Here are six inspirational tourist activities in Ireland that are a little ‘off the beaten track’.
Tourism is big business in Ireland. As a sector it will welcome 8.2 million visitors to the country in 2016 and deliver over €4.4 billion to the Irish economy. Here are six gems on the fringes of this vast industry that may inspire anyone thinking of starting a small tourism business in Ireland.
Where? Dollymount, Dublin
A charismatic water sports company in Dollymount, Pure Magic, has a team of instructors dedicated to all things kite surfing and SUP (stand up paddleboard). It’s known for exceptional customer service. There’s also a Pure Magic Lodge on Achill Island for action-packed getaways.
If you’re searching for a deep insight into Ireland’s natural beauty, culture, and traditions, Mór Active is a good call. It offers tailored activity, culture and eco tours. You can see the wonders of Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, and the Wild Atlantic Way through the eyes of an expert. Founded in 2007, Mór Active’s glowing TripAdvisor presence sets an example for other Irish tour operators to follow.
Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours of Dublin started in 2005 by local historian, author, artist and cartographer Pat Liddy. It’s by no means a one-man operation, however. The company’s success is also powered by a team of guides, featuring English, German, French and Spanish speakers. As a starting point, book the ‘Highlights & Hidden Corners’ tour, a fascinating stroll from North to South Dublin.
Where? Roscrea, Co Tipperary
With the first trail constructed in 2012, Bike Park Ireland soon became the first official mountain bike park in Ireland to offer a day out for cyclists of all skill sets. There are six downhill trails and the uplift service – an ex-army truck with 30 bus seats and a bike trailer – turns uphill transportation into a real adventure.
Where? Howth, Dublin
Just half an hour from Dublin city centre by car, Howth village provides a welcome escape from city life. Shane’s Howth Hikes tours are as popular with locals as they are with visitors. Customers can book ‘The Howth Heritage Free Walk’ as a starting point, and if they’re keen to explore more, the ‘Howth Safari’ is an inspiring hike.
Where? Drogheda, Co Louth
One in five tourists visit a destination because they have seen it on a TV show. Boyne Boats’ currachs were used in the filming of Game of Thrones. The Boyne Boats adventures include ‘Paddle like an Iron Islander’ and ‘The King’s Tour’. The tour is an hour of rich local heritage as customers learn to paddle like a true warrior. This is one of Ireland’s real hidden gems.
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Article by Lucy Fuggle of TrekkSoft. ⊕
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