Outsider Magazine http://outsider.ie Ireland's adventure magazine Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:03:59 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.5 134518034 Irish Sailor Enda O’Coineen to Round Cape Horn Alone this Weekend http://outsider.ie/latest/enda-ocoineen-cape-horn/ http://outsider.ie/latest/enda-ocoineen-cape-horn/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:03:59 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=7087 Sailor Enda O’Coineen could teach you a thing or two about never giving up on your dreams, as he attempts to sail a lap of the planet for the second time. This weekend Enda O’Coineen will sail alone around the notorious Cape Horn as he endeavours to complete his solo sailing lap of the planet. Back in […]

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Sailor Enda O’Coineen could teach you a thing or two about never giving up on your dreams, as he attempts to sail a lap of the planet for the second time.

This weekend Enda O’Coineen will sail alone around the notorious Cape Horn as he endeavours to complete his solo sailing lap of the planet. Back in 2016, Enda set out from Les Sables d’Olonne in France to compete in the round the world race the Vendee Globe. Halfway through the trip disaster struck when his mast came crashing down some 180 miles south of New Zealand, forcing Enda to abandon.

The story took a turn for the better when another competitor in the Vendee Globe was forced to retire. Following some discussions, it was decided that the French and Irish teams would merge to create ‘Le Souffle du Nord Kilcullen Team Ireland’ with the mission to sail back to France to unofficially finish the race.

Enda O'Coineen

When speaking of the historic challenge ahead, Enda says “Cape Horn is one of, if not, the most feared pieces of land to round on the planet. And it is certainly living up to its reputation as I approach with 60kph winds and roaring seas hurtling me towards the great cape. This will hopefully be the coldest and wildest weather I will encounter as I then turn north and start the final leg up the Atlantic Ocean and into Les Sables d’Olonne to finish what I started.”

“It’s hard to explain why I put myself in this position, alone, cold, and exhausted at the bottom of the earth but as any sailor or adventurer knows as soon as you reach your destination and accomplish your goal you quickly forget about the hardship. Right now I am living on the edge, moment by moment. Having the joint backing of two teams and flying both the Irish and French flags is an honour. The work of Le Souffle du Nord and the Atlantic Youth Trust keeps me motivated during the lows.”

We’re rooting for you Enda!

You can live track his voyage here.

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To the Test: Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket http://outsider.ie/gear/columbia-powder-lite-hooded-jacket/ http://outsider.ie/gear/columbia-powder-lite-hooded-jacket/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:22:04 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=7056 Our latest love from the Columbia Omni heat collection is their Powder Lite Hooded Jacket. Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket Price: from €105 We’ve found the perfect Irish autumn/winter coat to keep you toasty in Ireland’s wild places this year. The Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket is versatile, water resistant and fitted with an Omni-Heat […]

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Our latest love from the Columbia Omni heat collection is their Powder Lite Hooded Jacket.

Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket

Price: from €105

Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket

We’ve found the perfect Irish autumn/winter coat to keep you toasty in Ireland’s wild places this year. The Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket is versatile, water resistant and fitted with an Omni-Heat thermoreflective lining to keep you warm and dry at minimal expense. We won’t be heading to the Antarctic in it anytime soon, but it is ideal to throw on after a winter surf in the Atlantic, an adventure race or simply as your everyday jacket of choice.

Here are a few of the features we loved.

1. It’s warm

Columbia’s Omni-heat technology is a game changer. The Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective material is made up of thousands of silver dots (like an emergency blanket) that reflect heat back in on the user and reduces the need for more expensive insulation. Your hands will also be grateful for the microfleece-lined pockets on a cold day and the thumbholes in the cuffs. The jacket has a high collar and the hood has the same insulation as the body and arms of the jacket which all help to further reduce heat loss.

Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket

2. It’s water resistant

The shell of the jacket is a Storm-Lite DP II 100% polyester, it’s water-resistant and breathable. It has got me through the whole Irish winter without getting wet so I am a fan.

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3. It’s adjustable

It has an adjustable hood and drawcord hem to tighten around your waist which helps keep you comfortable in a whole range of elements. It also allows you to tailor the fit to your body and keep the draught out. Added helpful features are the interior security pocket and zipped hand pockets.

Columbia Powder Lite Hooded Jacket

4. It’s cheap

You’re not going to get a coat as versatile and warm as this for less! The cost is kept down by using synthetic down, 100% polyester insulation which is cheap to manufacture. The Omni heat is the saviour here. As of yet, I don’t know durable it will be but I’m six months in and it’s still going strong.

5. It looks good

It comes in a ton of great colour combinations which means you can get quite a retro one if you want. The chunky zips and thumb holed cuffs are a nice touch. Down jackets are all the rage right now and when you wear this for a day you’ll realize what all the fuss is about!

Available from: Great Outdoors & Basecamp.

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The Irish Adventure Film Festival & Tour Kicks off Next Weekend! http://outsider.ie/latest/irish-adventure-film-festival-tour/ http://outsider.ie/latest/irish-adventure-film-festival-tour/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:47:56 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=7074 If you are looking for something to do the weekend of 24-25 February 2018, get yourself to Westport, Co. Mayo for The Irish Adventure Film Festival & Tour. Two days packed to the gills with adventure edits to inspire, two great speakers and of course a massive afterparty! There’s no better way to celebrate the […]

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If you are looking for something to do the weekend of 24-25 February 2018, get yourself to Westport, Co. Mayo for The Irish Adventure Film Festival & Tour.

Two days packed to the gills with adventure edits to inspire, two great speakers and of course a massive afterparty! There’s no better way to celebrate the adventure community, be inspired and to have a bit of craic then heading along to The Irish Adventure Film Festival & Tour on 24-25 February 2018.

On the Saturday night at 5.30pm former National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys will take to the stage at W Cinema in Westport for a talk that will inspire the socks off you (I’ve heard him speak before, he’s a good one!). He’s cycled around the world, walked across India and rowed the Atlantic. He popularised the idea of microadventures and has written nine books, so he knows a thing or two about adventure.

Irish Adventure Film Festival

On Sunday at 2.30pm Shane Young from Killary Harbour will be there to regale you with tales of his 22-day kayak and hike through the Chiribiquete National Park in southern Colombia. Shane became the first Irishman to reach 10,000-year-old rock paintings in the Colombian jungle, surviving fist-sized spiders, jaguar encounters and crippling hunger.

The Irish Adventure Film Festival & Tour has one guiding principle, “To inspire people to get outside and undertake their own adventures. No matter how small.” And we here at Outsider wholeheartedly agree with that outlook.

There are still tickets available here, so grab a few pals and head west for the weekend!

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The Irish Alpine Skiers Are Doing us Proud at the Winter Olympics http://outsider.ie/latest/ireland-winter-olympics/ http://outsider.ie/latest/ireland-winter-olympics/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:06:14 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=7069 Ireland and skiing are definitely not synonymous with one another, but there are two people working hard on changing that, Patrick McMillan and Tess Arbez. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that the Winter Olympics is taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea right now. And you might be surprised to know that there […]

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Ireland and skiing are definitely not synonymous with one another, but there are two people working hard on changing that, Patrick McMillan and Tess Arbez.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know that the Winter Olympics is taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea right now. And you might be surprised to know that there are five Irish athletes there to represent us.

Ireland’s alpine skiers Patrick McMillan and Tess Arbez both made their Winter Olympic debuts yesterday morning and they made the country proud. Patrick is only the second Irishman to ever take part in the Olympic Downhill and Tess is only the seventh Irishwoman to compete in a Winter Olympics.

Patrick McMillan (26), from Ogonelloe, Co Clare finished 52nd on the downhill course in a time of one minute and 49.98 seconds. That’s just nine seconds slower than the new Olympic champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.

Patrick told the Independent, “Today I achieved one of my top goals in life, to ski in an Olympic Downhill and finish it and make a lot of people proud. I’m sure everyone at home enjoyed it. My mom and father will be very happy.

“When you put your mind to it you can do anything. Five years ago I said I wanted to become a skier and then go to the Olympics and now I’ve achieved that goal. You should never give up.”

Meanwhile, Tess Arbez (20) finished 50th overall in the Olympic Giant Slalom. She completed her first run in 1:22.12 seconds allowing her a second run in which she seriously upped her game. Tess crossed the line in 1:18.12 seconds to finish in the top 50.

Just this morning Thomas Westgaard beat his world ranking to end up in 63rd place in the 15km Cross Country Skiing. He finished the course in a time of 37:35.6, just under four minutes off gold medallist Dario Cologna.

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WIN! 2 Free Entries to the Delphi Tri-Event & 2 Nights B&B http://outsider.ie/latest/delphi-tri-event-competition/ http://outsider.ie/latest/delphi-tri-event-competition/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:50:15 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=6983 It’s competition time! We’ve teamed up with Delphi Resort to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Delphi Tri-Event as well as the opening of their new Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort. We are giving away two free places in the Delphi Tri-Event along with two nights B&B in the new Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi […]

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It’s competition time!

We’ve teamed up with Delphi Resort to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Delphi Tri-Event as well as the opening of their new Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort. We are giving away two free places in the Delphi Tri-Event along with two nights B&B in the new Wild Atlantic Hostel at Delphi Resort with an evening buffet in the 814 Restaurant and entertainment on Saturday night in the bar.

So if you are a runner, cyclist, swimmer, thrill seeker or someone just looking for a challenge and are free on the 14 April 2018, then take a moment and enter our competition to win this awesome prize! Don’t fret if you are not uber fit, the event is designed as a taster event for aspiring tri-athletes, or as a fun, multi-sport challenge in its own right.

The Delphi Tri-Event is the perfect event to kick off your season, with a 250m swim in Killary Fjord, a 20km cycle through the stunning Doolough Valley and finally a 5km run on off-road forest trails. Get entered for the opportunity to join us at Delphi Resort, on the borders of Galway and Mayo in April for a fun-fuelled weekend of adventure in the great outdoors!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is pop in your details below and answer one VERY easy question.

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The competition will close at 3 pm on 22 February 2018 and the winner will be announced at 4 pm on 23 February 2018. Normal Outsider Terms and Conditions apply.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Battle the Boyne? http://outsider.ie/latest/battle-the-boyne/ http://outsider.ie/latest/battle-the-boyne/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:16:20 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=6963 Registration is now open for the Aura Boyne Swim, so get the togs or wetsuit out and get training! One of our favourite events on the Irish open water swimming calendar is back with a bang, the newly named Aura Boyne Swim will take place on Saturday 16 June 2018. Swimmers turn out in their droves to Drogheda, Co […]

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Registration is now open for the Aura Boyne Swim, so get the togs or wetsuit out and get training!

One of our favourite events on the Irish open water swimming calendar is back with a bang, the newly named Aura Boyne Swim will take place on Saturday 16 June 2018. Swimmers turn out in their droves to Drogheda, Co Louth every year to take on the 2.7km course. And registration is now open, with the entrance fee for adults costing €30 and €15 for minors.

Take to the warm waters (hopefully) of the historic River Boyne for your chance to win one of their stunning trophies designed by local sculptor Ronan Halpin, and commissioned by Drogheda Port Company.

The hosts, Drogheda Triathlon Club have teamed up with the swim coaching team at Aura Leisure to put together a training program that will be free to all participants for download on the Aura Leisure and Boyne Swim websites and will be available to pick up in all of the Aura Leisure centres from 12 February. They will also have a range of tailored swim courses for those who need to improve the swim stroke and stamina before the big swim!

Aura Boyne Swim

Ray Donagh of the Boyne Swim says, “Drogheda Triathlon Club invite you to take part in this majestic swim in the River Boyne through the historic town of Drogheda and see it like you never saw it before. We are looking forward to launching the event and promoting it to a much wider audience so that they can experience the wonder of open water swimming.”

Aura Leisure’s Chief Executive says, “It is a brilliant event on the Irish Open Water Swimming Calendar and one that people of all levels can take part in. It’s just another step on our way to helping make a healthier, happier Ireland!”

You can register here for the event.

The event is supported by Drogheda Port Company and Louth County Council.

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Big Wins for Offshore Racing and Bravery at the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards http://outsider.ie/latest/volvo-irish-sailing-awards/ http://outsider.ie/latest/volvo-irish-sailing-awards/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:53:15 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=6959 Sailors flocked to Dublin on Friday, 9 February, to celebrate the Irish Sailing scene at the annual Volvo Irish Sailing Awards. Conor Fogerty’s took home the coveted title of Volvo Irish Sailor of the Year at the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards for his triumphant trans-Atlantic race win. The Howth sailor showed great skill and determination sailing […]

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Sailors flocked to Dublin on Friday, 9 February, to celebrate the Irish Sailing scene at the annual Volvo Irish Sailing Awards.

Conor Fogerty’s took home the coveted title of Volvo Irish Sailor of the Year at the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards for his triumphant trans-Atlantic race win. The Howth sailor showed great skill and determination sailing his Sunfast 36000 Bam through ferocious elements to win himself the Gipsy Moth Trophy at the Single-Handed East-West Transatlantic race.

Simon Hoffmann, Santiago Alegre, Jay Stacy and Cian Mollen were awarded the Irish Sailing President’s Awards for their heroic rescue of fellow sailors Johnny Durcan and Colin Byrne. Carmel Winkelmann was also recognised for her service and lifelong dedication to junior sail training.

Volvo Irish Sailing Awards
Harry Hermon, CEO Irish Sailing presents Peter O’Leary, Commodore of Crookhaven Sailing Club with the overall Volvo Training Centre of the Year award with Patricia Greene, Head of Communications Volvo Car Ireland at the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards 2018. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

The Volvo Youth Sailor of the year went to Dan McGaughey of Donaghadee Sailing Club in NI for placing 3rd at the Topper World Championships in Loctudy, France. Crookhaven Harbour Sailing Club took home the Volvo Irish Sailing Training Centre of the Year Award. Finally, the Volvo Irish Sailing Senior Instructor of the Year Award went to Kate Caldwell of Mullaghmore Sailing Club in Sligo for her exceptional services to instructing and training.

Massive congratulations to all the winners and nominees and here’s to another great year ahead.

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Things to Do in Waterford: The Complete Guide for Outdoor Lovers http://outsider.ie/ireland/things-to-do-waterford/ http://outsider.ie/ireland/things-to-do-waterford/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:55:02 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=6918 Waterford is much more than just the Crystal County, it’s teeming with spots to mountain bike, hike, kayak, and skate in. Come and experience for yourself all the things to do in Waterford. Ireland’s oldest city Waterford is becoming one of the trendiest places in Ireland to hang out. It’s made up of a cluster […]

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Waterford is much more than just the Crystal County, it’s teeming with spots to mountain bike, hike, kayak, and skate in. Come and experience for yourself all the things to do in Waterford.

Ireland’s oldest city Waterford is becoming one of the trendiest places in Ireland to hang out. It’s made up of a cluster of seaside towns to satisfy your surfing and skating needs, the stunning Comeraghs to hike and climb in and of course, the Suir and Nire Valleys to explore. Combined, it makes for a bit of a hot spot for adventurous pursuits, that is if you are willing to scrape beneath the surface and search for them. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore. There are ample things to do in Waterford to keep you entertained for a few days, for all ages and all budgets. Here are just a few.

Things to Do in Waterford: on Land

Walks

Things to do in Waterford
Image: Failte Ireland

With the stunning glaciated mountain range the Comeraghs dominating the county, there are plenty of walks amongst its peaks to entertain you. Standing at 792m, the Comeragh Mountains are a magical mountain range. Lying side by side with their sister range the Monavullagh Mountains. There are so many spots to explore; from Coumshingaun to Crotty’s Lough to the Gap, you’re spoilt for choice. The name Comeraghs comes from the Irish for ‘abundant in hollows and streams’ and with about 15 corries and countless streams, they live up to their name. The high mountain plateau above is truly a world apart and quite a change from the steep approach. Check out our full review of the Comeragh Mtns for more information.

For a looped walk within the range check out the 7.5km Coumshingaun Loop. It’ll take you about four hours. Park up at Kilclooney bridge and begin the gentle ascent up the mountain. The Red Loop, Glenshelane, Farbreaga Cairn and Sliabh na Mban are a few other Waterford walks to try.

If you don’t feel confident heading to the hills alone, Muddyboots is a great little mountain guiding company based in Waterford. They offer guided walks and mountain skills courses galore to keep you sharp out in the wilds. Mountain Zone is another who provide family-friendly camping and mountain adventure, providing tailor-made treks and hikes in the Comeragh Mountains.

Waterford also hosts an annual walking festival in October in the Nire Valley. Now in its 25th year, it offers some fantastic walking, great talking, excellent local guides and the company and comradery of like-minded people.

Rock Climb

Things to do in Waterford
Image: Ardmore Adventures

If you are already an experienced climber then head straight to the climbing hot spots of Waterford, Ardmore Head and the Comeragh Mountains. If not, then why not try a half day course with Ardmore Adventures to experience the thrill of rock climbing and abseiling on the sea cliffs at the neighbouring Goat Island. They also run awesome sunset climbs on the sea cliffs where you abseil back down to the sandy beach as you watch the sunset over Youghal Bay. If the weather is not playing ball, then Waterford has an indoor climbing wall called Activate where you can go for a taster session for just €8.

Cycle

Things to do in Waterford
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If you are after a leisurely off-road cycle suitable for both the hardcore and the whole family, you need to take a spin on the Waterford Greenway. The 46km off-road route from Waterford City to Dungarvan is a brilliant day out. The route follows the former Waterford to Dungarvan Railway line, passing through the villages of Kilmeadan and Kilmacthomas. Stop for lunch or coffee at the quaint Coach House cafe at the halfway mark. Load up your own bikes onto the car or rent a bike at either end of the route for €20 for an adults bike and €10 for kids bikes.

Mountain Bike

Things to do in Waterford
Image: The Nire Valley Drop

Although there’s no trail centre in Waterford, if you have your own equipment you can definitely go and ride some routes in Waterford. If you are into downhill, then Minaun and Whitehorse are just 15 minutes outside of the city. For the competitive among you, there’s the annual Nire Valley Drop in October which will test your stamina, with 60km, 40km or 20km options to choose from. Then there are the Lisnakill dirt jumps featuring dozens of dirt jumps up to six feet in height.

Drive the Copper Coast

Things to do in Waterford
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Everyone’s heard of the Ring of Kerry Drive, but have you heard of the Copper Coast Drive? This hidden gem in Waterford embraces all the best seascapes, cliffs, bays and coves between Dungarvan and Tramore. The Copper Coast Geopark is an outdoor museum of geological records which includes; volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area.  Follow the self-guided Copper Coast trail, there are walking cards available from The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon. Make sure to stop off at Kilmurrin Cove, it is one of our favourite spots on the route.

Skateboard

Things to do in Waterford

For a spot of skateboarding, Waterford city has a cool bowl set up at Peoples Park. Its got some decent ledges and flatbanks. Out in the seaside town of Tramore, there’s a fun beginner park to play around on too if there’s no surf.

Things to Do in Waterford: in Water

Swim

Things to do in Waterford

And for a wild swim in Waterford, we recommend Dunmore East. It has a host of inviting bathing spots to choose from, we reckon Badger’s Cove is arguably one of the best. Steep steps lead their way to a small sandy cove which is backed by imposing cliffs and a cave. Adventurous souls can swim out of the cove, where an abundance of rocks, ranging in height, are begging to be jumped off.

Another is Newtown, a small sheltered cove that was traditionally where women only used to swim, with the men going to Guillamene on the other side of the cove. Now it’s a place where men, women and children congregate. The water in both spots is deep and clear when the tide is in and there is good access via ladders and a slipway along the side.

Surf

Things to do in Waterford
Image: Tramore Surf School

The West coast rightly steals most of the headlines when it comes to surfing in Ireland but Tramore does its best to represent the East. Without the battering from Atlantic the waves are a little less consistent at Tramore and the best time to go is in the winter. When the conditions are right it’s welcoming for newcomers but you may outgrow the smaller swell quickly. Many of the surf clubs along the promenade offer lessons as well as equipment hire. There is Freedom Surf School & AdventureOceanic Manoeuvres Surf SchoolT-Bay Surf & Eco CentreTramore Surf School, and Bunmahon Surf School.

Kayak

Things to do in Waterford
Image: Ardmore Adventures

There are plenty of options to explore the county on the water. Pure Adventure runs trips down the river Suir, the whole way from Clonmel, Co Tipperary to Waterford city and then on to Waterford Estuary. In Waterford city itself, Pure they run a number of trips in the daytime and evenings starting either in the city itself or from Waterford castle. Blackwater Kayaks Canoes is another operator who runs guided tours along the river.

For sea kayaking, there is Ardmore Adventures where you take to the waters of Ardmore Bay, kayak along the rocky Coast and visit the Old Copper Mines. From your sea kayak get up close with the local wildlife as you kayak into caves, visit sea stacks and the wreck of the Samson Barge.

Then there’s Dunmore Adventure which caters for all your watersports needs, from kayaking to windsurfing, sailing, and SUP. They even have a fun Wibit Wipeout Aquapark which looks like mad craic!

Kitesurf

Things to do in Waterford
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The surf in Tramore is a bit hit and miss but the wind is fairly constant, which provides the perfect location for a kitesurfing session. Sky High teaches the total beginner to the experienced wanting to hone their kitesurfing skills. They run introduction lessons, one to three-day kitesurfing courses, ‘learn to wave ride’ sessions, ‘try and fly power kite’ lessons, landboard/buggy courses, one to one tuition, and a cool copper coast safari.

Sail

Things to do in Waterford
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If you are ready to try sailing, WHSC’s work out of a small enclosed cove in Dunmore East, so it is a perfect place to learn to sail. South Coast Sailing is another, they offer a package of four sailing lessons for €200.00 where you sail a racing yacht. If you are not quite ready to commit to a package, they run sailing cruises for €50.00 around the bay of the estuary. It’s the perfect way to experience the breath-taking scenery along the Waterford coastline.

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11 of the Best Adventure Races in Ireland http://outsider.ie/challenges/adventure-races-ireland/ http://outsider.ie/challenges/adventure-races-ireland/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:03:24 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=5175 Looking for an event to sign up for that’s a bit different, a bit more reckless than a triathlon? Then, why not take a closer look at adventure racing this year. Adventure racing is a multi-discipline event, combining some or all of the following; navigation, cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing. And they are some […]

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Looking for an event to sign up for that’s a bit different, a bit more reckless than a triathlon? Then, why not take a closer look at adventure racing this year.

Adventure racing is a multi-discipline event, combining some or all of the following; navigation, cross-country running, mountain biking, paddling and climbing. And they are some of the most fun, albeit tough events you can do in Ireland. There is no better time than Christmas, (when you are sprawled out on the couch, with chocolate wrappers strewn at your feet) to get the diary out and get signed up to one or more of these adventure races in 2018.

1. Gaelforce Dublin

Date: 17 Feb 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

After a successful inauguration in 2017, Gaelforce Dublin is back for its second year. The multi-sport race offers two distance choices – 49km or 29km. You’ll travel on foot, bike and kayak on a course that takes you from the city limits into the countryside and hills of south county Dublin and back! Expect plenty of challenges!

More info: Gaelforce

2. The Race

Date: 2-4 March 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

This is one of the toughest challenges on the Irish racing calendar. The Race is a 250km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of northwest Donegal. Combining 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running, this 24-hour test of endurance from the people at Sand2Snow Adventures and Gartan Outdoor Education Centre will be a race to remember.

More info: The Race

3. Quest Kenmare

Date: 10 March 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

The latest event to join the Quest family for 2018 is Quest Kenmare, a one-day multi-sport adventure race which takes in the amazing mountains of the Beara Peninsula and boutique charm of Kenmare town. Run, cycle and kayak across Kenmare Bay, Gleninchiquinn, The Beara Peninsula, Caha Pass and Kenmare town. There are three distance choices, a 67km expert, 50km sport and 29km route. Quest Kenmare will bring you to places in Ireland you have never been before, past 200-foot waterfalls, through secret valleys and along ancient mountain trails. If you are looking for an event on the East Coast, then Quest Glendalough takes place on 21 April 2018 in the Wicklow Mountains.

More info: Quest

4. Clare Island Adventure Race

Date: 28 April 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

This is a seriously fun adventure race on the beautiful Clare Island, just off the Mayo coast. Appealing to both experienced and novice racers, there are two options to choose from. With a killer climb over Knockmore, the full course (24km) will be the perfect warm-up race for experienced racers for a busy season ahead. The Spirit Race (15km) skips this climb and has a shorter cycle, making it very doable for the less experienced. A plunge in the sea from the pier at the end of the course and a beach obstacle challenge add a great novelty factor to both courses.

More info: Clare Island Adventures 

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5. Coast to Coast Multisport Race

Date: 19-20 May 2018

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This might just be the ultimate Irish adventure! There are two options to choose from on this event which sees participants traverse the country from west to east, covering 300km+ from Enniscrone in Co Sligo to Newcastle, Co Down. You can choose the epic option and kayak, bike and hike/run non stop or opt for the two-day version where you’ll sleep in a bed for the night. The route passes through stunning unspoilt rural locations, quaint villages and along The Shannon-Erne Waterway, one of the most famous waterways in Ireland.

More info: 26Extreme

6. Gaelforce West

Date: 23 June 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

Gaelforce West is the original multi-sport race in Ireland. The 67km linear course starts at dawn on a beach in Connemara and ends in Westport town, Co Mayo. Travelling through the iconic landscape around Killary Fjord and climbing Croagh Patrick are all part of this incredible journey. If you are looking to really tough it out, then the Gaelforce West Ultra could be for you. Your challenge will be to mountain run and cycle 154km through the toughest routes in Connemara and Mayo.

More info: Gaelforce

7. Moxie Adventure Race

Date: TBC July 2018

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This race takes place against the stunning backdrop of Blessington Lakes in Co Wicklow. It is only 45 minutes drive from Dublin and offers a choice of four courses from mini to pro – 23km, 36km and 54km and a 34.5km Moxie Duathlon. The races involve kayaking, biking and running.

More info: Total Experience 

8. Quest 12/24

Date: 25 Aug 2018

Adventure Races Ireland
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Calling all adventurers! A new member of the Quest family – Quest 12/24 – has arrived. Their toughest challenge to date, this one-day individual unsupported adventure race across Ireland’s highest mountains and following toughest cycle routes in the southwest, offers two routes – 147km and 241km. With a time limit of 12/24 hours depending on your chosen route, this challenge will show you what you are made of. If that sounds just a tad too tough, then Quest has plenty of shorter distance adventure races including Quest Achill in September and Quest Killarney in October.

More info: Quest

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9. The Delphi Challenge

Date: 10 Nov 2018

Adventure Races in Ireland

This 14km event is aimed squarely at those looking to have a bit of fun by taking on an achievable adventure challenge. You’ll begin your challenge by cycling the gentle winding road from Delphi around Killary Fjord until you reach Bundorragha Pier, where you will embark on a 1km kayaking circuit on scenic Killary Fjord. Finally, you’ll bike towards Delphi where you’ll begin your trail run (5km) through the Delphi forest before returning to the resort for some lunch and refreshments (additional cost) followed by live music in the bar from 10pm! Registration opens in June 2018.

More info: Delphi Adventure Resort

If you are not quite ready for a full-scale adventure race, then a mud run or obstacle course is the perfect event to have a bit of craic on and get fit while doing so.

10. Runamuck Challenge

Date: 10 March 2018

Adventure Races Ireland

If you’re up for getting down and dirty, then get ready for the return of the Runamuck Challenge. Ireland’s original and most popular off-road mucky run offers the choice to complete 5km or 10km but whichever you choose, you’ll be belly laughing as you make your way through the cross-country obstacle course which includes hay bales, Tarzan swings, super slides.

More info: Runamuck Challenge

11. The Atlantic Series Challenge

Date: 22 – 23 Sept 2018

Best Adventure Races in Ireland

The ideal race for the hardcore out there, this multi-discipline adventure race will cover in excess of 400km along the Mayo coastline and others! The full race route is not released until event registration Friday evening 21st September, only then will competitors have a period to plan for certain aspects of the race course. Competitors must know how to navigate and be proficient swimmers.

More info: Atlantic Series

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5 Reasons You Should Hike the Camino http://outsider.ie/travel/camino-hike/ http://outsider.ie/travel/camino-hike/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:00:08 +0000 http://outsider.ie/?p=6873 If you’ve exhausted the many long distance walking trails in Ireland or simply want to walk in a place where the elements aren’t going to constantly test your resolve then it’s time you considered doing a Camino. Ready yourself for a splash of colour, culture, new cuisine, fresh faces and most importantly an epic adventure […]

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If you’ve exhausted the many long distance walking trails in Ireland or simply want to walk in a place where the elements aren’t going to constantly test your resolve then it’s time you considered doing a Camino.

Ready yourself for a splash of colour, culture, new cuisine, fresh faces and most importantly an epic adventure that may well change your life. There are a ton of Camino routes to choose from, the most popular amongst them being the French Way, the Northern Way and the Portuguese Way. Choose one of them or go hardcore and pick one on the fringes. Walk or bike it, do a small section or extend it all the way to Fisterra. Just do it, the Camino is waiting.

Here are five reasons why the Camino should be your next adventure.

1. It’s adventure with a safety net attached

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Usually when undertaking long distance walks you’ll need decent navigation skills, maps, compasses, the whole lot. But the Camino de Santiago is waymarked (properly waymarked not like some of Ireland’s ‘waymarked’ trails). This makes it a hassle-free undertaking and takes a load off your mind. All you have to do is follow the yellow arrow. It is all either off-road, on pathways or along quiet country roads.

You don’t need to carry a ton of equipment like tents and stoves. All the routes are set out in manageable daily distances so you always end up with accommodation near the end of your walk. It’s the ideal first adventure for those who want to dip their toe into a challenge without getting bogged down in the logistics. Or a great training challenge before doing a big expedition.

2. Room to just breathe

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When was the last time you had the time and headspace to just be alone with your thoughts and not have your head consumed with work, family, money, drama etc.? The Camino is the perfect way to pare things right back and simplify your life for a few weeks. All you have to do is concentrate on putting one step in front of the other. Breathe in the fresh air, switch off your gadgets, escape from reality for a while and just walk. Take the time to revel in the burn in your legs, the heat on the back of your neck and take in the panoramic views surrounding you.

3. Embrace the culture and scenery

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Most of you will have been to mainland Europe before whether to laze on a beach resort along the coast or to visit the tourist hot spots, but the Camino offers you a chance to visit the real country. Meet the locals, try the cuisine, all the good stuff! The weather is typically better than at home and the views will not disappoint. Think undulating hills, dirt paths, vineyards, red terracotta tiled roofs, whitewashed walls and several carafes of wine.

4. The Camino traditions

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There are a few traditions on the Camino that make the whole experience that bit more magical. One of our favourites is the pilgrim passport. You pick it up at your start point and get it stamped in the shops, restaurants and top spots along the way. It will also get you discounted meals in many of the restaurants en route that offer a pilgrim menu. It’s such a unique token to take home as a souvenir of your time.

If you manage to make it beyond Santiago and all the way to Fisterra, another tradition is burning your clothes or boots at the very end. Or for the more eco and safety conscious among you, a swim in the waters of Langosteira beach is a must. The symbol of the Camino is the scallop shell, another keepsake to take home with you. You might be lucky enough to spot one on the beach or else you can buy them for a few quid along the route.

Finally, you’ll notice from day one people greeting you with the words ‘Buen Camino’. This is a lovely tradition that will make you feel instantly at ease and welcome in your new environment. You will meet people young and old, from every background, all with their own story to tell. You can go with a gang or by yourself. Whatever you choose, you’ll make friends for life.

5. Reaching Santiago

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There is nothing quite like the end of a long journey. You will remember that moment when you walk into Santiago de Compostela for the rest of your days. The crowds and the atmosphere are just electric and all the Camino routes merge here so there is a constant flow of people. The cobbled streets of Santiago fill up with pilgrims taking pictures, hugging, sipping a beer at the side of the road, pulling off their hiking boots and socks and letting their feet breathe. It’s a pretty special sight to behold and be a part of.

If you think you’re ready to take the plunge, then Follow the Camino is offering a 10% discount using code Outsider10 if you book with them by 9 March 2018. Find out more at www.followthecamino.com

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