5 adventure activities to try in Ireland

by Freya Merritt

With lockdown measures continuing to ease up, our Irish partner outlets are welcoming back you adventure seekers for some outdoor fun! Experience the wonders of the beautiful countryside and spend some time in unspoilt nature.

We’ve listed 5 awesome activities for you to try in radiant Ireland, everything from high octane kitesurfing to scenic and euphoric sailing. Seek out magical seas, marvellous swells, incredible team activities, adrenaline-fuelled thrills, and dramatically gorgeous coastlines. 

Book kayaking with Inish Adventures

Go on an unforgettable journey and experience the beauty of Ireland by kayak. Kayaking is an amazing explorational activity that all ages can enjoy, giving you the freedom to roam and experience beautiful nature and wildlife.

Where to go: Explore new and otherwise inaccessible areas with Emerald Outdoors in Kenmare Bay. You might get the chance to spot a seal up close, or go on a night trip to witness the mystical sparkles of bioluminescent plankton. Alternatively, join Inish Adventures at Fort Dunree for some epic sea kayaking where you'll learn to navigate caves, archways, and discover the local heritage. Adrenaline seeker? Visit Inish Adventures at Shore Front and try surf kayaking, white water kayaking or sea kayaking for that perfect thrill. Expect state-of-the-art equipment and fully qualified instructors.

Emerald Outdoors Kayaking


There's not much that beats the exhilaration of catching a wave! Surfing is a physical sport that requires some level of fitness, but once you have got the basics mastered there's no stopping you. Ireland is well known for reliable year-round surf, so what are you waiting for?

Where to go: Experience the enticing Irish ocean with Narosa, based in the infamous Dunfanaghy, a world-class surfing spot. You'll await empty and peaceful waves, gorgeous beaches and top quality coaching. They also offer accommodation and lesson packages perfect for a weekend escape, so have a look at their glamping pods - they look super cosy!

Narosa Surf Lesson
River Rafting

River rafting is an epic adventure and high adrenaline activity that is incredibly fun. You get to experience varied river sections making each trip unique. Rafting is brilliant for adults and kids alike, making it fantastic for the whole family! No previous experience is required so it’s easy to understand and enjoy. Are you ready for the challenge of the river rapids?

Where to go: Navigate the rapids of a river near dazzling Donegal with Inish Adventures at Shore Front, Moville. With up to 6 people per raft, why not get a group of friends together? Have a laugh, work together, prepare to get wet, and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Inish Adventures book River Rafting


Feel like you're flying, experience the pure freedom and fresh sea air that kitesurfing provides. It’s one of Ireland’s fastest-growing watersports, and it's not hard to tell why: as soon as you get to feel the true power of the wind you will be hooked! The kitesurfing community here includes all levels and ages, making it an all-inclusive activity for everyone. 

Where to go: Enjoy the thrill of catching the wind with Hooked Kitesurfing in the beautiful Duncannon. Whether you're a complete beginner or an expert there are conditions here to cover you. Feel safe with the guidance of a fully qualified instructor and learn or improve your kitesurfing skills.

Not sure if kitesurfing is for you? Find out more on our blog post “The eola bucket list: Kitesurfing”

Hooked Kitesurfing

Be at one with the ocean and let go of any worries as you experience the pure bliss of sailing. Cruise along Ireland’s gorgeous coastline whilst enjoying the sun, sea, birds, and salty air - it’s incredibly therapeutic. Navigate and explore the coast your way and experience a feeling of freedom like no other.

Where to go: Go with Inish Adventures at Shore Front, Moville in sublime Donegal. They will cover your sailing needs, whether you're a novice or a more experienced sailor, you are definitely in the right place. Explore the alluring Inish Owen coastline in a new RS dinghy, sail as much as you like or just sit back, relax and enjoy the sea breeze.

Inish Adventures Sailing

With adventure now back on the menu our Irish outlets look forward to welcoming you! Fulfil your dreams, learn a new skill, and embrace the wonders of the outdoors - now that we’re allowed! Need an adventure closer to home? Check out the eola marketplace for more activities and locations!

Based in London? Check out our blog on The best surfing locations near London. Or for more adventure inspiration check out our blog on 5 adventure activities to try in Cornwall. 

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