Thursday 27 October 2016

10 Great Guys Getaways in Ireland

Published 14/05/2015 | 11:37

Come on lads it’s time to get with the programme and plan a boys bonding break. Get your thrills with some adrenalin pumping water sport, go back to nature on a survival course or bet on a thrilling day out at the races.

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Here are 10 adventurous blokes bonding break options – but for lots more find Discover Ireland on Facebook, @discoverirl on Twitter or check out #this is LIVING

Make a pitch for a golf break

Tee up a great break chasing class birdies around one of Ireland’s fantastic golf courses. Make the most of it with a Golf Pass which allows you experience a selection of top courses at truly competitive rates. Passes are available for courses all over the country including Dromoland in Co. Clare; Dooks in Co. Kerry; Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links in Co. Dublin; Baltray in Co. Louth Mount Juliet in Co. Kilkenny and Faithlegg in Co. Waterford.

Saddle up and horse around

For an adrenalin-pumping, action-packed break you can bet on the thrills and spills of the race track. Saddle up and make your way to Kildare for the Punchestown National Hunt festival (April 28th - May 2nd), combining thundering sporting action, brilliant live entertainment, delicious food and dazzling glamour.

Zip it in Dublin

Try some adrenaline-pumping, high wire adventure with Zipit Forest Adventures in the fabulous pine forest of Tibradden Wood just outside Dublin. Enjoy spectacular views of the city and Dublin Bay as you swing like Tarzan through the trees.  When you come back down to earth tackle one of the stunning local walking trails and explore Dublin city by night.

Boys chase some waves

Check out some serious surfing action along the spectacular Irish coastline where you can chase waves at some top surfing locations. Some of the best surf is to be found at Strandhill in Co. Sligo, Bundoran in Co. Donegal, Tramore in Co. Waterford and Lahinch in Co. Clare, all of which are abundant with top class surfing schools to put you through your paces.  

Kart along the coast!

Stay on dry land and join the blowkarting craze where you sail on a beach in a three wheeled kart with a sail attached.  TurfnSurf in Bundoran will put you through your blokarting paces at Tullan Strand and Rossnowlagh. You can also initiate yourself into the world of blowkarting with The Freedom Surf School in Tramore, Co Waterford.

Be a high alti-dude!

The sky is the limit for some high flying paragliding adventure, an exciting and eco-friendly way of seeing the country from above. Eireventure Paragliding School in Bantry in spectacular West Cork will teach you to paraglide in just one day. Or take flight with Midland Paragliding in Cashel, Co. Tipperary at one of their spectacular sites.

Rev it up!

Put a little fun in your fuel tank and have a laugh as you zoom around Irish country roads in a convertible classic car - or on a cool retro motorcycle.  Classic Car Hire in Killbegs, Co. Donegal will supply a cool TR6, an irresistible MGB roadster or a stylish Mercedes 350SL. Or get into top gear with Courtyard Classic Car Hire in Dublin.

Man vs. Wild!

Hone up your male survival skills and enjoy an experience that will enhance your mind and body. Adventure Wicklow hosts Bushcraft Survival Weekends in the magnificent Kippure Estate where you will discover the magical art of tracking, fire-making, food foraging and shelter building. Or get in touch with how your ancestors lived on an amazing therapeutic package with Lough Allen Adventure in Co. Leitrim.

Rock the Wild Atlantic Way

Make a break with Rock agus Roam, an adventure and cultural experience like no other based in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Take your pick from rock climbing, sea kayaking, and sailing. Or try some exhilarating hillwalking and go to places you never dreamed possible with experienced guides bringing you off the beaten track to rugged and unspoilt places.

Attack some manful adventure!

Test yourselves on one of the dozens of gruelling adventure races in Ireland this year. Get into training now for the Waterford Adventure Race (May 16). This challenge starts with a run through the Cappoquin Estate, followed by a 3km kayak and a 16.5km cycle spin. Finish off with a trail run up to the top of the Sugar Loaf mountain.

For lots more find Discover Ireland on Facebook, @discoverirl on Twitter or check out #this is LIVING

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