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Except of the normal free-time activities, for example playing computer, watching TV, going to cinema or theatre and reading there are many other, especially outdoor-activities, for old and young people in Ireland.
Walking is one of Ireland's biggest attractions, and the country has miles of tailor-made walks. They include the Kerry Way, Beara Way, Ulster Way and Wicklow Way. It's a great way to open up the country and reach its most beautiful and fascinating corners.
Cycling is another good way of getting away from the hordes; although some areas are prohibitively hilly, bikes are easy to hire and it's a grand way to slow down your sight-seeing.
There are a number of excellent mountain-climbing opportunities, particularly Mt Gabriel on the Mizen Head Peninsula, Hungry Hill on the Beara Peninsula and Croagh Patrick just outside Westport.
Ireland is popular for its fishing, and many visitors only come to Ireland because of this reason. Permits are required (5 pounds a day), and a state national licence is required for salmon and sea trout.
With a coastline measuring 5630km, and lots of rivers and lakes, Ireland offers many opportunities for water sports. Good surfing spots include Easkey in the west of County Sligo, the Castlegregory Peninsula and Barley Cove on the Mizen Head Peninsula.
Sailing has a long heritage in Ireland, and the country has over 120 yacht and sailing clubs. The most popular areas for sailing are the west coast, especially between Cork Harbour and the Dingle Peninsula.