Take a tour of the River Boyne and see some of the most historical parts of the country. Book in with Boyne Boats and enjoy the amazing experience of paddling in handcrafted, traditional Kerry Naomhog currachs that have starred in Game of Thrones.
Learn about ancient battles and mythical legends from a knowledgeable guide as you admire impressive castles dotted along the colourful riverbanks.
Escape to the stunningly serene Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve on the Skellig Coast for a unique night time adventure. As one of the darkest skies in Ireland, this is the best place to see the night’s sky come alive. Watch as shooting stars streak past sparkling constellations and spot majestic planets lightyears away.
The sound of the Atlantic Ocean lapping against the coast as you stare out into the universe makes this a truly special outdoor activity. Explore the nearby Kerry coastline on your trip, look out for dinosaur footprints on Valentia Island and take a boat trip to see one of Ireland's most famous landmarks, the iconic Skellig Michael which featured in Star Wars.
Due to social distancing restrictions, the reserve is currently only operating online but this is a great way to get inspiration and start planning your visit.
Head to the home of surfing in Ireland and catch some waves in Donegal. Beginners love Tullan Strand in Bundoran with its gentle, dependable waves and a fantastic choice of surf schools making it an ideal place to learn on your autumn break. Bundoran has some great independent cafés and restaurants with passionate chefs, making the food scene here unmissable. For something a bit different, stop by the sweeping Rossnowlagh Beach and try your hand at kitesurfing.
Stay in a modern hotel, a cosy B&B or a gorgeous lodge on the ocean’s edge and see the best of the county. Visit the incredible Slieve League cliffs, explore Glenveagh National Park and eat your way around the coastline of this captivating county.
Cycle along the beautiful Old Rail Trail through the Westmeath countryside from Mullingar to Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon. Bring your own bike or rent one from either of the starting points to take on the 40km paved trail.
Stop off in Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park to see the incredible sculptures and treat yourself to a delicious lunch in a traditional pub along the way. Spend the rest of your weekend in Athlone and explore the mighty River Shannon and the town’s blossoming foodie scene.
Get out onto the water with a stand-up paddleboard and explore Dublin’s coast and canal. Visit Dún Laoghaire where Big Style provides all the gear and advice you need to paddle around the beautiful harbour and see fantastic views of Howth Head and the city in the distance.
Or book in with Surfdock in the city centre and paddle around Grand Canal Dock with the iconic Boland’s Mill and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as your backdrop.
Spending time on the water is hungry work, so make the most of Ireland’s vibrant capital with a meal in one of Dublin’s gastropubs. Enjoy a locally made craft beer teamed with a meal from an award winning chef. There's so many great places to eat and stay that you’ll fall in love with Dublin all over again.
For more autumn outdoor adventures, check out our Great Outdoors page and start planning your trip now.