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Travel TV: Why Ireland is adventure tourism's hottest ticket

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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Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way


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.

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Delphi Adventure Resort

Delphi Adventure Resort

Delphi Adventure Resort


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.

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