5. Whale-watching, West Cork, County Cork
What is it about Irelands waters that whales and other cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) love? In recent times West Cork has become one of the best places in all Europe to see these humungous mammals breach the water.
Pilot, orca and massive humpback whales are regulars and tours are abundant for any visitors interested in testing the water themselves. There’s even Moby Dick’s pub in Youghal, so-called because of the 1954 Gregory Peck movie filmed there.
6. Swimming, Dunmore East, County Waterford
Is there anything better than a swim in the sea to revive the senses? Being an island means Ireland has countless coastal spots to dive, paddle, bathe, and splash about in. Like at Dunmore East.
This fishing village is packed with seafood restaurants and traditional pubs, is home to no-less-than four secluded coves and known for excellent swimming conditions. Inlets are carved out of the lofty red sandstone cliffs, which helped build the cute harbour here in the 1820s, while seabird colonies make for curious swimming partners.
More of a landlubber? No problem, there's more to sport in Ireland than getting wet!