Ireland is a country renowned for its beautiful landscapes and stunning scenery, making it the perfect location for adventure racing. From mountains to rugged coastlines, forests to lakes and river estuaries, there is something for everyone seeking an adrenaline-fuelled experience. Here, we’ll explore some of Ireland’s best adventure races.
- Knock ME Down Adventure Race – well what did you expect? It is our website after all. Take a look around and see what this wonderful race in South-Eastern Ireland has to offer. You’ll find two options (35km Challenge & 62km MÓR) offering plenty of challenges between Newcastle in Co. Tipperary and Mount Melleray in Co. Waterford.
Gael Force West Gael Force West is a race based in Galway and Mayo, taking place in June. It features a majestic route through a wildly beautiful landscape along Ireland’s western coastline. This 66km adventure race will take you along the spectacular Lough Inagh Valley to the majestic Killary Fjord, cycling through rugged Connemara, Co. Galway and finishing in the beautiful town of Westport in Mayo. gaelforceevents.com
Race 2 Glory Race 2 Glory, based in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, is a multi-sport adventure race involving running (including a river section) and cycling. It has taken place for the past 10 years in July around the beautiful town of Kiltimagh. There are 2 course options for those taking part, the “Full Race” (40km in total) as well as the “Sprint Race” (20km in total), thereby catering for all abilities and fitness levels. Both courses are divided into 3 stages. kiltimagh.ie/event/race2glory.
Ballyhoura Beast The Ballyhoura Beast is a tough adventure race that takes place in the Ballyhoura Mountains in County Limerick. The race includes running, cycling, and kayaking, and covers 67km of challenging terrain. The route takes participants through the beautiful Ballyhoura Mountains, with their stunning views and rugged landscapes. The race is designed for experienced athletes, and the challenging terrain and steep climbs make it a real test of endurance. thebeast.ie
Dingle Adventure Race The Dingle Adventure Race takes place in June along the picturesque Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry. The race includes running, cycling, and kayaking, and covers 48km of challenging terrain. The race takes participants through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland, incorporating the famous Slea Head Drive. www.dingleadventurerace.com.
In conclusion, Ireland offers a wide range of adventure races that cater to all levels of fitness and ability. From the rugged mountains to the stunning coastlines, there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery to explore. Whether you are an experienced athlete or a beginner, there is an adventure race in Ireland that will challenge and inspire you.