5. A boat trip
The roll of the water, breathtaking scenery and a convivial atmosphere – whether you’re taking to the sea or cruising gently around a lake, a boat trip will treat your guests to incredible views. Looking for something unique? Why not try catching your own breakfast on a fun-filled sea-fishing trip on the Causeway Coast or discover the hauntingly beautiful Killary Harbour in Connemara, County Galway, keeping your eyes peeled for its resident dolphins.
There are slow, scenic pleasure cruises down the River Shannon, including the Viking Tours Ireland from Athlone to the 6th century monastery of Clonmacnoise, awe-inspiring tours of County Fermanagh’s Upper Lough Erne with Erne Tours, and the chance to discover the secrets of Ireland's lakelands on a private yacht with Secret Ireland Escapes. And if you’re all about the spirit of adventure, hop on a ferry to one of Ireland’s offshore islands, such as Rathlin Island in County Antrim, Tory Island in County Donegal and Cape Clear in County Cork, where traditional life still holds sway and nature reigns untamed.