Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan a trip to Munster Vales, located in the beautiful south of Ireland. Following the popularity of the latest blog post on good places to go for a walk, this blog will highlight other outdoor activities that you can experience while visiting the area. Whether you are a fan of land or water activities, you will be spoiled for choice in Munster Vales!
Get on your bike
One of the best ways to experience Munster Vales is on two wheels. The Waterford Greenway in particular is the perfect place to get on your bike and take in the incredible scenery. Don’t worry if you can’t bring your own bike as Garvan Cummins (known locally as “The Greenway Man”) offers bike rentals as well as tours of the Greenway. Garvan is a long-distance walker and cyclist himself, so he will be able to give you some good advice, as well as a detailed history of the greenway and the surrounding area.
Take the wheel
If two wheels aren’t your thing, then you might be more comfortable with four. If so, you’ll want to visit Rally Connection, Ireland’s largest rally driving experience, located in Dungarvan, Waterford. Described as the toughest rally you’re likely to do, you’ll get all the support you need from the centre’s team of rally drivers. You don’t even need previous rally experience, which means this is the perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to try rally driving for the very first time.
Of course, if these are activities you seek, a visit to Ballyhass Lakes is a must. The site is 36 acres and contains two spring water lakes with 14 acres of crystal clear water at a depth of 30 feet. Its natural rock walls are perfect for rock climbing and abseiling, along with the landscaped open spaces that are ideal for archery and rope courses. There is also an activity center where you can take part in a range of activities. The site generally works best for group visits, whether it’s a group of friends, work colleagues or sports clubs, making it the perfect center for team building activities.
Guided mountain hikes
Munster Vales is known for its fantastic mountain scenery. The region encompasses the Comeragh, Knockmealdown, Galtee, Ballyhoura and Nagles mountain ranges meaning there are plenty of places to explore. You can even book a guided mountain hike with Muddy Boots who offer bespoke hikes depending on what interests you. Each hike is led by a qualified mountain guide (so you don’t have to worry about getting lost along the way!).
Have you ever really wanted to try horseback riding but never got the chance? Well you can cross that off your list after a visit to Munster Vales. Ballyhoura Horse Trekking is the perfect place to learn everything you need to know to get in the saddle. They offer treks, riding lessons, children’s camps and are located in the heart of Ballyhoura in Limerick/North Cork. You can try one hour rides (for beginners) or two and five hour rides for experienced riders.
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Row your own canoe
If you’re really looking to push the boat on your visit (literally), then why not try your hand at kayaking? The 53km Suir Blueway in Tipperary runs from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir along the beautiful River Suir. Whether you are visiting Munster Vales as a solo traveller, with friends or family, the Suir Blueway is a great way to see exactly why the Irish countryside is world famous. Of course, if kayaking isn’t for you, don’t worry. You can stroll along the banks of the River Suir, take in the beautiful scenery around you, stop in the quaint villages, such as Ardfinnan and Newcastle, for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat.
These are just a few of the many activities you can experience on a visit to Munster Vales and hopefully this will help you plan your own itinerary! Whether it’s water sports, hiking, cycling, horse riding or a mix of whatever interests you, you’re sure to have plenty of options when visiting Munster Vales.
Tríona O’Mahony is the Director of Destination and Marketing at Valleys of Munster. The main aim of Munster Vales is to promote the geographical area as a single brand, linking counties Waterford, Tipperary, Cork and Limerick and everything in between.
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