Walking Guide

Walks in Ireland

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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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  • 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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  • County Wicklow

    The Wicklow Way

    This 81-mile trail was the first of Ireland’s Waymarked Ways to be formally established in 1980. Stretching from the suburbs of Dublin to Clonegal in County Carlow, this route passes through the majestic Wicklow Mountains National Park and past Glenmalure, providing walkers with fantastic views of the Irish landscape.

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  • The Wild Atlantic Way

    At 1,600 miles, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the world’s largest coastal paths, beginning at Malin Head in County Donegal and heading West to Kinsale Harbour in County Cork. It can be separated into 14 manageable sections that each highlight the beauty of this dramatic and unforgiving coastline.

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