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The fact that we in the South East are washed by the Atlantic and also situated in the Gulf Stream make us a wonderful centre for a whole plethora of water sports which would be difficult to surpass. The availability of sports such as Sub-Aqua, Sailing, Swimming, Diving, Ski-ing, Rowing, Canoeing, Surfing and Cruising, to name but a few, adds greatly to the image of the South East of Ireland as an ideal holiday destination for those interested in a wide range of water activities.

You can embark on fantastic voyages into the deep sea realms of whales, turtles and underwater gardens. For those of you who like to stay dry but savour the taste of adrenalin, the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford offer excellent rock climbing, archery, orienteering, quad biking, karting, shooting, flying and even hang gliding. Below is a list of the wide variety of activities on offer.
Come to the 450 acre estate of Wells House near Gorey and experience an Archery experience you'll never forget. Come and spend a few hours with us as we teach you the basics of archery and shoot our 3D range in the woodlands, suitable for the whole family and fantastic fun. Come and shoot our bears or our flying goose. You can also watch the Falconry displays or have tea & cakes on the lawn.
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The Copper Coast gets its name from the 19th Century copper mines that lie at its heart. It comprises some 25 kilometres of spectacular coastline consisting of beaches and coves enclosed by rocky headlands. The area is a Geopark, which is not an enclosed park but an area of countryside which is geologically interesting and easy to get at. There is a European Geoparks network - over 30 Geoparks all over Europe; there is also a growing worldwide network of Geoparks associated with UNESCO. Copper Coast is the only European Geopark wholly in the Republic. (There is one which straddles the border - Fermanagh/Cavan). There is an office in Bunmahon in a former Church of Ireland church which the Copper Coast Geopark group are gradually turning into a community, cultural and interpretive centre. Here you can get walking cards and help and guidance on what to do in the area. Copper Coast Geopark. The Copper Coast Geopark is an outdoor museum of geological records. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. You can follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards are available from the Geopark Office in Bunmahon. Guided tours for schools and other groups interested in learning about the geology of the area are also available
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Dunmore Cave boasts some of the largest and most impressive calcite formations in Ireland. The largest of these is known as the Market Cross, a name which in recent years was adopted by a shopping centre in nearby Kilkenny. The cave was once home to a large bat colony, and there are still bats there in some of the darker and deeper parts of the cave, though considerably fewer than in the past. The cave is open year round, from 9.30am – 6.30pm every day from June to September, with earlier closing in other months. The cave is reached via a long and pretty steep flight of steps, which is fine going down but quite a climb coming out, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed. There is no accessibility for wheelchairs or for children’s buggies. There is a small but informative visitor centre, and a tearoom which serves delicious cupcakes is open during the summer months.
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Dunmore East Adventure Centre provides activities for adult groups such as stag and hen parties, corporate outings, camps for children and programmes for school kids. All visitors are guaranteed an action packed day out over land or in the sea. The activities range from kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, canoeing, and rockclimbing. Team challenges and games can also be organised. There are many adventure packages available for adult groups which can be tailored to the level of fitness of the group. From ambitious beginners to adventurous experts, there are multi-activity programmes offered to suit your group. Team Building programmes are available to help your company find your true potential. The programmes are designed to develop skills in leadership, organisation, reasoning, communication, confidence, achieving targets and setting goals. The kids’ camps are designed to introduce children from the ages of 5 to 17 to the great outdoors through fun and games. There are activities such as treasure boat trips, archery, climbing, a variety of water based games and much more. Dunmore East Adventure Centre also provide action packed days out for National School Tours with land and water based outdoor activities specifically designed for your school. <iframe width="495" height="281" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br/>
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"Go with the Flow" offers exciting canoe borne river adventures for all ages. Catering for large groups, hen and stag parties and families. Canoe hire available on the Barrow River. In addition we operate great family days out or adventure trips for sports clubs and friends. We also sell Canoes and kayaks. Since the early 90's hundreds of people have discovered a new world with us which they never knew existed. The fun, thrills and excitement they experienced on their first River Adventure has brought them back time and time again. Your opportunity awaits you. Opening Times May to October.
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Gravity Xtreme Adventure at Forest Park is a new and exciting high ropes adventure course. The courses are guaranteed to exhilarate and test your limits of self confidence and skill. Whether you are on the dual zip wire, fan jump, aerial trekking courses, climbing and abseiling wall or trying everything, you will be testing your self to your limits while having the best day out ever. Gravity Xtreme Adventure is suitable for anyone who is 1.3 meters and taller, But don’t worry safety is our number one priority and you will be harnessed in at all times and under the supervision of our highly trained instructors. Advanced bookings recommended.
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Oceanics Surf School is Ireland's Premier Surf School located at one of the best surfing spots in Ireland, at Tramore Co. Waterford, providing surf lessons for all ages Tramore is a beach break wave producing slower forming waves perfect for beginners and those wishing to learn the skills of surfing and improve techniques. For the more experienced surfer Tramore, which has produced countless Irish and Intercounties surfing champions, offers a glorious 3 mile south facing stretch of beach with the challenge of an ever changing beach break wave. Oceanics Surf School with its highly experienced professional team, guarantees you the most amazing surfing experience. Family owned and run it celebrates 13 years in operation in 2010. The Surf School base is located @ The Red Cottage 30m from Tramore Beach front. The easy, comfortable atmosphere of the surf school base and it's surrounds, is both owner and staff created. Participants in surfing lessons and surf school activities can chillax and enjoy the privacy of the surf schools large secluded sun trap deck area located to the rear of the cottage, it's indoor garden room for those not so sunny days, separate indoor male/female changing facilities and its rinse off showers.
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Quad Attack in Wexford is exhilarating good fun. Well established as one of the best Quad Biking facilities in the country. We provide adventurous all weather cross-country driving fun for everybody from 6 years upwards. We cater very successfully for the Corporate Market, Stag & Hen groups, Christmas Work Parties and Birthdays, to Confirmations and Communions or any individual who wants to experience a thrilling Cross-Country Driving Adventure. The challenging course is spread out over 80 acres under the scenic backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains. On holidays once visited, it’s the place everybody wants to return to and word of mouth has proven to be our best form of advertising to date. Age, Driving Experience and group size will determine where you begin. Your session can be a gentle trek or a thrilling adventure, but regardless of where you start or finish, rain or shine, you'll have a great time at Quad Attack. Not only have we the best Quad Track in the country we are now extending the excitement and adventure at Quad Attack with the introduction of the Crazy Corral. Test your skills on the Rodeo Bull, Beat the Bungee or Burst, Wrestle your opponent to the ground in a Sumo Suit and see if he survives the count.
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South East Scuba Diving Centre is based on the scenic coastline of the Hook Head Peninsula in the village of Fethard on Sea, Co. Wexford. South East Scuba is Wexford's only PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) approved Dive Centre. Catering for first timers or more experienced divers, they provide all the equipment you’ll need. Courses run throughout the year offering a full program of Padi courses.
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Google map: I offer sea kayak tours along Waterford's Copper Coast and is based just outside Tramore, County Waterford. allows you the opportunity to kayak on the most beautiful stretch of the Irish coastline. The spectacular sea arches and caves of Waterford's Copper Coast are accessible to anyone who can sit in a kayak with a spirit of adventure! No experience is required as the trips are all instructor led and all safety equipment is provided. In addition to our guided half-day trips they also offer introductory Irish Canoe Union kayaking courses for paddlers aged 14 years and upwards. Their sea kayaking courses are designed to make you a better paddler. Courses are tailored for those interested in learning sea kayaking basics, those who want to improve their paddling skill level and for those who intend to be responsible for others on the water whether as professional or recreational paddlers. Courses are approved by the Irish Canoe Union and certificates are issued upon the completion of each course. Activities include: Guided tours / Water sports accessories / Private tuition / Corporate paddles / Expeditions
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