Outdoor Education Ireland

outdoor education ireland

Outdoor Education Ireland is the organisation which oversees the National Network of Education & Training Board outdoor centres in Ireland.


Supported by the Department of Education and Science through local Education and Training Boards, Outdoor Education Ireland provide an outdoor education service to schools, colleges & youth services in addition to a range of adventure sports and related courses for individual adults and youths.

Education courses encompass both Adventure and Environmental Education and are designed to ensure memorable day out learning experiences in a enjoyable environment. An excellent range of adventurous activities are ideal for group days out and provide an exciting forum to help groups learn & achieve together at a challenging level suited to their needs.

Each Outdoor Education Centre provides its own unique programmes with courses taking place in, on and around the wild and rugged landscapes and the superb marine environment that is Ireland.

Outdoor Education Ireland have been delivering exciting adventure and education programmes for many years and are a trusted source of education coures for irish schools and colleges.

Here’s some great benefits of Outdoor Education Ireland courses…

  • Programmes are designed to meet the needs of groups
  • Enthusiastic delivery focusing on positive personal development and enhancement of life skills
  • Enjoyable and memorable experiences to last a lifetime
  • Highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Excellent safety record and highest operational standards

There are many centres throughout Ireland, all offer adventure activities and some provide specialised coures like Rock Climbing and Sailing based on proximity to their local natural resources

bsltinglass outdoor education centre WICKLOW
Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre
Weaver Square,
Co. Wicklow
Tel: 059 6481002/6481747
Fax: 059 6482128
Email: info[@]baltinglassoec.com
Web: www.baltinglassoec.com

Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre is located in West Wicklow only 36 miles from Dublin City Centre.

Catering for a wide variety of Outdoor Education Programmes:

  • Post Primary and Primary School Outdoor Education Curriculam
  • Youth Reach programmes
  • School Completion Programmes
  • Youth Service Outdoor Education Modules
  • Primary School Tours
  • Programmes vary from one-day multi activity courses to five day residential stays. Programmes can be tailored to suit specific needs.

Groups days out include:

  • Archery
  • Camp Craft
  • Canoeing
  • High Ropes
  • Hill Walking
  • Initiative Exercises
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Team Building


Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre WEXFORD
Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre
New Ross,
Co. Wexford
Tel: 051 389550
Fax: 051 389552
Email: info[@]shielbaggan.com
Web: www.shielbagganoec.com

Shielbaggan Outdoor Education has been providing outdoor education for over 25 years and is situated at the base of the Hook peninsula

Group days out include:

  • Abseiling & Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Coasteering
  • Environmental Education
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Surfing
  • Team Challenges
  • Walking


kinsale outdoor education centre CORK
Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre
St John’s Hill,
Co. Cork
021 477 2896
Fax: 021 477 3088
Web: www.kinsaleoutdoors.com

Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre provides the perfect operating location for water, rock, surf & river adventures.

Group days out include:

  • Abseil & Rock Climbing
  • Archery
  • Body Boarding
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Multi Activity
  • Orienteering
  • Sailing
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Team Challenge

Certified Courses include:

  • 1st Aid
  • Day Skipper
  • Instructor Courses
  • Kayaking
  • Powerboat
  • Sailing
  • VHF
  • Yachtmaster

School Programmes include:

  • Gaisce
  • JCSP
  • Leaving Cert Applied
  • School Completion Prog
  • School Tours Primary & Post Primary
  • Transition Year Prog
  • Youth Reach


Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre CORK
Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre
(Schull Sailing)
Colla Road,
Co. Cork
028 28515
Email: info[@]schullsailing.ie
Web: www.schullsailing.ie

Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre is located on the Mizen Peninsula in Schull Harbour in the South West of Ireland.

Courses & Activities:

  • Fun Sailing Trips
  • Kayaking & Windsurfing
  • Keelboat Courses
  • Professional Development
  • Post Leaving Certificate Courses
  • Powerboat Instruction
  • Sailing Courses
  • Schools/Transition Year


Cappanalea OEC KERRY
Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre
Oulagh West,
Caragh Lake,
Co. Kerry
Tel: +353 669769244
Fax: +353 669769266
Email: info[@]cappanalea.ie
Web: www.cappanalea.ie

Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre offers a variety of Outdoor Education courses focusing on aspects of personal development by introducing students to outdoor and wilderness experiences and facilitating their involvement in adventurous activities.

Field studies to the more physical demanding outdoor sports:

  • Canoeing
  • Hillwalking
  • Leadership Training
  • Orienteering
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Team Building
  • Windsurfing
Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre LIMERICK
Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre
Co. Limerick
063 91161/91059
Fax: 063 91201
Web: www.kilfinaneoec.com

Kilfinane Outdoor Education Centre offers quality Outdoor Education Courses for Schools, Youth & Adult Groups and a range of Adventure Sports courses open to Individual Adults and Children

Increase your awareness and understanding of the natural environment:

  • Abseiling & Rock Climbing
  • Campcraft
  • Canoeing
  • Hillwalking
  • Indoor Rockwall
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Orienteering
  • Riverwalk
  • Team challenges
birr outdoor education centre OFFALY
Birr Outdoor Education Centre
Roscrea Road,
Co. Offaly
057 9120029
Fax: 057 9121090
Web: www.birroec.ie

Birr Outdoor Education Centre is located in the midland heritage town of Birr in Co. Offaly.

Offers energetic activities & adventure sports including:

  • Abseiling
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Gorge Walking
  • Hillwalking
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Obstacle Course
  • Orienteering
  • Raft Building
  • Ropes Course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Team Building Games
Burren Outdoor Education Centre CLARE
Burren Outdoor Education Centre
Bell Harbour,
Co. Clare
065 7078066
Fax: 065 7078195
Web: www.burrenoec.com

Burren Outdoor Education Centre provides quality Outdoor Education programmes to people of all ages, especially those involved in various education schemes

Burren OEC programmes include :

  • Burren Challenge programmes for Transition Year
  • Field Study programmes for Leaving and Junior Cert. geography and ecology
  • Outdoor Education programmes for Leaving Cert. Applied
  • Adventure programmes for youth groups
  • Team Building

Activities include:

  • Body Boarding
  • Caving
  • Hill walking
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Team Challenges
galway outdoor education centre GALWAY
Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre
Co. Galway
094 9546483
Fax: 094 9546705
Web: www.petersburg.ie

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre is located on the southern shore of Lough Mask in Clonbur Co. Galway and surrounded by mountains and forests which makes it an ideal location for adventure sports and outdoor activities.

Group days out include:

  • Abseil
  • Canoe
  • Cave
  • Gorge Walk
  • Hillwalks
  • Kayak
  • Orienteer
  • Rock climb
  • Sailing
  • Windsurf
achill outdoor education centre MAYO
Achill Outdoor Education Centre
Achill island,
Co. Mayo
098 47253
Fax: 098 47304
Web: www.achilloutdoor.com

Achill Outdoor Education Centre is located on Ireland’s largest off shore Island connected to the main land by a bridge. It is surrounded by breath taking scenery and is within range of five blue flag beaches and four 600 metre mountains

Facilities include:

  • Dining room & common room with open fire
  • Lecture room
  • Accommodation for 55 in dormitory style 2 and 4 bedded rooms
  • Drying room for clothing shoes etc.
  • Large Indoor facility for Indoor games etc.

Programmes include:

  • Multi – activity
  • Geography/ecological studies
  • Cultural/ foreign language school
  • Education partnerships and exchanges
  • President’s award- bronze and silver
  • Leadership awards in adventure sports
  • Summer camps 7- 12 year olds
  • Teenage camps 12 to 18 year olds
  • First Aid Wilderness
  • Personal development via the outdoors

 Activities Include:

  • Surfing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Windsurfing
  • First Aid Wilderness
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Dinghy sailing
  • Power boating
  • Traditional sailing
  • Team building
  • Hill walking
gartan outdoor education centre DONEGAL
Gartan Outdoor Education Centre
Church Hill,
Co Donegal
074 9137032
Fax: 074 9137254
Web: www.gartan.com

Gartan Outdoor Education Centre is superbly located on the shore of Gartan Lough and only 10 miles from Letterkenny. Set on its own 87 acre Estate with beautiful views across the lake to the Derryveagh Mountains and Glenveagh.

Courses include:

  • Adventure Education
  • Environmental and Earth Education including Leaving and Junior Certificate syllabus programmes
  • Personal development through adventure education, expedition work and life coaching technique
  • Skills development and leadership award courses to relevant National Governing Body award syllabus
  • Gáisce award training and expeditions
  • Team building and Management Development
  • Donegal Walking Week and similar special events including FitWalk clinics.
monaghan outdoor education centre MONAGHAN
Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre
Via Cootehill PO,
Co. Monaghan
049 5552988
Fax: 049 5556004
Web: www.tanaghoutdooreducation.com

Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre lies in a beautiful region of gentle rolling hills, lakes, meandering rivers through enchanting forests and ever changing vistas.

Activities include:

  • Archery
  • Banana Boating
  • Brown Bog Team Tasks
  • Electronic Orienteering
  • Field Studies
  • Guided Walking/Heritage/Wildlife Trails
  • Hill Walking
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Kayaking
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mudslide
  • Night Hikes
  • Open Canoeing
  • Raft Building

Our range of activities are used to create a diverse range of day & residential outdoor pursuit programmes including:

  • National School Tours
  • Transition Year Programmes
  • Field studies in geography and ecology to meet curriculum requirements
  • Adventure Summer Camps
  • Family & Friends Adventure Days
  • Corporate Team Building
  • GAISCE Training & Expeditions
  • First Aid Courses
  • Skills based courses and “Learn to” packages
  • Eco Canoe Trail
  • Leave No Trace Workshops


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