Cycling -- To hire a mountain bike, go to Wicklow Adventures, Hidden Valley Holiday Park, in Rathdrum (; 086/727-2872). Rentals are €15 per day, including helmet, hi-vis jacket, and map. Cycling Safaris (; 01/260-0749) offers a weeklong tour of the area starting at €810 per person, including bed, breakfast, and 1 night’s dinner; they also offer 3- and 4-night tours.

Golf -- If you’re looking for cachet, head to the championship Druids Glen Golf Club, Newtonmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow (01/287–0812;, a beauty of a championship course that bears more than a fleeting resemblance to Augusta and has hosted the Irish open four times. It also has a partner course nearby, Druid’s Heath. The Arklow Golf Club, Arklow, Co. Wicklow (tel. 0402/32492;, a seaside par-68 course, is another course not too far off. 

Horseback Riding -- The hillside paths of Wicklow are perfect for horseback riding. More than a dozen stables and equestrian centers in the area offer horses for hire and riding lessons. Rates average around €30 to €50 per hour. Brennanstown Riding School, Hollybrook, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow (; 01/286-3778), offers beginner’s treks up the picturesque Little Sugar Loaf Mountain, which has views across Dublin Bay.

Watersports & Adventure Sports -- Deep in the Wicklow Mountains, the Blessington Lakes are a 2,000-hectare (4,940-acre) playground of tranquil, clean, speedboat-free water. At the Hidden Valley Holiday Park in Rathdrum, Wicklow Adventures (; 086/727-2872) offers a variety of high-octane outdoor activities, including kayaking and laser tag. They also provide cycle tours and bike hire.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.