5 outdoor activities that are always in season in Ireland

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Think outdoor activities are only for summer? Thanks to our mild climate and stunning landscapes, Ireland’s outdoors are always in season!

1 Explore Ireland's gardens

Thanks to our temperate climate, fertile soil and a little bit of magic, the island of Ireland produces a surprising range of plants, flowers and trees. Spring and summer are glorious. But come in autumn and you'll be wowed by russet tones, while in winter, you'll find a stark beauty in the leafless silhouettes of trees and a quiet sense of nature at rest. A great way to experience the seasons in Ireland is to get out there and explore some of Ireland's gardens. There are tidy city gardens filled with colour and charm, sub-tropical gardens with exotic wonders, and formal gardens of epic scale. Just remember to dress for the weather!

2 Try a unique tour

You'll want to make the most of your time in Ireland so why not organise a tour to pack in as much as possible? Step into the real-world Westeros on a Game of Thrones® locations tour in Northern Ireland. Follow a food trail to sample Ireland’s flavours and wash it all down with a whiskey trail that shows you just how our whiskey earns its extra ‘e’. Then as the nights draw in, lovers of the written word can join in a literary pub tour featuring Ireland’s poets, playwrights and dreamers, and enjoy the warmth and welcome of a real Irish pub.

3 Take a hike

It’s not just our mild climate that makes Ireland an ideal destination for walking. It's that you'll find beauty in the landscape not matter what the season. Follow some of the epic coastal walks along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coastal Route, where waves crash against towering sea cliffs and clouds race across the ever-changing skies. But don’t underestimate the beauty of a frosty morning walk through rugged hills or the pleasure of sheltering from the rain in a tiny canalside pub where the fire blazes.

4 Get to know Ireland’s cities

A walking tour around one of our buzzing cities will take you on a journey that is sometimes shocking, sometimes heart-warming but always fun. A little bit of rain is the most you'll have to contend with so just pack a raincoat and you’ll be ready for anything! Take in the colourful character of Galway city, trace Viking footsteps in Waterford city, or roam around the fascinating Walled City of Derry~Londonderry.

5 Go off-peak

There are some natural phenomena on the island of Ireland that attract people from all over the world and simply can’t be missed. But thankfully these beauties can be enjoyed all year round. Go off-peak to the likes of the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher and you’ll almost have them to yourself. No crowds, no queues, just the chance to breathe in the fresh sea air and enjoy the view.

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