Active with Mother Nature (Five or More Days)
Since walking is Ireland's national pastime, those looking for an active vacation will feel right at home. Ireland's rolling hills (and some surprising mountains) beckon travelers to come explore. Ireland also lends itself to cycling, golfing excursions, great fishing, and some serious trekking.
A full-on active itinerary for those without months to explore is best designed by choosing a region of the country that caters to the activity you want to do. Connemara (County Galway) is known for its mountain biking (such as the impressive Sky Road outside of Clifden), while the Burren Way (County Clare) trail is not as removed, but a thorough delight. A lesser-explored and easier trail is the Beara Way (Counties Cork and Kerry), while the truly off-the-beaten path county for cycling, surfing, and hiking is Donegal. Walkers on the Donegal Way will truly enjoy a surplus of solitudes. For those not wandering far from Dublin, the Wicklow Way (which includes a stint through Glendalough) is mesmerizing, but more crowded in the warmer months. The hidden outdoor delights in Northern Ireland's Mourne Mountains are also a short drive from Dublin.