We begin with an obvious one: paddle power. Keep things simple by getting help from specialists in canoeing adventures, there are plenty around the region. Top of the paddling pile is the 80km canoe trail stretching all the way from Shannon bridge in County Offaly to the twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina on the Clare-Tipperary border. Think rich selections of birds and wildlife and stretches of perfect quiet. If time is on your side, stop off for a pub lunch along the way.