Top 7 Bucket List Locations for Adventurers and Explorers in Ireland

An island like no other, owing in no small part to the wildly contrasting seasons, there is no shortage of activities to do in Ireland. Whatever the weather there are many options available to budding adventurers and explorers – on and off land. 

Whether your interest is in watersports, coastal climbs or your preference is more suited to land-based activities like hiking, we decided to round up the top 7 bucket list locations to make your stay in Ireland exhilarating.

The Cliffs of Moher

Ireland’s #1 Tourist Attraction on the West Coast of Ireland for good reason. Vertical steep drops and the sound of booming waves far below as they crash against the shale and sandstone. Paved pathways and fences curve around the cliffs for your protection, but take nothing away from the stunning views of the Atlantic. Unmissable.

Aran Islands

Leave the mainland behind, connect with nature and glimpse rural life in Ireland by taking a ferry to the Aran islands. Enjoy the views by bike with well paved routes that allow cycling around the island. Enjoy a swim in the numerous beaches, plunge into the ‘Worm Hole’ – a naturally carved pool on the edge of the island, and hike to the historical stone fort of Dún Aonghasa.


A hidden gem located a short distance from Galway, Cong has won praise over the years for its quaint and scenic countryside. Those with a keen interest in walking and exploration will find plenty in the village from local bookshops, charming pubs and plenty of walking trails, including Cong Woods.

Galway City

Approximately 122 festivals and events occur in Galway annually. Street theatre, fantastic food and fringe festivities, there is never a dull moment in this charming city. Home to the second fastest flowing river in Europe, ideal for kayakers, there are also watersport activities to be found along the coastline, including surfing, scuba diving and many other activities.


Explore the hiking trails of Connemara National Park. Enjoy the clean air, scenic views and hidden valleys. Plenty of opportunities await to grab a picture perfect snap of Killary Fjord and the village of Leenane. Check out our day tour and itinerary for Connemara, departing from Galway.

Walk the Wicklow Way

For those eager to test their endurance, this 127 km long-distance trail should help satisfy that craving. One of the most popular (and difficult) walking routes in Ireland, the trail takes in mountains, upland lakes, fast-flowing mountain streams, forests and farmlands. The route begins in Rathfarnham, Dublin and ends in the picturesque village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow.

Climb Ireland’s Highest Mountain Peak

Carrantuohill, standing at an impressive 1,038m is not for the faint-hearted. The views from the summit are stunning and the route takes around six hours (there and back) to complete. Located in Co. Kerry at the South-Western tip of the country, there are three routes to the summit, with various gradients depending on your ability. 

These activities showcase a small selection of what Ireland has to offer. At Galway Tour Company, if you or a group are interested in creating a bespoke tour of locations and activities around Ireland, our seasoned team can help with planning and logistics.

Contact us today for more information, and we look forward to sharing plenty of stories, craic and fun with you.

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