Connemara National Park, Diamond Head. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Schorle.
Connemara National Park, Diamond Head. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Schorle.

While the summer months may be coming to an end, it doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Pack accordingly and wrap up warm, wear your wellies and take a mac and you can enjoy the adventure just as much, if not more, than you would in the height of summer.

There are plenty of places to head to spend time outdoors. By staying away from the cities and basing yourself close to bucolic landscapes, you can enjoy as much or as little adventure as you like and, for this, Ireland is a perfect choice.

Connemara National Park is perfect for hikers, bikers, horse riders and explorers and can be found just outside the city of Galway on the west coast. There’s a Travelodge hotel in Galway that would make an ideal base, while there are also pretty villages scattered around the park which would make perfect stop-offs for a warming hot chocolate or a bite to eat.

The Burren in County Clare is another of Ireland’s national parks that’s extremely popular with climbers, cavers and potholers who make a beeline for Pollnagollum cave – a massive underground system that has 8 entrances and plenty of various streams and tunnels to explore.

The Cliffs of Moher are situated at the south-west tip of The Burren and are a popular tourist attraction for the natural beauty and wildlife in store, as well as the cruises that operate around their base.

Glendalough, outside the Irish capital of Dublin, is a glacial valley that is immensely beautiful, breathtaking and awe-inspiring. Walking and rock climbing are incredibly popular here, while relaxing by the lake will provide you with a tranquil visit where all your troubles can disappear.

Let’s not forget Northern Ireland, either; The Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim being a must if you’re in the area, that is believed to be a result of a volcanic eruption many years ago.

With plenty of outdoor adventures awaiting you in Ireland, what’s stopping you from enjoying a few days here this autumn?

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