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Outdoor Activities in Ireland

Walking and Hiking

Ireland has five internationally recognized National Parks which contain some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

Each is ideal for walking and hiking, providing spectacular views, sparsely populated trails and ample opportunities for tranquil contemplation.

Ireland’s National Parks offer superb walking opportunities for people of all abilities and ages, whether you prefer a strenuous hike up a mountain a leisurely stroll in the meadow.

Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal Official Website

Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry Official Website

Connemara National Park, Co. Galway Official Website

The Burren National Park, Co. Clare Official Website

Wicklow Mountains National Park Official Website

Bird-watching

Ireland is a huge draw for bird-watchers. Partly because of the country’s low population density, habitat has remained suprisingly intact.

Given its location, the island is a migratory stop for birds from Greenland, Iceland, Scandanavia, the Baltics, Canada and the Arctic.

It is not uncommon to see a stray warbler or shorebird after being blown across the Atlantic from North America.

Birds Ireland Official website

BirdWatchIreland Official Website

Birding UK and Ireland Official website

Fishing

Ireland is a fantastic place for anglers. Sit in peace, surrounded by some of the most amazing landscapes in the world whilst fishing for pike or coarse fish.

Spend your time close to wildlife, wild salmon and trout or enjoy deep sea fishing with the ocean stretched out in front of you. Ireland caters for all whims and preferences.

Fishing in Ireland Official website

Fishing Ireland Official website

Cycling and the EuroVelo

Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020