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Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in Ireland

What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Ireland with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery Ireland has to offer

With over 44 different way-marked trails passing ancient dwellings, majestic waterfalls, enchanting forests, rolling hills and through six National Parks, walkers are spoilt for choice.

The Wicklow Way was the first of the trails to be formally established in the year of 1980. It stretches 81 miles from the Dublin suburb, Rathfarnan, to the village of Clonegal in County Carlow, passing through the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glenmalure. Walkers with less time can follow sections of the trail on numerous shorter routes that still provide fantastic views of the Irish landscape. Whether you are an experienced hiker looking for a challenge or a beginner looking for a leisurely stroll, there are walks in Ireland to suit every capability.

If you are looking for coastal walks in Ireland, follow the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the world’s longest coastal trails at 1,600 miles, and explore 9 of Ireland’s counties as you go. This lengthy path begins in the rocky and unforgiving headlands at Malin Head, Co. Donegal and ends at the sheltered Kinsale Harbour in County Cork, and can be separated into 14 stages.

Bringing a four-legged friend? There are plenty of dog walks in Ireland that the whole family will love. Take the short walk up Montpelier Hill to the remains of an 18th century hunting lodge for commanding views of Greater Dublin and the Bay, or visit the sheltered sandy stretches of dog-friendly Brittas Beach.

  • Carrauntoohil Mountain

    Found in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range in County Kerry, Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland, and a very challenging one to ascend. There are three popular routes to take to the summit, all of which take in the beautiful landscape on the way.

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  • Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

    Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

    4.5 hours


    The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk invites you to tread the edge of the extraordinary, to be humbled by the sheer scale of nature’s architecture. This experience isn’t just a walk; it’s a lyrical journey through time, an ode to the sublime forces that have shaped the Irish coast.

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  • Connemara and Diamond Hill Loop, Feature

    Connemara Walk: Upper Diamond Hill

    2h 46m

    4.7 miles


    The Connemara Walk: Upper Diamond Hill is a delightful, circular trail within the national park. Come here to see the beautiful hill up close as well as panoramic vistas of rural Ireland.

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  • Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

    Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

    4 hours



    Whether you’re a pilgrim seeking a connection to history, a hiker yearning for a challenging ascent, or an adventurer eager to paraglide over majestic landscapes, this iconic mountain offers an experience that’s as profound as it is exhilarating.

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  • Dingle Way, County Kerry

    Dingle Way, County Kerry

    8-9 days

    111 Miles


    From breath-taking coastal vistas to historic landmarks and charming villages, every step along this trail is an opportunity to create lasting memories and forge a deeper connection with this remarkable corner of the world

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  • Glendalough Walk, feature

    Glendalough Walk

    1h 17m

    2.8 miles


    The Glendalough path is flat and appropriate for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This walking route offers ample picturesque spots and sunset views. Enjoy County Wicklow’s lovely space.

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  • Grand Canal Way

    Grand Canal Way

    5 days

    117 km

    The Grand Canal Way isn’t just a walk; it’s an exploration of Ireland’s heart and soul. As you traverse this historic trail, you’ll be enchanted by the water’s gentle flow, the tales of bygone trade, and the ever-changing landscapes that unfold before you.

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  • Mackoght Trail

    The Mackoght Trail is a circular route that is just under 4 miles in length. The moderate route reaches the summit of the iconic peak of Errigal Mountain, providing walkers with fantastic views of the surrounding areas.

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  • Montpelier Hill

    A perfect walk to take the dog along, Montpellier Hill is a moderate 2.5-mile walk just outside of Dublin, near Marlay Park. The trail leads to the ruins of the Hellfire Club at the summit and through woodlands, offering walkers a beautiful view over the city.

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  • Mt Errigal

    Mount Errigal




    Hiking up Mount Errigal is an experience that combines physical challenge with awe-inspiring natural beauty. The circular route allows you to appreciate the mountain from different angles while savoring the unique allure of County Donegal.

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