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Into The West: The Great Outdoors
Just because it’s the sunny season, doesn’t mean you’re getting free reign to slack off, you know! A visit to one of these fine establishments will have you working off those holiday pounds before you’ve even reached home soil...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 27 Jun 2012
There’s only one way to round off a day of adventuring, and that’s with a good meal. The restaurant at Delphi Mountain Resort draws its inspiration from the local land and sea, serving lobsters and mussels caught fresh every day in Killary fjord and sourcing organic lamb and beef from the nearby farms and hills. Where do we sign up?
Bundoran Surf Company
Main St., Bundoran. Tel. 071 984 1968.
Bundoran Surf Company is a surf school, surf lodge and surf shop located in Bundoran, Co. Donegal, long recognised as the surf capital of Ireland. Established in 2005 by Pete Craig and Aidan Browne, the company teaches students of all ages and levels in their school, caters to the needs of local and visiting surfers in their fully-equipped store and accommodates core surfers and casual travellers alike in their three-star lodge. Situated on Bundoran’s main street, the lodge is ideally located close to the beaches of Bundoran, with most rooms offering a view of the sea. A welcoming and pocket-friendly spot for surf fanatics, it offers a spacious common area with wide screen TV, DVD player and X-Box to help you wind down after your day on the waves, and a continental breakfast each morning to set you up for the day ahead. The Surf Lodge is run by local surfers, so as well as helping you improve your skills on the water, they’ll be able to tell you everything you need to know about where and when to surf in Bundoran. For info on their Surf And Stay packages, pay them an online visit at the above address.
Westport House, Mayo.
Tel. 087 3627828.
Specialising in zorbing, zipwire, coasteering, abseiling and rock climbing, Mayo’s Adventure West are always seeking out the latest adventure crazes to get Irish pulses racing. Here’s what you need to know about the services they offer; abseiling involves climbing the 60ft sheer rockface over Clew Bay and making the descent back down with the help of a series of ropes and pulleys; coasteering combines adventure swimming, cliff jumping, rock scrambling all into one action packed session and zipwire invites the adventurer to get harnessed in and take a ride on an adrenaline-pumping 270 metre zipwire, where you can admire the fabulous panoramic views across the grounds of Westport House (if you can bear to look down, that is!) This brings us to zorbing; the newest of the lot, which involves, in a nutshell, rolling down a hill in a ginormous ball (known to the professionals as an OGO). Hydro zorbing is best described as an invigorating mixture of a waterslide and rollercoaster ride. This wet and wild experience involves one, two or three riders entering the OGO at the top of the hill, before instructors add 20-25 litres of warm water, secure the door closed and launch the OGO downhill. Harness zorbing is a little more extreme; punters are strapped into suspended seat harnesses before being sent rolling head over heels downhill to watch the grass and sky go spinning past. As you may have gathered, these particularly adventurous activities are not for the faint hearted, but if you feel the need to try something new, Adventure West will see to it that you’re in very safe hands.