Your Ultimate Guide to the Great Outdoors in Ireland with a Hint of Paris Norriss
World Tourism Day - The Great Outdoors in Ireland
Dubai, 27thSeptember 2020 We may all be dreaming of our next holiday, but "planning now to travel later" is something that can give us all a much-needed boost. Whether we're lusting after some greenery, cooler weather or just a different scene altogether, this World Tourism Day, we are bringing you a roundup of the best experiences from the beautiful island of Ireland.
For all the adventurers out there, from fishing for your breakfast, to hiking, cycling, golfing, taking a refreshing walk by the coast, and much more; in Ireland, there is something for everyone.
These boots are made for walking:
The island of Ireland is a walker's paradise, so never leave home without a good set of sturdy boots. Opportunities for unique coastal walks abound in Ireland. For example, the Wild Atlantic Way is a stand-out location, including the stunning Beara, Dingle and Inishowen Peninsulas each area is nicely varied with mountainous paths for adventurous souls, as well as gentler terrain for those looking for a more leisurely pace. For the slightly more adventurous and for those who love high intensity activities, there are many options to choose from. Mountains in Ireland come in many shapes and sizes, but they are all beautiful such as The Mourne Mountains that boast a host of heavenly scenes. On the other hand, The Wicklow Way and Kerry Way both traverse stunning mountain-scapes with plenty of calmer stretches in between, and a hike up Carrauntoohil in County Kerry is a hike up Ireland's highest mountain, at a staggering 3,407 ft.
But if walking to new heights doesn't get your heart pumping, then another option is to see Ireland from the air, quite literally. For all adrenaline lovers out there, you can take a dive over the rural idyll of Offaly with the Irish Parachute Club, while enjoying a 200km per hour dive with a tandem master, and feeling the air rush past you as you free fall over the beautiful scenery of Ireland's landscape.
For the love of golf:
With world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet, Ireland's credentials are sky-high when it comes to golf. For instance, the island boasts a quarter of the worlds natural links courses, but if you're not quite expecting to get a birdie on your next round, then there's far more to a golf trip than just the challenge of the fairway! In Ireland, exceptional golf courses are blended with wonderful off-the-course experiences, from tailored itineraries that include clay pigeon shooting at Adare Shooting Club, to staying in some of the most outstanding hotels.
If two wheels are better
If you're looking for a way to explore miles of Irelands beautiful landscapes, breathing in that fresh, crisp air, then you should definitely consider hopping on a bike on your trip! You can take a guided tour along specially dedicated cycling greenways and trails. Before you take your trip, your baggage will be transferred for you to enable you to relax, enjoy and take in the views whilst you cycle. Pick up your bike rental from its towns and village and pedal your way through the different Greenways the country offers such as Waterford Greenway and Old Rail Greenway.,
Paris Norriss' Ireland Adventure:
Delving deeper into the outdoors, we get on a quick tour with Paris Norriss, who toured Ireland in search for the best locations for outdoor activities.
Being an adventurer and an internationally recognised TV personality, Norriss tours the world facing extreme challenges from racing the world's fastest powerboat, flying across the desert in a paramotor and diving with sharks in a shipwreck.
On histripto discover The Island of Ireland,Paris commented"Ireland is a playground for an adventurer like me, and within two weeks, we explored a number of outdoor activities that helped us unbox the charm of this island. There is something for everyone here, so you need to take your time exploring the different offerings this Island has to give."
Paris started his journey with a trip to Sheans Horse Farm in County Antrim where he and his crew took a horse back journey through the countryside. This is an area that is close to the Bushmills Distillery where the Dark Hedges from Game of Thrones are located. Close to here is also Northern Ireland's biggest tourist destination and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Giants Causeway which is 44,000 hexagonal basalt columns sticking out the ground. You can read more about the Giant's Causewayhere.
Paris's next stop was at a small seaside town of Portrush, where he had to literally catch their breakfast in the sea and see it cooked before their eyes! He then took to the beach to try out Blokarting, which is a fast sport that can only be described as mixing windsurfing and go-karting. But that wasn't enough adrenaline for them, as he then went on to try hovercraft racing at Foylehov Activity Centre, before heading to Derry-Londonderry.
In Derry-Londonderry, Paris toured the city by boom-board before some midnight kayaking along the River Foyle. His tour through Derry-Londonderry was followed by a trip to the city of Dublin, known as one of Europe's most vibrant cities, to discover Ireland's National sport,Hurling, which is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic Irish origin.
The adventure did not end there, but extended to water activities including white water rafting in the River Liffey, followed by a 4 hour road trip to the beautiful County Galway on the west coast to the Connemara region, which is famous for its scenic mountains, lakes and rich Irish traditions.
It's safe to say that the island of Ireland is a haven to adventurers and adrenaline seekers, and with borders still closed for tourism due to the world pandemic, we can't help but dream now of all the outdoor adventures that are waiting for us.