If it is adrenaline you are looking for, Ireland has everything you want. Below is the top eight activities you can do in Ireland.
If you love the outdoors, but you are on a low budget, then hiking is definitely your go-to sport. It might sound a bit dull compared to the other extreme activities, but Ireland’s landscape, surrounded with castles, caves, beaches and forests out of a fairy tale will ensure you a boredom-free trek. Whether you choose UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway or one of the many Game of Thrones’ locations, Ireland will always offer a unique experience for all hiking enthusiasts.
Where to do it? There is not really a specific county. Just go out there and explore!
Ok, so if none of the above satisfied your adrenaline rush, skydiving should do the trick. Why jumping from a cliff while you can plunge into a free fall from an aircraft 10,000 feet high up in the air? Skydiving might not be that common in Ireland yet, but it is quickly growing in popularity. Especially for stag and hen parties (although in my days we only drank and went clubbing).
Where to do it? There are a couple of skydiving experiences near Kildare and Offaly.
If Irish rocks are good enough to climb up, they are certainly good enough to climb down. Abseiling, or rappelling, as it is also known, is the opposite activity to climbing. It basically consists in descending from a cliff using a series of ropes and special equipment. It does not require the same amount of strength than climbing (which makes it perfect if you have super weak arms like me), but it is still full of adrenaline and excitement! Also, if you manage to ignore the nerves and have a look around, you will discover that the view is gorgeous!
Where to do it? Luckily, Ireland is full of cliffs, so you can abseil in Clare, Cork, Dublin, Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Wicklow and many other counties around the island.
5. Rock climbing
There are several spots to try indoor rock climbing, but with a landscape like the Irish one, why would you even think about staying inside? Rock climbing is possibly one of the most challenging extreme sports in this list, which is why it is so fun to do it! Besides, Ireland’s natural cliffs and rock formations make the experience even more unforgettable. Just take into account that if you are new to this sport, you really need to learn some of the basic techniques before actually start climbing. So, book a lesson with an instructor first.
Where to do it? You can find some rock climbing classes in Cork, Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Kerry or Wicklow.