Ireland has hundreds of activities to enjoy to compliment your sports tour.
Here are a few examples.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Clay pigeon shooting involves clay circular targets, known as clay pigeons being catapulted into the air to imitate pigeons, or shot along the ground, to imitate rabbits, by ‘traps’, small machines that propel the clays at speed. Competitors then attempt to shoot the clays pigeons using shotguns.
Cruising and Water Sports
Ireland’s large network of lakes, rivers, and canals is perfect for all kinds of relaxing and cruising holidays. Family fun or the ultimate adrenalin rush nothing compares with boating over glorious waterways, passing some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, or stopping at the many pubs and restaurants along the way. The three main waterways for cruising are the River Shannon, the Grand Canal and the Erne waterway system.
Surfing, rowing, sailing, sub-aqua diving, canoeing, snorkeling, or windsurfing – if you love water sports Ireland is your perfect destination.
Having produced several of the worlds leading cyclists including former Tour De France winners, cycling is a hugely popular sport in Ireland and is a marvelous way to tour the country. You can choose from provide guided and self guided tours and bicycles can easily be rented throughout the country.
There are many experienced organisations that can help you trace your family tree and begin the search for your ancestors.
Horse Riding and Horse Racing
Ireland is a beautiful country to explore on horseback and there is a large network of friendly equestrian centres and horse riding schools available for lessons or trekking.
Horse racing is a passion in Ireland and you will find several of the worlds most exciting and atmospheric race courses here, from Punchestown and the Curragh in Co. Kildare and Down Royal in Co. Down, and the famous Leopardstown and Fairyhouse courses. There is also a number of fabulous horse racing festivals to look out for, including those at Galway and Downpatrick.
Ireland has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. With the right weather, the north, south, and west coasts of Ireland can be home to some of the best surfing waves anywhere. Gulf Stream storm activity generates large swells all year round, but the best times for surfing are in early summer or throughout the autumn months when the water temperature reaches its peak at about 17 degrees Celsius. In winter, wind from close-range North Atlantic storms, water temperature below 8 degrees and inclement weather make winter surfing a much tougher proposition and only for the truly dedicated. Why not combine your love of Surfing with the holiday of a lifetime and let Ireland show you what it has to offer.
By spectacular coastline, over dramatic mountain scenery, over wild moorland, or by tranquil lakes, walking in Ireland is a joy. There is a whole network of Waymarked Ways, walking holidays and festivals on in Ireland throughout the year.