Active Adventure in Limerick

  • Limerick City Kayaking

Perhaps you’re feeling competitive…or in the mood for an exciting open-country challenge? Maybe you want to get the adrenalin pumping, craving the rush of the great outdoors - or simply looking for some good old-fashioned family fun. Whatever gets you up and moving, however you choose to celebrate that just being alive feeling, you’ll find it here in Limerick - combining the very best of Irish backdrops with first rate facilities, activities and supervision.

City Escapades

If you fancy some action but don’t want to leave the city, Nevsail Watersports offer every solution you could want - conveniently located right in the city centre and catering for all ages and levels of skills.

Limerick City Kayaking Tours offer fun, safe kayaking trips on the River Shannon and are suitable for anyone over 6 years of age. Best of all, no previous kayaking experience is needed. You’ll be introduced to all the necessary kayak strokes and safety protocol – then head off to see Limerick’s amazing sites from the water. It really is a fun way to see over 800 years of fascinating local history – and you’ll learn lots of fascinating facts as you go.

Nevsail Kayak Tours
Enjoy the thrill of kayaking on the River Shannon, surrounded by 800 years of Limerick's history. Photo: Nevsail Watersports

Then there’s Nevsail’s Boat and Sail Taster Sessions – a great introduction to ‘learning the ropes’ of sailing. The company uses safe, stable and easy-to-handle Lelievlet sailing boats – and you’ll be introduced to hoisting sails and driving the boat as you view the city.

Just out the road, in Castleconnell, you can try your hand at Tubing on the River Shannon. Lie back and chill out in a giant inflatable ring as you float down the river without a care in the world. Then let the water do all the hard work as you descend the Falls of Doonass amongst the many whitewater features on the Shannon. You will flow through the beautiful countryside, passing ancient ruins and wading herons on your easy but adrenaline inducing journey. This is the perfect activity for groups and families to be introduced to the joys of whitewater sports on the river Shannon!

If you prefer your action on land, then why not put your best foot forward at Nevsail’s Indoor Rock-Climbing Wall – a great way to challenge yourself and get a good, all-round work-out while having some fun. First-timers may need to complete a training lesson first – then you’re good to go, with supervision by our expert instructors throughout your climb.

Get West Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-up paddle boarding is a fun and adventurous way to explore Limerick City’s waterways. Photo: Get West

Country Feeling

Keen cyclists are in their element in our beautiful county – thanks to the unlimited ways you can explore the great outdoors by mountain bike. The beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains in East Limerick are the setting for some premium bike action at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park.This is a trail system that spans 98 kms and takes you on an amazing journey along forest roads, board walks and rocky areas. From 6 km to over 50 km, you can choose your cycle distance and the centre offers accommodation and bike rental.

Ballyhoura Mountain
Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails boast forest road climbs, tight twisty singletrack with loads of ups and downs, board walk, tight turns and technical rocky bits are guaranteed to leave you smiling!

If exploring on foot is more your style – why not do it with a difference? Sign up for Orienteering at Ballyhoura Forest Park. Using the special maps you’ll navigate your course through the forest to arrive at a range of control points. It’s fun, challenging and so rewarding – a great family activity.

Ballyhoura International Walking Festival 2017 810 x 456

Also in Ballyhoura is the new Basecamp Action Adventure Park - offering incredible, action-packed adventure experiences unlimited. Try your hand at everything from forest 3D archery to paintball and splatball. A Bushcraft experience invites you to ‘get back to your roots’ and learn some ancient skills such as water purification and how to build a shelter…while the centre’s Survival course is based on real special forces training – helping your channel your inner Bear Grylls.

Basecamp Adventure Park
Enjoy an exhilarating day out at Basecamp Adventure Park

Family Fun

To get you into the active spirit, there’s no better place to start than JumpLanes - Ireland’s newest and top indoor trampoline centre. It’s all about bouncing yourself to fun and fitness! Based in the Delta Sports Dome, just minutes from the city centre, JumpLanes has a magnificent 10-lane trampoline area and soccer pool as well as mini ice skating - and trained and dedicated staff is there to supervise and add to the fun.

Delta Lazer and Adventure is a fantastic facility with bungee trampolines, zorb balls, slides, climbing frames as well as lazer tag to keep even the most adventurous of kids happy and RollerJam is a fun-packed roller disco with a supersized skating floor and state of the art sound & lighting system!

Delta Laser and Adventre Centre
Experience a thrilling family day out at Delta Lazer and Adventure Centre, Limerick

From claybird shooting to river walking and abseiling – Limerick is sure to get you moving, exploring and feeling alive! Just add energy!

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