Are you the type of person up for an adventure? Does a challenge excite you? Boasting incredible landscapes from the mountains in Co Kerry to the many lakes in Co Clare, there’s an activity out there for everyone. Whether you’re someone who loves an adrenaline rush or someone looking for a fun day out for your children, look no further than these places in Ireland. Here are 10 adventure parks that you MUST try out, dotted all over the country.
1. Castlecomer Discovery Park, Co. Kilkenny
Located in the heart of Co Kilkenny in the South East, this 80-acre forest park is the ideal destination for a family day out. There is something for everyone, ranging from the Zipline and High Ropes Course to Tree Top Adventure Walk, orienteering trails for those who love a good hike, to the Elf & Fairy Village for the little ones. The adventure park boasts the longest over-water Zipline in the entire country. On site is the Jarrow Café where you can boost your energy before heading out to challenge the climbing wall. Suitable for those of primary school age, secondary school age or even if you’re looking for somewhere to hold a hen party, Castlecomer Discovery Park is a must see.
2. Clara Lara, Co. Wicklow
Just over an hour from Dublin, Clara Lara is the place to go if you have little ones with lots of energy and a love for water. The FunPark is a place where children can have the opportunity to paddle their own amphicat canoe, brave the aqua-shuttle water slide and test their skills in the obstacle courses. For those with a love for speed, the Junior Go-Karts are a must see. There are multiple family activities on offer; from mini golf to rowing, Clara Lara is a destination if you’d like your children to embrace the outdoors. All the activities are carried out in an extremely safe manner!
3. Tayto Park, Co. Meath
Both a theme park and a zoo, this is the home of famous Irish crisps Tayto. If you’re a thrill seeker, Tayto Park is for you, with a huge variety of amusements. Are you brave enough for the Air Race, a twisting and turning aerial adventure? Try out Endeavour, one of the park’s newest attractions if you’re an adrenaline junkie. Cú Chulainn Coaster is Ireland’s first rollercoaster and the largest of its kind in Europe. If you’re curious you can explore the Tayto Museum and learn how Taytos are made. If you have animal lovers among you, the park has a zoo with animals from all over the world, from the Amur Tiger, the Squirrel Monkey to the impressive American Bison.
4. Dunmore Adventure, Co. Waterford
Situated right beside the sea in Stoney Cove, this adventure centre offers activities suitable for families, youth and adults. One of the main attractions is the Wibit Wipeout, the only obstacle course of its type in Ireland! Here you can take part in caving, archery and attempt the Powerfan freefall. For a fan of water based sports, you can take part in sailing, stand up paddling boarding, windsurfing and sea kayaking. The difficulty levels of each activity vary depending on those participating. The area is home to spectacular views. Dunmore Adventure is a must-see if you’re at home in water and a fan of leaving your comfort zone.
5. Basecamp Action Adventure Park, Co. Limerick
Are you someone who loves the thrill of outdoor pursuits? Only 30 minutes from Limerick city, this action adventure park is a place where you can challenge yourself to activities that require skills. Get suited and head out into the forests where adventures await. Have you what it takes for Airsoft? In 2015 the park expanded and now includes Splatball, Forest 3D archery, Bushcraft and Survival. Bushcraft is an opportunity for people of ages to learn the skills of survival, including fire lighting shelter building and water retrieval and purification. Get your heart pumping with a strategic game of paintball. Children from 8 years old and upwards can take part in activities. If you like to challenge yourself, then head to Limerick and let yourself run wild.