Incredible menu of exciting activities in truly spectacular settings

Everyone wants to surf in Lahinch, ideal for all levels of surfers from novice to professional, bodyboarders, kayakers and SUP-ers too.

Loop Head Lighthouse is the pinnacle of the Love Loop Head tourist collective. From deep sea fishing trips, golf links and walking trails to renting an electric bike to tour the peninsula stopping along the way for great sips and nibbles.

Burren Food Festival, County Clare.

The Burren Food Trail is a great way to experience a taste of this protected region, from honey to smoked fish. Take a Hawk Walk at the Aillwee Bird of Prey Center for a rare opportunity to interact with these incredible predators. Check out the on-site farm shop selling locally made cheese and fudge.

Limerick

Life is better on two wheels in Limerick!

Ballyhoura’s mountain bike trails are perfect for a solo, family or group activity.

The recently opened Limerick Greenway is a 40km footpath built along the former Limerick to Tralee railway line. Do it all at once or tackle the sections at your own pace.

Ditch the pedal power and opt for a Retroventure instead. Specializing in retro motorbike hire including sidecars, self-guide or a guided tour of the Limerick countryside.

Tipperary

If you love cheese, visit Cashel Farmhouse Cheese Visitor Experience to learn how the Grubb family has been making cheese for over three decades. You’ll want honey with your cheese, so head over to Galtee Honey Farm which offers one-day beekeeping workshops for anyone interested in the secret life of bees.

Reopening from June 5, children can go wild on Aquasplash’s giant inflatable obstacle course on Lough Derg while parents take a break on a pedalo or try their hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding. End your day with a visit to Ireland’s premier storefront in Mitchelstown. Keep an eye out for news of special underground events.

Kerry

Famous for hiking, golf and the amazing Skellig and Blasket Islands. The surf is almost always at Castlegregory, Brandon Beach and Dingle; and if you need a simple solution to keep the kids entertained, the Adventure Centers of Killorglin, Killarney, Kenmare, Tralee and Dingle have you covered.

Inish Tuaisceart's Blasket Island, a spectacular backdrop for golfers at Ceann Sibeal Golf Club on the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry.
Inish Tuaisceart’s Blasket Island, a spectacular backdrop for golfers at Ceann Sibeal Golf Club on the Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry.

The Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco Activity Park offers an outdoor climbing wall, e-bikes and pedal boats, and a self-guided Wetlands Park Eco Tour (download the audio tour from the website). Experience a captivating bioluminescent light show on a nighttime kayak in Kenmare Bay. The next day, book in for a taste of Kenmare with a twist on the Hike & Bite gourmet tour.

The mushrooms may have left Dingle, but there are plenty of sea animals to spot on a sea safari in Dingle – puffins, whales, dolphins and seals. Combine it with a visit to Ireland’s largest aquarium, Dingle Oceanworld.

Cork

Discover the rebel city from a different perspective. Kayak down the River Lee, explore the city at low tide, and discover why Cork was once known as the Venice of the North.

Book a private flying lesson near Cork Airport or soar over Farran Forest on a zipline adventure. Roll down a hill in a giant inflatable zorbing ball at Funmanway, near Dunmanway, where GAA leaders can follow the new Sam Maguire Trail.

Feeling tense? Maybe a little ax throwing at Ballyhass Lakes is for you!

If the sea beckons, Cork’s 2,000 km of coastline offers plenty of choice. Sailing schools from Baltimore to Oysterhaven to Kinsale, and come summer, dragon boat race crews are looking for volunteers. Sail to West Cork’s eight islands, each with its own personality: storytelling, wild camping and cooking schools that leave their mark.

Marvel at the Teardrop of Ireland, the Fastnet Lighthouse, or head out of Courtmacsherry Bay around the Seven Heads for some of the best whale watching in Ireland.

Waterford

The Waterford and Suir Valley Railway is a 10km narrow gauge heritage railway that runs along the banks of the River Suir. The 46km Waterford Greenway offers safe walking and cycling routes along the famous Copper Coast.

Get in the car and take the scenic route, stopping at The Sea Gardener for a guided seaweed foraging tour. If you’ve ever wanted to try sand art, workshops are held on Kilmurrin Beach.

LEINSTER

Offali

The annual Birr Castle Hot Air Balloon Challenge is back this year and after marveling at the balloons, kids can go wild at the Birr Castle Treehouse and Science Centre. For pure adrenaline junkies, a 10,000 foot skydive awaits – in tandem or solo.

    Hot air balloons fly over Birr and its surroundings in Offaly.  Photo: Brian Arthur
Hot air balloons fly over Birr and its surroundings in Offaly. Photo: Brian Arthur

Westmeath

If you haven’t heard it already, Fleadh Cheoil returns to Westmeath, from July 31 to August 7. While enjoying the festivities, take a tour of Athlone Castle and join a Viking boat tour. For something different, take a sunset cruise with friends on Ireland’s only hot tub!

Meath

Laytown Races is the only racing event in Ireland held on a beach. It has a history of 150 years and the next meeting will be on September 8. Cruise the old Boyne River on a tour that includes an artisan food experience – delicious!

Meath is full of fun things for children. Funtasia, Bettystown and Tayto Park – paradise for the excited little ones. Or bring them back to nature by visiting Newgrange Farm where kids can pet animals, milk a cow and hold a chicken.Louth

Sea Louth is a scenic seafood trail that combines Louth’s 70km coastline with the best seafood the county has to offer. Pick up a road map of the 14 scenic viewpoints and your Sea Louth Passport at the Visitor Information Center.

Galtee Honey Farm has 170 hives of honey bees divided into groups called apiaries within a 25 mile radius in the Vee Valley.
Galtee Honey Farm has 170 hives of honey bees divided into groups called apiaries within a 25 mile radius in the Vee Valley.

Want to drive things really fast then shoot things out of the sky? Quad biking and skeet shooting are your thing. Louth has you covered!

Longford

EZXploring mixes geocaching, adventure trails and education for a highly interactive experience where children and adults can learn all there is to know about Longford – and it’s completely free, which can help if you have booked at Center Parcs…

Laois

The Slieve Bloom Mountains are hosting a walking festival this year from April 29 to May 2, or hit the mountain bike trails any time of year. If sea swimming doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps a dip in Ballinakill’s 35m heated outdoor pool would, or explore the Grand Canal on a barge for a secret view of Laois.

Carlow

Head to the Blackstairs Mountains and learn about myths and lore on a Celtic Tree Trail, book a foraging tour or go stargazing. Put your hands to work and join soap or chocolate making workshops in the beautiful countryside of Carlow.

Kilkenny

Discover Kilkenny’s hurling roots and have a little fun in the agus ceol at the unique family Malzards Irish Hurling Experience.

Take the River Barrow, sometimes described as the Carrauntoohil of rivers: dramatic, beautiful and accessible to all levels of experience, from the complete beginner to the adrenaline junkie of Whitewater. Try a complete immersion in the wilderness trails lasting 1 to 3 days with Go With The Flow.

Sailing the River Barrow in Kilkenny.
Sailing the River Barrow in Kilkenny.

Wexford

Visit Hook Head Lighthouse, put on a snorkel and explore Solomon’s Hole. A choice of five wreck sites off the peninsula to dive in or sign up for the Tri the Hook triathlon in August!

Take things down a notch and explore Wexford Lavender Farm in the summer (perfect for the ‘Gram) and give the kids an experience they’ll never forget at Seal Rescue Ireland feeding baby seals.

If you like your adrenaline rush extending to your food, check out Smokin’ Soul, which hosts smoke and fire cooking workshops.

Kildare

Do you feel the need for speed? Mondello Park Racing offers different driving “thrills” to get you on the right track. Kildare is home to three incredible tracks for world-class horse racing or teeing off for a round of golf at one of Kildare’s twelve golf courses.

Wicklow

Think Wicklow, think Glendalough. As the evenings lengthen, join a night hike around this area of ​​natural beauty. Explore the Garden of Ireland in a traditional horse-drawn caravan or on a donkey walking holiday. Step up a gear with Coasteering at Bray, an exhilarating mix of rock climbing, ocean swimming, caving and cliff jumping.

Dublin

Only in our capital could one find activities as diverse as dry-piste skiing in Killernan, roller disco in Walkinstown, white-water rafting in Palmerstown and kitesurfing on Dollymount Strand!

Try your hand at Wingsurfing in Docklands or hire a tandem bike with your best friend and explore Phoenix Park. And as you fly from place to place, search for the Talking Statues QR code on twelve of Dublin’s most famous statues, from James Joyce to Molly Malone, to hear the stories behind them.

Sally J. Minick