The Irish Mountain Running Association has an energetic website that can tell you everything you need to know. The Mountaineering Council of Ireland also keeps a great site of information, with commentary, news and links for both hiking and mountain-climbing communities.

Irish cycling

Peter Purfield's Irish Cycling site is ideal for serious cyclists and fans; it’s a great site with plenty of news, tips, and upcoming events. Seamus Shortall has another good site: Irish Cycle Racing. Here there are lots of news and articles on touring the country by bicycle as well as the history of Irish cycling.

Staying fit

Staying in shape with time constraints or while other life factors stop you from retaining your old activity level. Get started with our tops to find out how to drink and eat for your reduced activity level, and see how to fit easier exercises into your schedule, keeping your body in the best condition possible while you enjoy everything else that life has to offer. If you want to lose a few pounds or get a six pack, it might be worth organising an appointment with a London personal trainer.


Just walking alone is a great exercise which can help you keep in shape, feel more athletic, and get healthy. Not all exercise must include painful muscles and lots of sweat! Walking is simple to fit into your day-to-day activities, making it one of the simplest solutions for staying in shape.



Irish activities

The following hand-picked suggestions will offer you resources on Irish walking, hiking, boating, horseback riding, birdwatching, cycling and other great activities.

Irish walking and hiking

We provide useful information on Irish forests, nature reserves and parks where you can have an exhilarating run up a mountain if you wish or possibly something along the lines of a gentle stroll in a field or, better yet, an after-picnic sleep.

Online you can access mountain photo galleries, detailed descriptions of long walks, great links with commentary, a schedule of events and plenty more.

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board site offers 'fourteen great walks' on the Ulster Way, one of Ireland's long-distance hiking paths. Tourists have been trekking to beautiful Killarney National Park for generations. The park's website offers an excellent introduction to the flora and fauna of this special place, and includes many photos.

In and on the water

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland offers all sorts of information and news for boaters, fishermen and walkers. Many good photos of locks and bridges, everything you wanted to know about the Royal Canal, links to a number of things watery, and plenty more – in all, a very interesting site.