Dazzled by Donegal: an activity break that’s big, bold and brilliant

The challenge: can north-west Ireland match Canada and New Zealand for an epic adventure? After surfing, riding and kayaking, our writer found the answer on a sea-stack climb

The conversation started at the indoor climbing wall – an attempt to list the world’s wildest and most adventurous destinations. New Zealand and British Columbia were contenders, as was Newcastle on a Friday night. Then Tim, who runs an ethical outdoor gear company called Gather Outdoors, suggested Ireland. I thought about that one. “Ireland can be wild,” I said, “but it’s not adventurous.”

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