Explore Ireland’s Great Outdoors – Five Thrilling Adventures to Enjoy

It’s time to get outdoors. We have had some really sunny days recently, and it’s only going to get better in the weeks to come. Ireland offers an array of outdoorsy adventures, activities and things to do and one mustn’t miss out on these fabulous ways to get more out of life.

Whatever you fancy – from biking, horse riding, diving off the Forty Foot, or more – Ireland really spoils you when it comes to things to do in the great outdoors.

Perhaps as a starting point, you might want to try out these five absolutely thrilling adventures that you can have outdoors in Ireland.

Small Group Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour From Dublin with horseback riding

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This Viator Tour helps you trade the big city for a day in nature. And is there anyone who wouldn’t want this trade-in?

It’s a full-day tour from Dublin and your destination is the wild and beautiful County of Wicklow, located just south of the capital. Upon your arrival in Wicklow Mountains National Park, you’ll get up close and personal with the scenery when you embark on a several-hour horseback riding tour of the area. Following lunch in the quaint village of Enniskerry (own expense), see more of the area’s highlights and make your way to Glendalough: the site of a sixth-century monastery.

You will also get to soak in the beauty of the Guinness Lake that sits in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It is the film location of the ‘Vikings series and ‘Brave Heart

To enjoy this outdoor adventure, you will need a moderate physical fitness level. If this sounds like your kind of fun, find a booking link here.

Dublin, Kilkenny, Wicklow & Glendalough with sheepdog trial

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What’s outdoorsy about this trail, you ask. Well, for starters, this tour involves a lot of walking and most of it is in the beautiful environs of Wicklow, Kilkenny and more.

This Get Your Guide tour provides you with an opportunity to get far away from the maddening crowds of city life.

On this day spent mostly outdoors, you will admire the tower of Glendalough, the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin.

Depart from Dublin and make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop.

Visit the monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

If you’re truly aching to ‘get far from the maddening crowd’ book your trip here.

Ring of Kerry Full Day Tour from Limerick

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Is there anything more beautiful and exhilarating than spending an entire day out exploring the Ring of Kerry?

The Ring of Kerry is an important part of Ireland’s mystical heritage and has long attracted visitors. This Get Your Guide tour lets you marvel at the spectacular views along the Atlantic coast.

Your journey begins on the official Ring of Kerry driving route, where you’ll begin to see views of the famous mountains and lakes of Kerry. Pass through Killorglin, home to the ancient Celtic festival, when a goat is crowned king of the village. See the statue of King Puck as you cross the River Laune. As your drive continues, you’ll have amazing views of Dingle Bay. See the famed Inch Beach and you may even see the Blasket Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The picturesque little village of Waterville overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay, best known for the Skellig Rocks with their early Christian monastery. Charlie Chaplin loved Waterville and was a regular visitor. You’ll see a statue in his honour, unveiled in 1998. En route to Sneem, you’ll make brief stops at some of the most famous viewing points in Ireland.

While this tour is not about getting on horseback or going river rafting, it helps you get out of your home, and explore colourful villages, Killarney National Park and more.

It’s an outdoor adventure of sorts in Ireland where you have all the comforts of a bus tour and the best views in Ireland.

You will be able to take in the magnificent views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley during stops at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. Torc Waterfall, 18 meters high, cascades through the wooded Friars Glenn.

If this sounds like your kind of Irish outdoorsy day, find a booking link here.

Dublin Panoramic E-Bike Tour with Howth Adventures

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If you like the outdoors and love biking, then this is right up your alley.

You can get a comprehensive tour of Howth on a bike without getting out of breath. Touring via electric bike (e-bike) means you can pedal as much or as little as you like, following your guide to Howth’s top highlights. Stop for commentary, questions, and photo ops of landmarks such as the Summit, the Howth Cliffs, Baily Lighthouse, Martello Towers, and others.

What’s more – these tours are limited to a small group of just eight people and it means an intimate atmosphere is guaranteed.

Interested? Find a booking link right here.

Cork City Cycle Tour – Experience the beautiful and historic city by bike

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Would you like to say hello to Cork, and experience its many chars while on your bike?

Cork ranks among the most attractive cities in Ireland, with beautiful architecture and fine Lee River views—but seeing the best of the city on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, spin along Cork’s cycle lanes and riverside pathways by bike, and hit top attractions including Fitzgerald’s Park and St. Finbarr’s Cathedral with ease. With bike and helmet hire included, listen as your guide brings Cork’s history to life.

What’s not to like about this great day out? Exploring Cork, and all that it has to offer – from its outdoors, architecture and more seems like a great way to get to know this city. Also helps you on your journey to get more active, and fit!

Find a booking link here.

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Prerna Shah
Prerna Shah
Prerna Shah is a media and content professional with over a decade of experience in both print as well as digital. She pursues her love of a good story and storytelling by writing features, blogs, essays and interviews.

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