The Best Day Hikes in Ireland

July 7, 2018

It’s green. It’s small. It’s not a Shamrock. It’s Ireland! It's the country that Liam and a gang of his Guinness fuelled friends embarked upon for his stag party but there's so much more to Ireland than the drunken debauchery of Dublin. It may be a small place compared to some of the countries in the world with beautiful trails, but when you’re looking for a walking holiday with fresh air, green (oh, so much green) fields and a rich terrain, Ireland is a walker’s paradise. Strapping on your boots and heading out for a walk is so much more fun when you’re heading to The Giant’s Causeway or Hare’s Gap (don’t worry, we’ll talk about these).

 

Ireland is known for its music, food and friendly people and if you want to trek largely untouched forest and wilderness, Ireland should be on your list of choices to visit. You’ll be keen to trek the mountains and look for things to do in Clare while you’re out there looking for driving tours. However, if you’re a fiend for a walking tour, you’re going to need to consult with some of the best walking experts so that you can figure out the best trails to take yourself on. Soak up the sights in Ireland and check out the walking trails below.

 

Causeway Coast

Northern Ireland rather than the south has the Causeway Coast in Co. Antrim. It’s 53KM long and is fairly difficult in terms of the walk. There are high cliffs and beautifully secluded beaches to explore, with other attractions such as Dunluce Castle along the way.

 

Hare’s Gap

Sitting in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, this 3.4km walk is rather strenuous even for the most experienced walker. Interestingly Hare’s Gap used to be used as an exit point for smuggled items but is now open to the public as a walking trail. The paths are open, rough and steep in their ascent up the side of the cliff. You’ll need good boots for this one!

 

Cronin’s Yard Loop

Back down south to County Kerry, this 8km moderate walking trail is the start for those who want to climb Carrauntoohil, the highest peak in Ireland. If you start this walk early in the morning, you’ll be treated to sunshine and silence; two things most walkers crave.

 

Glendalough Lake Walk

For those looking for something a little easier, this 5km walk in County Wicklow is a monastic site which tourists just love. If you want to see something ancient and dramatic, this is the walking trail for you. There is a ruined miner’s village to see, Scots pine woodland and there’s a cave called Kevin’s Bed that you can explore across the lake. If you’re an animal lover and you're patient, you might be lucky enough to spot the Peregrine Falcons that swoop regularly over the area.

 

Walk in the footsteps of giants, take in the green of the fields and don’t forget to pack food and snacks. Your walking choices will be forever imprinted in your memories and so it’s important to make them good ones. Fresh air and fitness are good for the soul and doing it all in musical Ireland before chilling out in a nearby pub at the end of the day makes for the perfect walking holiday.

 

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