Cyclists crossing Burrishoole bridge on the Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo.

When it was completed in 2011, this wonderfully scenic route along the northern side of Clew Bay was the longest greenway in Ireland. It was an innova(...)

South summit of Hungry Hill. Photograph: Gareth McCormack

HUNGRY HILL – Southwest Ridge Great for – Picking your line up grassy gullies and rocky steps – Lifting your head from the engrossing terrain to enjo(...)

View across White Park Bay and Portbraddan, Causeway Coast, Co Antrim.  Photograph: Gareth McCormack

This highly enjoyable walking route is the most fulfilling way to explore the unique natural attractions of the north Antrim coast. The 40,000 hexagon(...)

Snorkelling at Solomon’s Hole: this excursion is more memorable for its remarkable geology than its underwater life.   Photograph: Gareth McCormack

Hook Head offers two unique snorkelling spots, with a natural rock arch and the world’s oldest lighthouse as backdrops. Scuba divers rate Hook Head a(...)

Lough Cummeenoughter: the drama of the location and the temperature of the water make for an exhilarating experience. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/

Located at an elevation of 707m, Lough Cummeenoughter in Co Kerry is a unique swimming spot. Not only is this the highest lake in Ireland, it’s also o(...)

Landing on the pristine white beaches of Inishkea South.

Irish sea kayaking is world class, yet only recently has word begun to spread about the quality of the paddling on offer here. This isn’t surprising, (...)

Eagles Crag offers the reward of sublime views east over the two loughs, and then across the pristine vastness of the Wicklow Mountains National Park to the Irish Sea, with the distant mountains of Snowdonia a shimmering backdrop

It’s a Tuesday afternoon and I am engulfed by less than tranquil circumstances. Drawn to Dublin by a couple of morning appointments, it had seemed a g(...)