5 great (& different!) events to enjoy in spring & beyond

5 great (& different!) events to enjoy in spring & beyond


Helen Vaughan



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We've come up with five of our favourite adventures that are essential to enjoy a fun & outdoorsy spring in Ireland.

1) Walk the Kerry Camino


Kerry Camino Festival

28 April - 1 May 2017

This three-day walking festival on the ‘Camino’ in Kerry offers loads of great hikes & adventures on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula over the May Bank Holiday. Over the course of the event, festival goers will walk all the way from Tralee to Dingle in a tough but doable hike if you’re reasonably fit. 


Day one involves an 18km walk from St John’s Church in Tralee to Camp Village. On day two, you’ll hike 17kms from there to Annascaul and the final day will take you 22kms to St James’ Church in gorgeous Dingle. 


There are support vehicles and your luggage can be transferred for you if you need it. 



2) Meet the woman of your dreams, on Clare Island


Clare Island Singles Weekend

10 - 12 May 2017

This is a really fun adventure weekend away that’s especially designed for single outdoorsy folks. Organiser’s are appealing for some men to sign up, as plenty of women are already booked in. 


It takes place just a 25 minute ferry off the Mayo coast and promises adventures like coasteering, raft building, orienteering, accompanied by delicious meals, music and craic.


It promises not to be a cheesy match-making kind of festival, but is an adventure weekend for singletons. You’ll have to do the match making yourself! All gear and instruction is provided. The cost is €230 for the weekend, including return ferry, two nights B&B in a hostel, a lunch, two dinners and all activities.




3) Surf’s up in beautiful Donegal


Turf N Surf west coast day surf trips

Sundays throughout summer

These brilliant trips allow you to go surfing in Bundoran on the Wild Atlantic Way and be back in your own bed in Dublin by the end of the day. The sound bunch at Turf N Surf are offering day trips every Sunday throughout the spring and summer months.


They’ll pick you up at Isaac’s Hostel in Dublin 1 at 7.30am, and whisk you away to the waves for a surf lesson with all gear and instruction provided. If you don’t need a lesson, you can ride some waves by yourself or with a group of friends.


You’ll be back in Dublin by 8pm on Sunday evening and all for the bargain price of €59.



4) Brand new Quest adventure race at Loch Ness


Quest Scotland

10 June 2017

If you’ve already enjoyed an adventure race or two in Ireland, or even if it’s your first time, check out the brand new race the Irish organisation, Quest is organising in Scotland. Quest Loch Ness is part of the brand new UK Adventure Series, and follows the Wales race (May). 


Keep an eye out for Nessie as you run, cycle and kayak your way through the Scottish Highlands. There are three different options, the 81km Expert, the 56km Sport route and the 29km Mini course.



5) Get into the mountains


Extreme Ireland Mountain Skills 1

10-11 June, 8-9 July, 4-5 August, 9-10 Sept 2017

If you love the idea of hill walking but your navigation skills aren’t the best, a mountain skills course is a must. 


Mountain Skills 1 will give you a general introduction to hill walking in Ireland. You’ll learn about map reading, mountain safety, hazard equipment and navigation so you’ll be safely able to pursue hill walking as a hobby. 


Extreme Ireland’s courses run from Laragh Village, Co Wicklow. There are also dates in October and November. 

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5 great (& different!) events to enjoy in spring & beyond

We've come up with five of our favourite adventures that are essential to enjoy a fun & outdoorsy spring in Ireland.