No matter what your idea of an active holiday is, Ireland offers a range of activities set against some of the most beautiful landscapes in the World. Whether you want to try some of the world famous golf courses, attend one of the many festivals on offer, partake in an adventure race or hit the beach for some surfing, Ireland really does have a lot to offer.
Yoga retreats holidays in The Burren
While you are visiting the west coast of Ireland, why not consider a yoga retreat at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre which includes daily guided outings to special places in this magical part of Ireland. More information at Burren Yoga Retreat Holidays
Golf in Ireland
Ireland offers first class golf facilities and courses with more than 400 courses to choose from. Fáilte Ireland's research shows that "Ireland hits the mark for our overseas guests in terms of satisfaction levels and value for money - with satisfaction rates at 94%". Ring of Kerry Golf Club's golf course challenges competent and experienced players from the back tees, yet be playable and enjoyable for the average handicap player from middle and forward teeing areas. More information at Ring of Kerry Golf Club
Achill Island Half Marathon
The Achill Half Marathon has been attracting runners to Achill Island since it was first staged in July of 2006. The event grew rapidly from there. In the first year, 300 runners entered the race; but by the second year, race organisers reported reaching their 2,000 person limit weeks in advance and having to turn away more than 500 would-be entrants. Word travels fast. Now, the Achill Half Marathon accounts for the busiest weekend of the summer for the island. It’s staged in the town of Keel on Achill Island and has been approved by the Athletics Association of Ireland (AAI), which describes the course as ‘difficult, but manageable’. It’s also one of the most scenic courses in Ireland – complete with mountainous views, blue flag beaches and rugged terrain. With AAI sponsorship come a couple of high-tech perks. Runners are provided with Champion Chips, which calculate the individual’s running time immediately upon crossing the finish line. The record of 2012 was 1 hour, 12 minutes and 52 seconds. Runners also receive high-tech t-shirts designed to keep them cool and dry. The marquee at the finish line has a carnival-like atmosphere. Organizers put together a free beach barbecue, face painting, music and other events. There will even be a contingent of masseuses on hand to rub down road-weary runners after the race. Stay up to date regarding the latest race developments via the Achill Half Marathon Facebook page.