Ireland is famous for its spectacular views, mighty cliffs and flourishing green landscapes. It is an oasis for avid explorers and nature lovers alike. With so much to enjoy outside, you might find yourself overwhelmed with choice, so we have summed up our favourite stops for outdoor excursions and avid environmentalists.
Become hypnotised by iridescent skies of sparkling stars, undisturbed by light pollution. Set off on kayak on Lough Hyne and drift through vast waters surrounded by darkness. Feel humbled by the sheer depth of nature surrounding you and your insignificance as you realise the tiny space you take up on this huge terrain.
Home to the largest bird sanctuary in the world, this picturesque haven of stunning natural scenery will leave you mesmerised. Hike the unique landscapes and explore the remote isle, glimpsing rare bird species and playful seals. You can travel here by boat, setting off from Kilmore Quay for a day trip packed with wildlife, flora and vivacious ocean panoramas.
No nature lovers island excursion is complete without a trip to the gorgeous coastline. Grab a coffee and stroll along one of Ireland's beautiful beaches as the waves crash to shore, creeping closer as the day drifts on. For the thrill-seekers, try out one of the many watersports on offer, from surfing and sailing to paddleboarding or kayaking. Feel at one with the crystal waters as the breeze envelopes you out at sea. When you get hungry, grab some food and enjoy a peaceful picnic on the beach as you soak up the views over the horizon. Don't forget to bring a ball or some beach games to enjoy whilst you're there!
Edge across Irelands infamous at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Originally erected by fishermen who did not want to rely on boats to catch their salmon, this bridge is over 250 years old and a top tourist destination for visitors to Ireland. It will have you bobbing 98ft above the sea as you creep across, daring to glance down at the stunning turquoise waters shrouded by vast towering cliffs. It is honestly breathtaking! Don't forget your camera and some cash to pay the small crossing fee as you will not find any ATM's nearby!
An absolute must-visit for nature lovers, Powerscourt is Irelands highest waterfall, towering at 121 metres. Watch in awe at the crashing water cascade from this towering waterfall buried among abundant greenery. Nearby you can host barbeques, and kids can enjoy the playground, making this the perfect day trip for the whole family to enjoy. If that isn't enough to fulfil your waterfall wanderlust, then why not head to the famous Torc Waterfall in Kerry or Gelnbarrow Waterfall in Laois.
For any avid cyclists, you have come to the right place! Ireland has its very own 42km cycling path called The Mayo Greenway, packed with remarkable views, charming villages and glistening coastlines backed by glorious mountains. This is the perfect trip to pack a few different sites into one day whilst enjoying the journey to each destination! Cycle over to Achill Island and spend the day exploring, taking in the extraordinary surroundings and even stay the night at one of the endearing bed and breakfasts if you really can't get enough!