweed Spa Treatment
Relax in a luxurious wild and organic bath of coastal seaweed. Your skin feels renewed by the natural minerals and oils while tension and stress melt away. The natural detoxifying process leaves you revived and invigorated. Follow your treatment with a full body message and you will feel like the clean Atlantic air swept your every day stresses away!
Salmon Fishing in the North West
Ireland has an extensive river network populated by well managed salmon and trout fisheries. Spend an afternoon with a guide to take you to the best spots. This challenging yet relaxing traditional sport is not to be missed for the fishing enthusiast.
Enjoy a falconry display or a private lesson on how to work with the magnificent birds. This is a great way to get out into the fabulous castle estates in Ireland.
Wild Atlantic Deep Sea Angling
Start early and head out to the open sea on the south west coast of the country. This is not for the faint hearted! Your captain will bring you to the deep waters were the big fish are plentiful. The weather can change, and the day can be long, but the thrill of catching one these impressive fish is an experience to stay with you. Send the fish back into the sea unharmed and head back to dry land taking in the fantastic sea views. You will be windswept and satisfied after experiencing one of the highlights of your trip.
Clay Pigeon Shooting & Archery
The old tradition is kept alive on the big castle estates through out the country. Try a real life Downton Abbey experience and live like a lord or lady for an afternoon.