5 Irish adventures that you should try out this summer
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Who’s ready for a summer roadtrip?
After what feels like the longest spring ever, summer is finally starting to make its presence felt. The evenings are getting longer, there’s a strange yellow object visible in the sky, and Mayo footballers are already being attacked in the media.
And that means it’s time to start planning a few adventures. You don’t want to get to November and realise that you haven’t done anything… again.
We can’t drag you into the car but we can suggest a few activities that'll make it a memorable summer. So here are a few adventures that you really should consider adding to your "to do" list.
The Four Peaks Challenge
What is it: The Four Peak challenge involves climbing the highest peak in each of the four provinces – Carrantuohil (1038m), Mweelrea (814m), Lughnaquilla (925m) and Slieve Donard (850m). Your Instagram game is about to get a serious shot in the arm.
Why do it: You can spread the climbs over the summer and get some serious bragging rights once you’ve conquered all four summits. It’s a great excuse for some road trips with your mates to enjoy these amazing hikes and views. Just think how much you'll enjoy a well-earned pint after each climb.
Do the Causeway Coast
What is it: This road trip from Derry City to Ballycastle in Antrim takes in a stunning coastal route that you should cover over a few days. Sure, there’s plenty of sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, sea stacks and fantastic views if that’s what you’re into. But that's not all.
Why do it: There’s also a little-known place called the Giant’s Causeway, which is apparently worth a look. Not to mention the nerve-testing walk along the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Bushmills Distillery, Dunluce Castle and more.
Fans of Game of Thrones can also take some short detours to see famous locations from the series like Castle Ward (Winterfall), the Dark Hedges (The King’s Road) and much more.
Climb the One Man’s Path at Slieve League
What is it: The Cliffs of Moher may be Ireland’s most famous sea cliffs but Slieve League in South Donegal is home to the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The One Man’s Path is a narrow (sometimes very narrow!) walking path that snakes along the 600m cliffs.
Why do it: It’s a gorgeous part of the country, a nice drive to get there and the walk itself is a testing hike that will get your blood pumping. Ascending the One Man’s Path will certainly put manners on you but you’ll feel great if you complete it! Other amazing attractions in the area include the Silver Strand Beach and Port.
Go walking on Inishbofin
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What is it: Ireland’s coast is dotted with great islands to visit. The Aran Islands tend to get all the attention but the neighbouring island of Inishbofin offers a less well-travelled attraction. There’s hotel accommodation available or a campsite if you want to lie under the stars!
Why do it: There are some great walking loops on the island but you can also mix it up with a bit of bike hire, diving or swimming. Make a weekend of it and check out the atmosphere in the island’s bars or restaurants. Mostly, it’s a great way to get away from it all and go down a gear or two in relaxing surroundings.
Ride a cable car in Cork
What is it: Ireland’s only cable car transports people to Dursey Island from the mainland and it’s certainly a novel experience. The cable car was opened in 1969 and it serves as the main transport on and off the island.
Why do it: Don’t you want to be able to say you were on Ireland’s only cable car? The small island itself is a charming location and it's a mecca for birdwatchers and nature fans. Whale and dolphin watching is also available and there’s the wider Beara Peninsula to experience when you’ve covered all of Dursey’s charms.
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