Explore slow adventure experiences on the Island of Ireland

Slow adventure is the newest travel trend to immerse travelers into journeys through the wild.

Exploring tranquil waterways on a paddle board or canoe, floating down a river, hearing only the sounds of the water – welcome to slow adventure. By getting outside and reconnecting with nature, slow adventure travelers are creating lasting memories and engaging with the best the island has to offer. In Ireland, varied geographies, traditional culture, and local characters enhance the authentic Irish experience.

Why Slow Adventure on the Island of Ireland

Slow Adventure on the Island of Ireland

Inhale. Exhale. Absorb the moment, fully immersed in the unique natural beauty and memorable experiences that await slow adventure travelers in Derry and Leitrim. A new type of excitement reconnects you to nature, and with yourself.

Two Unique Locations, One Experience

The northern regions of the Island of Ireland introduce visitors to the ideals of slow adventure travel. The dreamlike landscapes and ancient traditions of Derry in Northern Ireland and Leitrim in the Republic Ireland offer unexpected yet very welcomed escapes from modern life. Natural features and hospitable locals in this region are just the beginning of what visitors will find here if they stop for a moment, open themselves up to the unknown, and simply connect.

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Derry - The Historic Walled City along the River Foyle

Ireland’s only completely Walled City, set against the hills of Donegal, Derry is a gateway to slow adventure. Visitors experience paddle boarding on the river Foyle or cycling across the Peace Bridge. Journey through Glenelly Valley in the heart of the Sperrins foraging, bake your own traditional bread at Bradkeel Social Farm, learn how artisan cheese is produced, or fish in the River Foyle for a campfire meal. Horse riding in the Faughan Valley as well as deer stalking and salmon fishing in Strabane are all on the menu.
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Leitrim in Ireland’s hidden heartlands

Gushing waterfalls and rolling green hills signal your arrival in Leitrim County, one of the least populated in all of Ireland just two hours from Dublin or Belfast. Wander through nature, stumbling upon Glencar Waterfall – made famous by Yeats – while gazing upon the county’s many lakes like Lough Gill or paddleboard along the Shannon Blueway. On land, cycle through stunning landscapes, discovering historical heritage sites and local craftspeople who will share their traditions with you. Taste locally brewed beers before retreating to a castle for a luxury evening of pampering.
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