The Best Outdoor Things to Do in Ireland

Have you ever yearned for an adventure that not only takes you through breathtaking landscapes but also threads you through the fabric of time? We could literally write a book about the best outdoor things to do in Ireland, so we decided to focus our attention to the west coast of Ireland, along the Wild Atlantic Way.


Welcome to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, a rugged and enchanting coastline that is a treasure trove of natural wonders and historical mystique. This is where the elements have danced with the earth for millennia, creating an outdoor paradise ripe for exploration. As an outdoor shop, this is our playground. It's here, along this storied route, that we invite you to immerse yourself in experiences as rich as the Irish folklore. From glaciated valleys that cradle the whispers of the Ice Age to majestic national parks teeming with life, each step along the Wild Atlantic Way is a step into a story waiting to be told. Join us on a journey to the heart of Ireland's great playground, where every view is a vista and every moment is an opportunity to make a lifelong memory. Here are 5 of the best outdoor things to do in Ireland, along the Wild Atltantic Way.


  1. Visit a 20,000 Year old Glaciated valley in Doolough Valley:

Imagine walking through a landscape so ancient, it whispers tales of the Ice Age. Doolough Valley, a stunning glaciated valley carved out over 20,000 years ago, offers just that. As you traverse this rugged terrain, you'll feel the weight of millennia underfoot. The serene beauty here is as timeless as it is poignant, with haunting history and natural splendour that beg to be quietly absorbed and respected. It's a place where our jackets become trusty companions against the crisp valley breeze and exposed elements.


  1. See layers from millions of years at Downpatrick Head:

Step into the pages of Earth's deep history at Downpatrick Head, where geological layers tell stories from millions of years ago. Stand atop this dramatic headland and gaze out at the mighty Atlantic, where the waves kiss the ancient cliffs in a display of natural power and beauty. The stratified rock formations below are a geologist's dream and a stunning sight for any nature lover. It’s the perfect spot for testing out our waterproof gear and braving the elements in style.


  1. Explore 10,000 hectares of Killarney National Park:

Killarney National Park is an expanse of 10,000 hectares that beckons with its diverse flora and fauna. Trek through green forests, boat on serene lakes, and marvel at the majestic Torc Waterfall. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, the park's trails and pathways are an open invitation to explore. And with extensive range of footwear from brands such as Columbia, Salomon and Merrell, you’ll be ready to step into any adventure.


  1. Stroll 3km parallel to the Atlantic Ocean at Salthill Promenade:

For a tranquil escape, the Salthill Promenade is a gentle 3km stroll that runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the air is salty, and the horizon is an endless canvas of blue. It’s the perfect place to wear your comfortable walking shoes from our latest collections and join the locals in what's affectionately known as the "Salthill Shuffle." Whether you're catching the sunset or simply enjoying the ocean's symphony, the promenade is a reminder of nature's simple pleasures.


  1. Explore ancient castles and ruins among Connemara National Park:

Connemara National Park is a realm where ancient castles and ruins stand as solemn satutes among wild landscapes. Exploring this park is like stepping back in time, with each stone and mossy corner holding echoes of the past. It's a place where our rugged yet fashionable outdoor wear feels right at home amidst the heather and hills. You can lose yourself in the stories of old, find serenity in the vastness, and maybe, just maybe, catch a glimpse of a Connemara pony wandering the moors.


The Wild Atlantic Way isn't just a journey; it's a chance to commune with the soul of Ireland. From the glaciated valleys to the storied ruins, the experiences here are as varied as they are invigorating. The Wild Atlantic Way offers more than just a day out; it promises memories that will last a lifetime, stories that will be told for years, and a connection with nature that will rejuvenate your spirit. So come, join us in this celebration of Ireland’s great playground, where every path leads to discovery and every moment is an opportunity to enjoy the wild beauty of our land. Your next adventure awaits, and we're here to outfit you for every step of the way.


Call into any of our 4 stores on the west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way.


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