Perhaps you’d prefer to tour the country sitting down. Call Limerick’s Heritage Sports Cars, or Golden Oldies in Donegal, and you could soon find yourself whizzing around the Ring of Kerry or the Slieve League Peninsula in a Jaguar E-Type, a 1970s Triumph TR6 or a Ferrari Mondial.
Prefer something younger? Madder? No problem. Superdrive Motorsports in Craigavon, County Armagh, even offers a Junior Rally programme for budding daredevils aged 13-17, in 1200cc Vauxhall Novas… complete with roll cages.
As well as offering some of the world’s finest links golf courses (Old Head, Royal Portrush, Lahinch, anyone?), the sweeping dunes and golden beaches of Ireland’s Atlantic coast offer some exclusive beach-riding experiences, too.
Your group of horse riders could follow the Dingle Peninsula’s ancient Pilgrim's Route, before veering down to Ventry Harbour for an exhilarating gallop on the beach... or canter beneath the shadow of Croagh Patrick Mountain.
Finish up, as always, with superb local food, drink and banter in any number of fine dining restaurants nearby.
Don’t be limited by daylight, either. Atlantic Sea Kayaking is a brilliant little West Cork operation that specialises in sea-kayaking trips with a difference – exploring Cork city, kayaking for anglers and, best of all, seeking out bioluminescent plankton over the course of night-time paddles in the southwest.
It’s an astonishing phenomenon. The plankton glow greenly when disturbed, growing brighter the darker it gets. On a clear night, it feels like there are stars above and below.
So, you see, from mountain biking to coastal hikes, clay pigeon shooting to kite-surfing and chauffeur-driven tours to executive helicopter flights over Connemara and the Aran Islands, there are probably as many ways to experience Ireland’s landscape as reasons to visit it in the first place.