Outdoor Activities and Adventures
Outdoor activities have always been a part of An Óige. We started out in 1931 as a way of introducing young Irish people to the joys of the outdoors and we are still very much about this today. In our early days travelling from one hostel to another through stunning Irish landscape was the main outdoor activity. Nowadays young people like to have more choices when it comes to outdoor activities. In these days when sedentary lifestyles are effecting all of our health, we believe that the Irish outdoors is even more vital to a young person’s physical and mental well being than it was in the last century.
Our outdoor activities section has expanded to include not only traditional outdoor activities such as hiking and walking, but also water activities and more unusual land activities such as zip lining.
Whatever pursuits young people are interested in, our hostels are perfectly placed to introduce them to healthy outdoor activities when they stay with us. In some cases we create partnerships with local outdoor activity providers (such as Eco Adventure in Knockree Youth Hostel and Play at Height in Killarney Youth Hostel) so that they can operate in the grounds of our hostels. In other cases we can direct young people to the outdoor activity providers nearest to our hostels.
Whatever outdoor activities you are interested in, get out there and enjoy them!