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Adventure awaits: 7 great outdoor activities to try in Ireland this summer



With overseas trips being replaced by staycations on most people’s holiday plans, there’s never been a better time to enjoy an Irish adventure in the great outdoors.

This amazing country is blessed with jaw-dropping scenery and excellent outdoor amenities so now’s the perfect time to try a new experience that you’ll never forget. To celebrate the launch of the new Land Rover Defender in Ireland, we’ve come up with a list of exciting outdoor activities that everyone should try at least once.


The new Defender has been engineered to excite and features Land Rover’s toughest materials yet. It was built for adventurous hearts and curious minds and it’s now available for test drives in showrooms across Ireland.

Tested to its very limits, the new Defender has been designed for optimum durability and is fully equipped for 21st century adventures. With strong engines, effortless capability and clever technology, the Defender is a real all-rounder: as good on the road as it is tackling a bog in the middle of nowhere.

If you’re ready to embrace your inner adventurer, here are seven outdoor activities to try in Ireland this summer.

1. Do the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

Nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven, you’ve probably seen pics of this impressive staircase in Co Fermanagh on your social media feed. The boardwalk cuts across a vast blanket bog before a steep staircase takes you up the side of Cuilcagh Mountain to a panoramic view at the top. It’s a gorgeous walk that will suit people of all ages and levels of fitness.

2. Climb a sea stack in Donegal


Drive out to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of Donegal and climb a sea stack with Unique Ascent. You can scale some of Ireland’s most impressive sea stacks with experienced adventure guide, Iain Miller. It’s an unforgettable thrill to stand on top of a sea stack and look down at the waves crashing below and the beautiful coastal views around you.

3. Try off-road mountain biking in the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails

Cutting across the mountains of East Limerick, the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails feature five off-roading cycling trails that take you down valleys, through woodlands and over boardwalks. Whether you try an easy or challenging trail on this 98km network, it’s a great way to explore this stunning area.

You can rent bikes for the day at Trailriders in Ardpatrick or bring your bikes with you on the new Defender’s roof-mounted bike carrier.

4. Cycle the Waterford Greenway

If you fancy a more leisurely cycle, The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km cycling and walking trail between Waterford City and Dungarvan. The route offers glorious views of the Copper Coast and the Comeragh Mountains and highlights along the way include the Victorian railway tunnel near Durrow and the Ballyvoile viaduct. There’s no traffic and it’s easy to rent a bike for the day.

5. A starlight kayak on Lough Hyne

A night-time kayak in this beautiful part of West Cork would be special enough but these waters are also home to bioluminescent plankton that give off a ghostly light as your kayak passes through the water. It’s an incredible sight to see the water glitter and shimmer in the dark. You can book a starlight kayak experience with Atlantic Sea Kayaking.

6. Hike to Ireland’s highest point


The 12km route up Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry is a testing hike but there’s also the option of a guided tour if you want some expert advice on the best route to take. On a clear day, you can see the Atlantic in the distance and the views of the surrounding Macgillycuddy Reeks are breathtaking. Less experienced hikers can choose one of the other trails in the area, which are easier to climb but still offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

7. Go boating on the Boyne

What better way to navigate this historical river than on a traditional currach? You can take a guided tour with Boyne Boats and discover the rich history and mythology of the Boyne Valley as you paddle your way down this sacred waterway. It’s a chance to soak up the scenery, savour the tranquillity and combine an outdoor activity with a bit of culture.

Plan your adventure with the new Defender

Whether you want to travel down remote country lanes or need something that can carry all the equipment you need for a big adventure, the new Land Rover Defender has you covered. It will get you where you need to go so you can really explore the great places that this country has to offer.

Your new Land Rover Defender can be personalised with unique accessory packs that will prepare you for any Irish adventure – the Explorer Pack, the Adventure Pack, the Country Pack and the Urban Pack.


These packs feature everything from an integrated air compressor that can inflate bicycle tyres or other inflatables to a portable rinse system that can be used to rinse down bikes or wetsuits. Other available features include an expedition roof rack to store your equipment or a waterproof, side-mounted gear carrier to securely store all your gear.

You can choose an accessory pack to suit your lifestyle and your needs. So whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or just someone who loves to embrace the outdoors, there’s a Land Rover Defender that’s perfect for you.

Discover your next adventure in Ireland this summer. Test drive the new Land Rover Defender today.