Travel TV: Why Ireland is adventure tourism's hottest ticket
Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30
On #TravelTV, we’re asking a simple question. As adventure tourism booms, could Ireland be the next New Zealand?
New Zealand has made a name for itself as a real-life Land of the Rings... a natural playground where adrenaline junkies bungy jump, ski, skydive, cave, canyon (and more) to a backdrop of mind-blowing landscapes.
Could Ireland do the same?
Join Pól Ó Conghaile for a look at some of the country's most weird and wonderful adventure sports, and see why zorbing, coasteering, bog challenges and more aren’t just here to stay… they could become a billion euro industry.
Thanks to Fáilte Ireland, biking.ie, visitballyhoura.org, carlingfordadventure.com; westporthouse.ie, blueway.ie, discoverireland.ie, SUPforall.ie, Facing Waves, delphiadventureresort.com, wakedock.ie, outdoorsireland.com, clareislandadventures.ie and AdventureSligo (Peter Martin) for their footage.
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Coasteering on the Wild Atlantic Way
Adventure sports gear can be tough on the wallet (try buying your own kite-surfing rig, or kitting yourself out with a good mountain bike), but adventures themselves don't have to be. Zorbing costs from €16 at Westport House (westporthouse.ie), for example, or you can buy a three-hour combo of activities at Carlingford Adventure Centre from €49 (carlingfordadventure.com). Three hours coasteering with Kerry's Mór Active will set you back around €50pp (moractive.com), and you can hit Ballyhoura's Mountain Bike Trails for the price of parking.
Delphi Adventure Resort
You don't have to slum it to get the adrenaline flowing. Delphi Adventure Resort in Connemara has pioneered a mix of action and luxury, with a three-night family adventure package bundling 4-star accommodation, a three-course meal and one day's adventuring for two adults and two kids from €666 in total. Guests also get complimentary access to the spa thermal suite, and a free kids' club during school holidays. Hostel rates are available from €25pp. See delphiadventureresort.com for more.
NB: All rates subject to availabilty/change.