Coasteering in Ireland for Outdoor Adrenaline Junkies

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27 February 2020

Outdoor-activity enthusiasts will love visiting Ireland to get their adrenaline fix. The Emerald Isle has long been associated with lush greenery, beautiful landscapes and rolling hills as far as the eye can see, but its coastline has just as much to offer – especially if extreme sports are your thing.

Coasteering is a great way to take in Ireland’s breathtaking scenery | © Culture Trip

The term ‘coasteering’ derives from the words ‘mountaineering’ and ‘coast’ and describes physical activity, such as swimming or climbing, that takes place around the rocky part of a coastline. Extreme adventure and coastline thrills await for those willing to take on the challenge.

The activities on offer

There’s so much to see and do. Coasteering in Ireland offers some of the best activities in the world that not only deliver thrills and spills but take in some majestic views and scenery, too. Western Ireland is a real hotspot and offers more adventure than you can shake a stick at.

There are so many combinations of physical activities that you can partake in – all kinds of climbing, swimming (including through caves), cave jumping, cliff jumping, cave diving, snorkelling, scrambling and even (if fortune favours you) swimming with dolphins. Make sure to pack your camera!

Can anyone do it?

A moderate level of fitness is certainly required for all the activities on offer. There are many tour operators to choose from with instructors on hand to ensure your safety throughout, so your best bet is to go with an organised party. Coasteering adventure breaks usually take around two or three hours to traverse the coastline, but there are also operators who host one- to five-day adventure tours that are fully customisable.

Surf’s up

The coast of Ireland is a real hotspot for surfing, and you can enjoy the sport no matter what level of expertise you have. Surf lessons are regularly on offer here and give beginners the chance to experience the magic in a truly glorious setting. If you are thinking about taking up the sport, you can do a lot worse than begin your journey in Ireland’s gorgeous surroundings. Seasoned surf lovers can experience some incredible waves and ride the Atlantic Ocean all the way back to land. The contrast of white sandy beaches and lush green hills that greet your arrival back to shore is a sight to behold.

Moving inland for more adventure

The fun doesn’t stop at the coast, either. Ireland has so many wonderful things to explore past the thrills of its rocky coastline, so take the opportunity to travel inland for even more memory-making activities. Head to the canyons and lakes and slide into the natural pools and water formations; explore the country’s extensive nature reserves; cycle through the hills and valleys to take in the majestic beauty of the country. It’s an explorer’s wonderland that delivers breathtaking landscapes that will form an unforgettable memory you’ll treasure forever.

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