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Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you can’t still get out there and experience the countryside at it’s best. Before you hibernate until spring time or book your flights to the winter sun check out our picks for autumn activities in Ireland – whatever your idea of adventure!

Sea Kayaking

Delpi Mountain Resort is a good place to try a huge range of the outdoor activities that Ireland has to offer but we particularly recommend the sea kayaking. Exploring Ireland’s only fjord for seals, dolphins and other wildlife is an experience not to be missed.

Delpi Mountain Resort

Horse Riding

Surrounded by rugged landscape and miles of sandy beaches, Woods Hotel in Westport is the perfect destination to come and enjoy horse riding. Treks range from beach riding, splashing through the shallows of the Atlantic ocean, to the natural foothills of Croagh Patrick and woodland tracks. Fully qualified instructors are on hand.

Westport Woods Hotel

Scuba Diving

If you’ve always wanted to take a look under the sea, Baltimore Diving Centre in West Cork is the place to start. They come highly recommended by both first timers and more experienced divers and also offer self catering accommodation. Check out the dive footage on their web site to see what you’ve been missing.

Baltimore Diving Centre

Surfing

Ireland has become famous across the world for our excellent surf over the last couple of decades. Lahinch is considered by many to be the spiritual home of Irish surfing and we think it’s the best place to take to the waves whether you’re just a beginner or looking for a weekend destination for a more experienced group.

Lahinch Surf Experience

Off Road Driving

If you live in a city and spend a lot of time in traffic this might be just the weekend away you need. Test your nerves and reflexes in an Extreme.ie 4×4 over a range of off road terrain. This one gets the adrenaline pumping in even the most seasoned of adventurers. Beautiful surroundings to enjoy when you switch the ignition off too. You can book at your session at The BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin Woods, Co. Wicklow or Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Extreme.ie

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is now the fastest growing water sport in Ireland and with speeds faster than wind surfing it is possibly one for the more adventurous. If you’re going to try it anywhere though we would recommend Pure Magic in Achill. Situated at the foot of Slievemore Mountain and overlooking Keel Lake enjoy the scenery and take to the sea with fully qualified instructors.

Pure Magic Achill

Although not known for sunshine or a beach lifestyle, Ireland has roughly 3,500 km of coast and some of the best surf spots in Europe. The cascading waves and rolling swells make the Irish coastline the perfect place to ride a wave or two so if you’re an established pro, or just planning to start paddling this summer, check out our round up of the top surf spots around the country.

Bundoran, Co. Donegal

Bundoran is widely regarded as Ireland’s surfing mecca. The town has plenty of surf schools, lots of festivals throughout the summer and has hosted both The European Surfing Championships and The Quicksilver Masters.

Find out more www.bundoransurfco.com

Easkey, Co. Sligo

Surrounded by stunning cliff faces and isolated beaches that are fully exposed to the might of the North Atlantic this is the spot for surfers that like a challenge. Not to mention the two legendary breaking waves that all visiting surfers want to catch, Easkey Left and Easkey Right.

Find out more at West Sligo Surf Club

Achill, Co. Mayo

Keel Strand on Achill Island(3km long) is one of the most popular surfing points in Ireland. The best thing about the area is that there is a beach facing almost every direction on the island so you’re guaranteed to catch good waves no matter which direction the wind is blowing.

Find out more www.achillsurf.com

Lahinch, Co. Clare

The North Clare town of Lahinch offers the perfect environments for both beginners and more experienced surfers. Check out the area around Crab Island if you like a challenge.

Find out more www.lahinchsurfshop.com

Tramore, County Waterford

Regarded as one of the best beaches in Ireland for budding surfers due to slower forming waves, there is also plenty along this three mile beach to keep the more experienced surfer challenged too.

Find out more www.tramoresurfshop.com