They say Ireland is a land of adventure. Characterised by its rugged wilderness, painted landscapes, towering mountains, and wild waters, outdoor activities thrive en masse. Curious to #ExploreIrelandAgain? These are ten unforgettable Irish adventures to try this summer.

The lilt of the Irish accent, storybook towns, traditional pubs, creamy-topped Guinness; indeed, much comes to the fore when we think of the Emerald Isle. 

Outdoor activities are just another one of the main reasons visitors choose Ireland as the ultimate travel destination. From climbing and biking to wild swimming and high-intensity water sports, there’s so much to choose from; these are our ten unforgettable Irish adventures to try this summer.

10. Rock climbing 

Rock climbing at Muckross Head | Ireland’s Content Pool

Rock climbing is another one of the unforgettable Irish adventures to try this summer. A haven for climbers, the island of Ireland is peppered with unique and challenging sites for the novice and advanced. 

Dalkey Quarry in County Dublin is ideal for those located in the capital city, but if you’re looking to get off the beaten track, try the Mourne Mountains in County Down or the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway.

9. Scuba Diving 

Although scuba diving is not often associated with Ireland, you may be interested to know that amazing underwater adventures can be had along Ireland’s 3,171-kilometre coastline.

Some of the best spots to try out scuba diving in Ireland include the mystical Skellig Islands off the coast of Kerry, Fanore in County Clare, and Killary Fjord in Connemara. 

8. Kitesurfing

Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford | Ireland’s Content Pool

With an endless coastline and windy climate, Ireland is a playground for kitesurfers. Although classified as an extreme sport, kitesurfing is relatively safe compared to others and, although challenging, is wildly exhilarating. 

Top spots to give it a try in Ireland include Achill Island in County Mayo, Burrow Beach in County Dublin, and Tramore Beach in County Waterford.

7. Horse riding

Horses are synonymous with the Emerald Isle. Beautiful and wild, their spirit mimics that of the island in question and with this in mind, it comes as no surprise that horseriding in Ireland is prevalent. 

If you’re looking for an unforgettable Irish adventure to try this summer, book a horseriding excursion. Many stables offer multi-day trips, or simply integrate a trek into a tour along Ireland’s magical west coast.¬†

6. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

SUP, Co. Kerry | Ireland’s Content Pool

In recent years SUP has taken off and is now a hugely popular watersport in Ireland. Laidback and low-key, this is the ideal adventure activity for those who want to physically challenge themselves at a slower pace.

Perfect for travellers looking to embrace their surroundings and enjoy the scenery, there are tonnes of places to SUP in Ireland. Our votes go to the Reeks District of Kerry and Connemara in Galway. 

5. Wild swimming

Wild swimming is an age-old sport in Ireland. And, while we may not boast the warmest climate, year-round residents take to the open water to embrace the elements. 

If you’re unsure if you have it in you or not, perhaps a wetsuit is advisable. In terms of the best spot, there are too many to choose from!

4. Kayaking

Adventure kayaking on lake in Ireland
Kayaking, Co. Kerry | Ireland’s Content Pool

Kayaking is a great adventure sport for those who want to take it slow and enjoy the stunning scenery which surrounds them.

A popular sport in Ireland, there are endless places to suit up and paddle about. Some of our favourite spots include kayaking the glacial fjord of Connemara and the Lakes of Killarney.

3. Hiking

One of the most unforgettable Irish adventures to try this summer is free and available in abundance on the Emerald Isle: hiking. 

As Ireland is a treasure trove of impressive mountains, enchanting valleys, cliff walks and coastal trails, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing what to explore on foot.

2. Biking

e-Biking, Co. Galway

Ireland is favoured by bikers for many reasons. Its small size makes the country relatively accessible in a short timeframe; its roads are challenging, and its landscapes varied. 

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or it’s your first hurrah, you’re bound to find a route to suit you. For those who want to go it electric, e-bike tours in Ireland are also an option!

1. Surfing

If you’re pondering unforgettable Irish adventures to try this summer, surfing has to top the list.¬†

Some of the most exciting places to catch a wave year-round include Inch Strand, County Kerry and Inchydoney in County Cork. For big waves, head to Easkey in County Sligo.