Wet and Wild – Adventure Spots on the West Coast of Ireland

There are few places on Earth that can rival the natural beauty of Ireland. The elements combine in a dizzying fashion to bring wet and often wild weather to the western coastline. Weather-worn locals in Galway and surrounding areas are more than familiar with the changeable seasons.

After all, it is called the Wild Atlantic Way. 

There is no shortage of tours in the west of Ireland, whatever the weather. Few of those share the possibility of getting outside your comfort zone.

For surfing aficionados, the wind in particular can be used to your advantage. The rain can also help improve accessibility – or thrills! – in sea cave exploration. Thunderous sea shore and steep cliffs are no match when you have the wind on your back as you launch off the edge on your paraglide.

Not everyone has the daredevil gene, but most of us could do with some adventure in our lives. We have rounded up some of the best adventure spots along the west coast. What will you choose to do this summer?

  • Kayaking

Enjoy the thrill of kayaking in the heart of Galway. Experience the beauty of Lough Corrib and explore the rivers and lakes scattered around the county.

  • Biking

See all the beauty of the Aran Islands on two wheels. The island can be easily covered by bike, and there are rentals aplenty when you initially arrive by boat.

  • Hiking

Explore the hidden valleys and fjords in our world-famous Connemara National Park. Scenic mountains, expansive bogs, enchanting forests and lush grasslands, some of the more challenging routes will certainly get your blood flowing.

  • Surfing

The west coast is a surfer’s playground. Our small island is home to some of the best waves in Europe. At the head of the Wild Atlantic Way stands Co. Donegal, specifically, Bundoran which is revered as the home of surfing in Ireland. Other surfing spots further south include Strandhill, Co. Sligo, Achill Island, Co. Mayo and Lahinch in Co. Clare. 

  • Doolin Cave Tour

Doolin is the lunch stop point for our Cliffs of Moher tour. The coastal village is a 15 min drive from the cliffs and tours of the Doolin cave are available where you can see first-hand Europe’s largest stalactite.

  • Sailing

For those who love the water, there are plenty of sailing opportunities to be found in all four corners of the island. Events, training programmes for all levels and insights into the best places to catch a wave are all displayed.

  • Galway Pub crawl

Adventure awaits in the bars, taverns and various drinking houses liberally sprinkled throughout the city of Galway. Many tall tales and fabled stories can be overheard as you sup a pint after a long day of adrenaline-filled adventure.

For a small island, we pack a punch when it comes to adventure-seeking in Ireland. Safety first, however, and make sure you are dressed for the occasion. The weather can work in your favour if you plan ahead.

Where will your next adventure take you?

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