Feeling motivated to do something, but there’s a hurricane brewing outside? Here are some of the best activities to do on a rainy day in Ireland.

Sometimes there is nothing better than staying in your pyjamas on the couch all day, poring over maps or burying yourself in a good book, but sometimes it’s better to get up and get out there and seize the day. Here are 20 of the best activities in Ireland to entertain you on those miserable days.

1. Climb Walls

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There are so many good climbing walls dotted around the country, that will give you a workout and your daily dose of adrenaline. In Dublin alone, there’s Gravity, Awesome Walls and the Dublin Climbing Centre where you can while away that rainy day for just a couple of quid.

2. Take an exercise class

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There are so much more fun ways to exercise than running on a treadmill. Learn a skill, get in touch with your body and calm that restless mind of yours with boxercise, yoga, hot yoga, pilates, etc. Whatever you think of, there will probably be a class for it.

3. Swim

Get in some training or just go for a paddle in one of the hundreds of pools around the country. If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous. Take a quick dip in the sea, the rain is not going to make any difference there! Just make sure to have a massive towel waiting for you when you get out.

4. Do some extreme trampolining

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There is no better way to spend a day than bouncing up and down on a load of trampolines. There is a Jumpzone in Dublin and We are Vertigo in Belfast. Two places perfect for a rainy day out, to unleash the child within you.

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5. Drive a GoKart

Instead of staying in and playing Crash Team Racing, bring it to life with some indoor go-karting. Kartmania in Cork has a great indoor GoKarting track for kids and adults. Kylemore Karting in Dublin is another one, offering 10 minutes slots which will get you approximately 22 laps for €15.

6. Go skiing indoors

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Ireland really doesn’t get enough snow to get your ski on, and not all of us can afford to jet off to the Alps every weekend. What we do have though are a few ski centres to keep you entertained and keep your skills sharp for when you finally do get some powder. The Ski Centre in Sandyford, Dublin and We Are Vertigo in Belfast are brilliant.

7. Explore some caves

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If it’s raining outside, then go underground! Epic Ireland offers full-day caving adventures in Galway for €99. If you don’t feel like being quite that active, Ireland has plenty of caves to explore without having to climb them. Some of our favourites are the Ailwee Cave, the Marble Arch Caves, and Dunmore Caves.

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8. Jump in a bog

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You’re going to have to venture outside for this one and you are going to get wet and mucky, so a little bit of rain isn’t going to make the slightest difference. The wetter it is, the more fun this will be! Causey Farm is the place to go for a spot of bog jumping.

9. Skateboard/BMX at T13 urban park

T13 is a huge indoor park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter for BMX riders, skateboarders, free runners and breakdancers. This place is cool and is the perfect antidote to saving a rainy day.

10. Go ice-skating

Enjoy year-round ice skating at Dundonald International Ice Bowl. Get practising before Christmas in Ireland’s only Olympic sized ice rink.

11. Dance your troubles away at a roller disco

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If you are after something to cheer you up on this rainy day, the Spin Roller Disco is the perfect thing to do. Over on Dublin’s Long Mile Road, the flashing lights and pumping music will lift your spirits. They offer both open sessions and private skating lessons for adults and children, with prices starting from €10 per person.

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12. Test yourself in the GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone

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If you were a fan of the TV show Crystal Maze then you need to go to GoQuest Indoor Challenge Zone. Out in the North Park Business Park in Finglas, the zone includes a purpose-built arena with 27 unique challenge rooms across four zones, where players complete a mixture of skill, light physical and mental challenges. Working in teams against the clock to get as many points in an allotted time. Sessions last up to two hours each and prices are from €16 upwards.

13. Escape the Adventure Room

Another fun team activity is the Adventure Room in Dublin. It’s a unique live escape challenge for teams of two to 14 people, where you solve puzzles to escape from a mysterious room/rooms within 60 minutes.

14. Go Scuba Diving

Last on the list for what to do on a rainy day is to commit to the fact that you are going to get wet and go scuba diving! There are loads of dive schools around the coast of Ireland, you are guaranteed to find one close to where you are.

16. Do a bushcraft survival skills course

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Yes, you’ll get wet, but we figure if you are learning survival skills, you might as well learn how to survive in the worst kind of weather. Delphi Adventure Centre and Adventure.ie are just two of the companies in Ireland that run courses.

17. Try indoor archery

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Have flashbacks of your childhood school tours and take up archery once more. Release your inner Robin Hood by joining Wicklow Archery Club. It is one of many clubs offering indoor archery courses throughout the winter.

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18. Climb the steps of Hook Head

Climb the lighthouse’s 115 steps. The view of the Cork coastline might not be ideal on a rainy day, but you’ll be inside and dry and the blood in your veins will be pumping.

19. Go on a road trip

Grab a few friends, load up the car, put the tunes on and just drive. Ireland has so many great driving routes: the Causeway Coast, the Ring of Kerry and the Copper Coast to name just a few. Stop in all the little weird and wonderful places along the way for coffees and cakes. The one’s you would never stop at if you were rushing to a particular destination. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

20. Have a duvet day

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If all else fails just have a semi-productive duvet day. Don’t leave the house, pore over maps, bake your heart out, light the fire and watch Netflix. Plan your next adventure, book flights, read a book, and order a take away from Just Eat. Perfection.

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