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Alternative Christmas Guide for the Adventurer

So maybe last year you bought an amazing present but it wasn’t the right size, or colour, or your friend is particularly fussy. How about an alternative Christmas Gift this year. We have 9 ideas for you.

1. Beach Bar Surf School. Aughris Head, Co. Sligo.

How about a Winter Surf Lessons? €25 per person with gear included. These lessons typically include 20 minutes beach side and then 2 hours in the water. If your friend is not into surfing you could try paddle boarding. Class size are limited so you get enough attention from the teacher.  This could be a great option for a kayaker who has always wanted to try surfing but never got round to it. Check it out for yourself on their website, call them on +353 86 073 8869 for more information or just watch this nice video of the surf school.

2. Adult climbing Taster Awesome Walls. Dublin & Cork.

In one hour you and your friend can learn how to use the ropes and boulder wall independently. The taster session covers tuition from an experienced instructor, equipment hire, entry to the centre for the day.  At the end of the taster session, you will be signed off as competent to climb independently by your instructor. You can buy gift cards  for Awesome Walls and book sessions online.

3. Gift voucher for Great Outdoors.

There’s no need to worry about shoe sizes and inseam measurements with a Gift Voucher and it gives the hiker, surfer, climber, skier in your life the freedom to choose exactly what they’d like and need. These gift vouchers can be used in-store, online and over the phone. Fuss free!

4. Subscription to Outsider Magazine.

An alternative gift could be a subscription to Outsider- Ireland’s adventure magazine. The magazine is packed with travel tips, Irish outdoor and adventure news, interviews with top athletes and healthy recipes. 1 year subscription for €20 or 2 year for €35.

5. Sign up for a race.

What do you get the person who has everything? You sign them up for a race. This great incentive for any New Year’s Resolutions and if you sign yourself up with them, you can motivate each other and spend quality time together while training- you can’t put a price on that. The options are endless Quest Adventures in Glendalough, Killarney, Achill and more, the Connemara Triathlon, Bouldering competitions…

6. Zipit Forest Adventures. Dublin, Cork, Roscommon.

Fly through the forest on zip line like Tarzan. This is a fun activity, ideal for families and groups. Prices range from €15-29. To book a session or buy a gift voucher visit their website.

7. Delphi Resort, Galway.

Delphi Resort have a whole host of activities and even a Spa. One great option is kayaking in Killary fjord in the heart of beautiful Connemara for about €50 per person. Visit their website and learn more about their land, water and family adventure activities.

8. Wake Boarding, Dublin.

For wake board beginners, Wake Dock is a fun option. You can book them a session or get a gift voucher with 30 minutes One on One tuition and kit hire, €60 Adults and €45 for under 18 year olds.

9.  Ski Club of Ireland, Kilternan, Co. Dublin.

How about a spot of skiing, snowboarding or tubing? You can book an adult 1 hour skiing lesson for €50. You can buy gift vouchers over the phone +353 (0)1 2955658 or find more information on their website.

There you have it, climbing, surfing, wake boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, skiing. Just remember to send them back to Great Outdoors for kit once they get hooked. If none of these take your fancy, you can always get them socks!

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