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10 of the best activity holidays in Ireland | Travel

Climb the highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, County KerryStanding at 1,039 metres in the middle of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range, Carrauntoohil is the tallest mountain in Ireland. The range spreads out across 100 sq km in the heart of the Ring of Kerry, adding drama to the Iveragh peninsula’s wild, beautiful landscape. Start the Carrauntoohil ascent from Cronin’s Yard, a car park with services south of touristy Killarney. There are several ways to the top, but the exhilarating Devil’s Ladder (12km return) is the shortest and most popular.FacebookTwitterPinterest Walkers above Lough Gouragh on the ascent of Carrauntoohill. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/Alamy A metal cross marks the summit, where the hardcore climber is rewarded with a panorama of peaks, lakes and farmland stretching to the Atlantic. If time and weather permit, detour to Lough Cummeenoughter, Ireland’s highest lake (707 m), for a refreshing swim, with the mountains towering above.•Kerry Climbing offers training and a guided tour of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks from €65ppCruise the River Shannon, MidlandsFacebookTwitterPinterest The Shannon waterfront at Athlone in spring. Photograph: Alamy The Shannon cuts through 360km of the gentle, lush Irish heartland, making it the longest river in either Ireland or Great Britain. For an easy pace, hire a river cruiser, focus on the mid-section, and navigate to a backdrop of medieval abbeys, rural villages and rolling hills. Take a day to explore pretty Carrick in County Leitrim, with its diminutive Costello Chapel, reputedly one of the smallest in the world. Set sail along a narrow strip of river that opens on to Lough Ree, a wide lake sprinkled with islands. Further south, Athlone oozes medieval charm with its narrow lanes and atmospheric Seán’s Bar – Ireland’s oldest tavern. On the final stretch, moor the boat to discover the ruined monastery of Clonmacnoise, with its high crosses, round towers and ancient churches. It first appears over the river reeds like an Irish Avalon. •Emerald Star offers a cruiser to be picked up in Carrick, for a 160km chug south to Portumna, from €539 for a week in March for two people,emeraldstar.ieCycle the Great Western Greenway,County MayoFacebookTwitterPinterest People cycling on the Great Western Greenway, in County Mayo. Photograph: David Hunter/Alamy Curving around County Mayo’s Clew Bay, the Great Western Greenway is 42km long, making it the longest off-road cycle trail in Ireland. Starting from the tree-lined Georgian streets of Westport, head north along the abandoned railway route (it last serviced the area in 1937). A large, seven-arched viaduct heralds the approach to handsome Newport, where it’s time to take a break at Kelly’s Kitchen, one of the finest artisan cafes in north County Mayo. From this point, the trail is full-on coastline, with views of the bay and its many islands. Leaving Mulranny, with its wide golden sandy coves, the route leads cyclists over a swing bridge and off the mainland to Achill Island, and the end of the Great Western Greenway. Tip: don’t miss the stunning Keem beach on Achill’s western shore.•Greenway Bicycle Hire in Newport offers bike rental and a shuttle service back to Newport for €30 a dayTour the musical heartland, County ClareFacebookTwitterPinterest Photograph: Paul Quayle/Alamy Start a tour of Ireland’s most musical county on the road most travelled. Once a remote fishing village on the rugged west coast, Doolin is full of traditional Irish music pubs, such as Gus O’Connor’s, McDermott’s or McGann’s, which have lured visitors by the busload as they pass by on their way to County Clare’s Cliffs of Moher. To snag a serious trad music session, head east to the banner county’s rolling lake lands, where the beat of the bodhrán is hard-wired into the locals’ DNA. Pepper’s Pub in Feakle has been entertaining guests for centuries and attracts internationally recognised performers such as Sharon Shannon and flautist Matt Molloy, while the county town of Ennis holds frequent musical festivals (or fleadhs). On most evenings, Bunratty Castle in south County Clare offers a feast of traditional ballads with a four-course banquet (adult €63, child €35).Walk the Garden County, WicklowFacebookTwitterPinterest Glendalough medieval monastic settlement, on the Wicklow Way. Photograph: Chiara Salvadori/Getty Images The Wicklow Way, 131km of unblemished countryside that crosses mountain streams, glacial valleys, forests and ancient monasteries is a near-Hobbit experience, only without the orcs and wizardry. The route is manageable for veteran and novice hikers, and highlights include the splendid Powerscourt Estate (adult €6, child €3.50) and garden before it ascends into the mountains, where the terrain feels alpine. There are plenty of eating options along the way, especially in the charming village of Roundwood. The trail descends...

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