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    Best Hikes in Ireland

    Author: Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    Our Local's Guide

    Nestled amidst the misty emerald landscapes and salt-sprayed rugged coastlines of the Emerald Isle lies an adventurer’s paradise waiting to be explored on foot. Ireland’s diverse terrain offers a plethora of breathtaking hiking trails, each promising a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure. From windswept cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to serene paths winding through ancient forests, Ireland’s best hikes offer something for every level of explorer.

    Embark on a journey through verdant valleys, majestic mountains, and charming countryside as we uncover some of Ireland’s most captivating hiking paths, long distance trails, and wild regions. Whether you’re seeking a challenging ascent or a leisurely stroll to soak in the tranquil beauty of the countryside, Ireland’s trails promise awe-inspiring vistas and unforgettable experiences. Join us as we lace up our boots and set forth to discover the best hikes Ireland has to offer in our guide to Ireland’s top hiking trails.

    Best Hikes in Ireland by Region

    We make it easy for you to choose where to hike. See below for local recommendations of the best hikes in Ireland. Each of our hikes is categorised into one of Ireland’s four historical regions:

    Causeway Coastal Way - Northern Ireland

    Giant's Causeway hiking

    Overlooking the Causeway Coast.

    Distance: 33 miles/52 km
    Duration: 4 days
    Start Point: Portstewart,  or Ballycastle if you do it backwards
    End point: Mystical landscapes that inspire fantasy stories and TV series like Game of Thrones

    From the world-renowned Giant’s Causeway to the clifftop Dunluce Castle, Ballintoy Harbour – better known as Lordsport on the Iron Isles from HBO’s Game of Thrones – to the Old Bushmills Distillery, the Causeway Coastal Route follows the rugged coastline of Northern Ireland.

    Full of cultural, historical, natural, and even imaginary wonders, it is one of the best hikes in Ireland. Visit the imagined seven kingdoms of Westeros (or at least find their filming locations) and hike through the mystical rolling countryside that inspired C.S. Lewis to create the Chronicles of Narnia. Be sure to keep an eye out for magical creatures.

    Food & drink tips: Nearby, head to the beachside Harry’s Shack for a straightforward menu of simple pleasures along a stretch of sand on the Derry coast. When passing Bushmills, visit the lovely Tartine at Distillers Arms, a charming melange of French and Irish cuisine. 

    Get more details on the route here.

    Explore sections of the Causeway Coastal Way and other best hikes in Ireland on our exciting Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal Hiking Trip.

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    Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains

    View of a winding river, hill and forest from the flagstaff viewpoint in the Mourne Mountains

    View from Flagstaff Viewpoint in the Mourne Mountains.

    Distance: 5.5 miles/ 9 km
    Duration: 5 hours
    Start Point: Car park in Donard Park
    Best For: Explore remote mountain summits, bogs, and the Mourne Wall

    As the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains, from the summit of Slieve Donard, you can see the huge swathes of Ulster, from Donegal down towards Wicklow – and even over to Scotland on a clear day.

    Winding through the hauntingly beautiful Mourne Mountains, find the 35 km-long Mourne Wall, an enormous undertaking built to fence off the Silent Valley Reservoir, today doing little more than enclosing remote summits and vast valleys. As you hike up the rough slopes of Slieve Donard, feel the enduring presence of Mother Nature in every step you take.

    Food & drink tips: For simple, local cuisine, try the Maghera Inn, set amongst the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. Or if you want something more urban, head back to Newcastle to the chic menu of the Vanilla Restaurant. Craving simplicity? Check out Great Jones Craft & Kitchen for no-nonsense dishes.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike the Mourne Mountains while driving through Northern Ireland on a self-drive adventure. Or, join a private departure led by your own guide for a hiking tour through the Mourne Mountains, Glens of Antrim, and beyond. 

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    The Pilgrim's Path at Slieve League

    Slieve League from Bunglas Viewpoint.

    Distance: 2 miles/3.2 km out and back
    Duration: 2-3 hours
    Start Point: Car park above Teelin village
    Best For: Cliffs, remote hiking spots, amazing sea views, hiking Nat Geo’s “coolest place on Earth.”

    At 609 m (1,998 feet), the Slieve League cliffs in Co. Donegal are three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher – though they are still far off the beaten path. Take the ancient Pilgrim’s Path up the mountain to the old oratory ruins.

    If the weather is good, walk along the Old Man’s Track, a narrow path that overlooks the steep cliffs. Enjoy an expansive view of the thundering Atlantic from the cliff’s edge. Discover old ruins, rocky inlets and secretive strands tucked along the route as you walk along these impressive cliffs – certainly one of the best hikes in Ireland! Then, drive around to the Bunglass Viewpoint for the classic panorama of the impressive cliffs.

    Food & drink tips: Head back to Donegal town to the hip and contemporary Quay West, an award-winning restaurant with stunning views of Donegal Bay for dinner, creative cocktails and local craft beers. Donegal Castle is worth checking out to learn about the history of the region.

    Get more details on the route here.

    To hike these incredible cliffs yourself, join our Causeway Coastal Route and Donegal Hiking trip, where you’ll get the chance to stand upon the wind-blasted summit of the Slieve League cliffs, among other adventures. 

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    Mt Errigal in Glenveagh National Park

    Mt Errigal Glenveah - 20 best hikes in Ireland

    The wild beauty of Mt Errigal in Co. Donegal.

    Distance: 3.4 miles/5.5 km
    Duration: 3 hours
    Start Point: Along route R251, 1 mile from Dunlewy village
    Best For:

    At 751 metres, Mt Errigal is the highest mountain in County Donegal, repeatedly voted by National Geographic Traveller as the coolest place on Earth. Mt Errigal and the surrounding Derryveagh Mountains dominate Donegal’s landscape. Part of the desolate but beautiful Glenveagh National Park, Mt Errigal, offers stunning views over the barren landscape of northern Donegal. Hike Ireland’s rugged bogland in this often-forgotten corner of Ireland. From Errigal, visit the vast moors, romantic castle, and quiet lake shores of Glenveagh National Park.

    Keep an eye out for the golden eagles re-introduced to Glenveagh, as well as the park’s resident deer population. There are plenty of birds for budding orthographers and the wild, eerie beauty of Donegal is ideal for photography enthusiasts.

    Food & drink tip: Have a steaming cup of tea with local treats and pastries in the beautiful Glenveagh Castle Tea Rooms before strolling through the lovely castle gardens and along Lough Veagh.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike in Glenveagh National Park on our Causeway Coastal Route and Donegal Hiking Trip to explore the rugged landscapes of Donegal.

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    Croagh Patrick

    Croagh Patrick hiking

    View From Croagh Patrick.

    Distance: 4.5 miles/ 7 km
    Duration: 5 hours
    Start Point: 5 miles from Westport on route R335
    Best For: Climb Ireland’s holy mountain, walk in the footsteps of St Patrick, enjoy amazing views of Clew Bay

    Known locally as ‘The Reek,’ Croagh Patrick has been a pilgrimage route since ancient times. This impressive mountain overlooks the town of Westport, Clew Bay and the hundreds of islands populating the bay. It is famous for its saintly connection – St Patrick is said to have fasted on the summit for 40 days, and there is a shrine dedicated to him at the summit. Considered Ireland’s Holy Mountain, thousands of pilgrims still climb it on the last Sunday in July – some of whom even choose to walk up the mountain barefoot.

    Please keep in mind that the Pilgrim’s Path on Croagh Patrick is highly eroded, not only posing a danger to you but also to the mountain, its ecosystem and the future of the path. Instead, best to use one of the other paths up the mountain, perhaps the west path to the ridge. 

    Food & Drink Tip: Relax at the Tavern Bar & Restaurant at the foot of the holy mountain after taking in one of the best hikes in Ireland. Full of pilgrims set to climb Croagh Patrick, the menu is as varied as it is delicious – the local speciality is seafood from Clew Bay. 

    Hike Ireland’s holy mountain on our Hiking the Mountains of Connemara & Mayo.

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    Achill Head

    Hiking on Achill Island.

    Distance: 5 miles/9 km
    Duration: 7 hours
    Start Point: Car park of Keem Strand
    Best For: Stand at the edge of the Atlantic atop one of Ireland’s highest sea cliffs, forgotten agricultural heritage (for the Slievemore hike).

    A hike around Achill Head on the western tip of Achill Island takes you along some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs, but this strenuous walk is not for the faint-hearted and should be approached with caution. While hiking along the highest sea cliffs in Ireland at 688m or 2,257 ft, you’ll explore old signal towers, follow steep headlands, and keep an eye out for peregrine falcons. Walk along headlands doused in other-worldly mist, drinking in stunning views with a distant sense of being on the edge of the world.

    For an easier and culturally rich hike, you could instead follow the old road from Keel to Slievemore deserted village. This eerie setting holds the remains of more than 80 stone cottages, once used for a forgotten agricultural practice called boolaying. This meant driving the cattle into the hills for summer grazing. Today, the roofless, empty cottages remind us of a long-ago era.

    Food and drink tips: Dine at the lovely, award-winning restaurant, The Bervie, while overlooking the Minaun cliffs. Traditional cooking with a creative twist, meals use local and organic ingredients. The Bervie is also a great place to stay on Achill Island. There are a few pubs on the island to warm up after a day on the hills. 

    Get more details on the route here. (Or the shorter version to Slievemore village here).

    Join our self drive trip on the west coast along Ireland’s Surf Coast to Westport, and cycle the Greenway to Achill Island. Why not include an extra day to hike the island, too? As a self drive trip, enjoy the flexibility to travel at your own pace, and modify the trip to make it your dream Irish vacation. 

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    Carrowtiege – The Children of Lir Loop

    Green cliffs sloping into azure seas

    Carrowteige, Co. Mayo

    Distance: 6.2 miles/10 km
    Duration: 2-3 hours
    Start Point: Car park in Carrowtiege village
    Best For: Explore one of Ireland’s wildest regions, learn about a fascinating story from Irish folklore

    Head deep into the wilds of the west coast to hike through the vast and desolate wilderness of North Mayo – the perfect place to learn about Ireland’s rich tales and folklore of old while following one of the best hikes in Ireland. One such Irish legend is that of the Children of Lir: the four children of the sea god Lir, who were turned into swans for 900 years by their jealous stepmother.

    The hike at Carrowtiege features in the legend – the Children were exiled in the form of swans for 300 years on the Sea of Moyle here at Carrowtiege. This accessible and gorgeous hiking loop offers incredible coastal views of sea stacks and cliffs, islands and sheep-shorn slopes, giving you a sense of the mighty Atlantic. Keep an eye out for the Children of Lir sculpture that represents those who have emigrated from northern Mayo to wander distant shores, much like the legendary children of the story. Read more about the story of the Children of Lir in our folklore series.

    Food and drink tips: As this part of Mayo has some of Ireland’s wildest regions, the closest food option is Stella Maris in Ballycastle, one of the most popular restaurants on the west coast and the very picture of serenity.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike the Carrowtiege loop and more stunning spots in rural Mayo on our self drive trip on the west coast along Ireland’s Surf Coast to Westport. As a self drive trip, enjoy the flexibility to travel at your own pace and make the trip your own.

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    Mám Éan

    Mam Ean hiking Connemara

    Mam Ean pilgrimage route in Connemara.

    Distance: 10 miles/16.5 km
    Duration: 5 hours
    Start Point: Keene’s Pub in Maam to Lough Inagh
    Best For: Follow in St Patrick’s footsteps, hiking an Irish camino

    Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims of the past as Mám Éan, or ‘the Pass of the Birds’, is an ancient pilgrim’s path through the mountains. Part of the Western Way, Mám Éan is a sacred spot revered by locals for its associations with the legends of St Patrick as well as the pre-Christain Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa. There’s a shrine to Ireland’s patron saint, and along the way, the stations of the cross dot the climb.

    For those interested in Irish pilgrimage routes, read our guide here.

    Food and drink tip: The simple country elegance and seasonal menu of Lough Inagh Lodge offers some of the best cuisine in Connemara – a great post-hike eatery.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Though no longer on our group hiking trip in Connemara and Mayo, you’ll hike some of the best hikes in Ireland on this rugged west coast hiking trip through the region’s wild mountains, hills, and coasts. 

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    The Bangor Trail

    Hikers on path through rugged terrain

    Rural Mayo

    Distance: 18 miles/29 km
    Duration: 10+ hours
    Start Point: Newport or Brogan Carroll bothy at Letterkeen
    Best For: Hike through Ireland’s loneliest and only roadless hills

    Mayo boasts, without argument, some of Ireland’s wildest and remotest spots. There is perhaps no place wilder or more remote than this challenging 29 km stretch across the rugged Erris Peninsula through the Nephin Beg mountain range. In fact, the Nephin Beg is the only big range of hills that have remained roadless. It was originally used to drive cattle from Mayo’s desolate northern coast to the market at Newport.

    The Bangor Trail, argued by some to be the loneliest place in Ireland, is an opportunity to escape from civilisation, de-connect from technology and take a break from everything in the backcountry of Ireland.

    This is possibly the wildest and most remote part of Ireland, so options for food and be quite far away – be sure to bring a lovely picnic to eat in the wilderness. In the evening, drive down the coast to Westport to treat yourself at the fabulous La Fougère in Knockranny House Hotel. In the sophisticated dining hall, enjoy fine, modern cuisine locally cultivated and with perfectly paired wine as the sun sets.

    Get more details on the route here.

    While not currently on any of our scheduled trips, request a tailor made trip to hike one of the best hikes in Ireland, the Bangor Trail.

    Inishbofin Loop

    Crumbling castle walls on a rocky headland on the sea

    Cromwell’s Barracks on Inishbofin

    Distance: Respectively: 8 km or 5 km (5 mi or 3 mi), depending on the selected loop
    Duration: 2-3 hours
    Start Point: Inishbofin Pier
    Best For: Explore Cromwell’s barracks and other historic ruins, and watch for seals

    Off the coast of northern Co. Galway in the Connemara region, the tiny island of Inishbofin is full of hidden coves, rocky headlands, white sand beaches, and crumbling ruins. Its strategic position makes Inishbofin historically significant, from Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, who once ruled Galway Bay, to marauding Oliver Cromwell.

    There are a few looped walks on the island, short enough that they can be combined: the Westquarter loop for seal and dolphin-spotting as well as time exploring promontory Iron Age forts; the Cloonamore Loop along the green road to an ancient 14th-century church; or the Middlequarter Loop, offering panoramic ocean views and Iron and Bronze Age sites. Afterwards, indulge your inner creative spirit in a pottery class at Inishbofin Pier. 

    Food and drink tips: Enjoy a seafront breeze, an open fire, sustainably caught seafood, and a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits at the Days Bar on Inishbofin after a thrilling day exploring one of Ireland’s best hikes.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike Inishbofin’s island loop on our island hopping tour on the west coast. 

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    Yeats Country

    A golden field leads to the steep slopes and rugged cliffs of Ben Bulben with a blue sky overhead

    Ben Bulben

    Distance: 7 miles/11 km
    Duration: 3 hours
    Start Point: Luke’s Bridge near Mullaghnaneane
    Best For: Great views overlooking ‘Yeats Country’

    Towering over Sligo town, Ben Bulben and its sister peaks are visible from all over Sligo. This ‘table mountain’ rises deep within ‘Yeats Country’ – the landscape that greatly inspired the Irish poet W.B. Yeats. This challenging out-and-back walk takes hikers up the steep mountain slopes and around Ben Bulben’s headland. Hike extensions to neighbouring peaks such as Ben Wiskin and King’s Mountain, make a further challenge, though you’ll need a guide.

    These peaks are known for their natural and mythological richness. One legend tells of a magical ‘Fairy Door’ on Ben Bulbin, which brings good weather when opened, while another myth tells of the birth of Oisin, son of the giant Finn McCool and a druid-turned-deer, born and raised on the wild slopes of Ben Bulben.

    Food and drink tips: For breakfast or brunch, take a detour to the village of Strandhill for Shell’s Cafe, a local treasure, where you’ll find a creative blend of Irish cuisine with a modern twist. For dinner, head to Hargadon Bros in downtown Sligo – on the surface, a cosy Irish pub with live music – but underneath, a gastropub with some of the best fine dining Sligo has to offer. Both are part of the Sligo Food Trail, a group of top-notch eateries in Co Sligo. Have a pint of the local brews while you’re here – either Lough Gill Brewery or White Hag Brewery. 

    Get more details on the route here. For a more accessible and family-friendly option, visitors might choose to hike the Ben Bulben forest loop below the mountain – a 5 km alternative. 

    Hike through Yeat’s Country on our Self Drive – Ireland’s Surf Coast to Mayo, where you’ll hike around Sligo’s Ben Bulben, Knocknarea, and more in this lesser-visited region of Ireland.

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    Carrauntoohil Devils Punchbowl

    Carrauntoohil Mountain via the Devil’s Punchbowl.

    Distance: 8 miles/14 km
    Duration: 7 hours
    Start Point: Lisleibane or Cronin’s Yard
    Best For: Stand at the summit of Ireland’s tallest mountain

    The highest peak in Ireland, Carrauntouhil well deserves its place on this top 20 list. It’s a challenge of a hike, but well worth it, for not only are the views from the summit some of the best (and highest!) in Ireland, but the trail around the mountain itself will rival the Alps or the Pyrenees in beauty.

    Depending on the weather conditions, there are a few paths to the summit: Devil’s Ladder, O’Shea’s Gully, or the Caher Route. All are very challenging options and should only be attempted by experienced hikers travelling with a qualified mountain guide. 

    Food and drink tips: Food lovers won’t find better than in Kenmare, Ireland’s gastronomic capital. One option is the Lime Tree, a chic eatery housed in a historic building featuring farm-fresh meat and just-caught fish. For a different option, try the Horseshoe Restaurant & Pub for a delicious blend of tasty cuisine and comfortable refinement.

    Get more details on all of Carruntoohil’s routes here.

    Hike Carrauntouhil, the highest peak in Ireland, on our deluxe hiking tour of Kerry’s mountains, valleys and forests. 

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    Mount Brandon

    Rugged mountain terrain

    Mt Brandon on the Dingle Way

    Distance: 5.5 miles/9 km
    Duration: 5 hours
    Start Point: Car park at the Faha Grotto
    Best For: Panoramic Atlantic views associated with both Christian and Irish mythology

    Located at the heart of the Dingle Peninsula, Mt. Brandon is a sacred mountain that supposedly takes its name from St. Brendan the Navigator. St Brendan was thought to have spent 40 days on the mountain preparing for his voyage to America (or the ‘Promised Land’), which he supposedly saw from the summit during his climb. You won’t see America from this mountain’s summit, but you will get beautiful views over southwest Ireland. Mt Brandon is also steeped in Irish mythology, taking its name from the pagan deity Bran.

    Read more about the Dingle Peninsula in our guide to the region here.

    This route should not be attempted without a guide unless an experienced mountain hiker.

    Food and drink tip: After an exciting day on the Dingle Peninsula, head into Dingle town to the quirky restaurant, Out of the Blue, for delicious catch-of-the-day seafood dishes. Or for something different, head over to hardware shop-turned-bar Foxy John’s for a pint and trad music session.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike Mount Brandon and more on our Hiking the Ring of Kerry Mountains trip. Or, hike the saddle of Mt Brandon on our point-to-point hiking trip along the Dingle Way. 

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    Torc Mountain

    Torc Waterfall, Killarney - 20 best hikes in Ireland

    Distance: 4.5 miles/7.5 km
    Duration: 2-3 hours
    Start Point: Torc Waterfall car park
    Best For: Listen to the water cascading down Torc Waterfall, explore a national park

    Torc Mountain and Torc Waterfall comprise a lovely forest path within Killarney National Park, which offers stunning views that overlook the beloved Killarney Lakes, the Macgillycuddy Reeks, and Muckross House. Sweeping you past the ever-beautiful Torc Waterfall, you’ll continue on up the mountain through quiet, moss-covered forests and past rushing streams. Part of the Kerry Way, Torc Mountain path is dotted with Irish mythology.

    In Irish, torc means ‘boar.’ The mountain’s name, therefore, comes from a magical boar that Irish mythological giant Finn McCool killed – the very same giant who is credited with creating the Giant’s Causeway.

    Food and Drink tips: Eat at award-winning fine-dining Rozzers restaurant at Killeen House back in Killarney. Be sure to stroll around town to listen to traditional Irish music in the evenings.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Explore Torc Waterfall, Torc Mountain and Killarney National Park with us when hiking coast to coast on a deluxe hiking tour of Ireland. 

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    The Saint’s Road on the Dingle Peninsula

    Sheep on Dingle near Slea Head.

    Distance:11 miles/17.7 km
    Duration: 5-6 hours
    Start Point: Ceann Tra/VentryBeach
    Best For: Beach walking, Ireland’s most westerly point, ancient beehive huts along an ancient pilgrim’s trek

    Between sea and mountain, the Saint’s Road is an easy hiking route following an ancient pilgrim path (read about Irish caminos here). The Saint’s Road is littered with beehive huts – small rounded stone structures unique to Ireland and the ancient Celtic peoples who once lived here (other famous examples are found on Skellig Michael). The route takes you from the beach at Ceann Trá (also called Ventry Beach) through the remarkable Dingle Peninsula until it reaches the foot of the famous Mount Brandon (see above).

    Falling in love with the region? Read our guide to the Dingle Peninsula here.

    Food and Drinks Tip: Pop over to Dingle town for a bit of local Irish cuisine and culture. You might like a refreshing pint at Dick Mack’s, one of Dingle’s most establishments. Like Foxy John’s earlier on this list, Dick Mack’s is a hangover from another era. Here, you can find leather goods as well as freshly pulled pints.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike the Saint’s Road, Mt Brandon, and other culturally significant sites while hiking the Dingle Way. We have both guided and self guided options, depending on your preferences. 

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    Gap of Dunloe

    The Wishing Bridge at the Gap of Dunloe in Kerry.

    Distance: 6.5 miles/11 km
    Duration: 4 hours
    Start Point: Kate Kearney’s Cottage
    Best For: Making a wish at the famous Wishing Bridge while exploring Kerry’s famous and iconic valley

    Kerry’s Gap of Dunloe is world-famous for good reason. A narrow glacial mountain pass between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe sweeps you alongside five dazzling lakes, as well as the much-loved ‘Wishing Bridge’ (wishes made on the bridge are said to come true!). Popular with jaunting cars, the route then eventually descends into the Black Valley – one of the last places in Ireland to get electricity.

    Read our guide to Killarney National Park here.

    Food and Drink Tip: Head to Moriarty’s Heather for fresh, simple meals using ingredients from their own kitchen garden, local organic suppliers, and seafood from the wild Atlantic. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike the wilds of Killarney and Kerry on our deluxe hiking tour of the highlights of Ireland. 

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    Mullaghmore, The Burren 

    Hiking in the Burren

    Hiking in the Burren

    Distance: 4 miles/6.5 km
    Duration: 2-3 hours
    Start Point: Car park along R476 3/4 mile north of Kilnaboy
    Best For: Fabulous floral displays; clambering across the lunar-like Burren landscape

    Remote and alien, the landscape of the Burren is nearly indescribable. Exposed limestone covers the Burren National Park, creating the famous other-worldly landscape. Though always beautiful, the very best time to go is spring when the Burren erupts in a vibrant blanket of wildflowers. In fact, it is one of the most bio-diverse regions of Ireland, with flowers from the Arctic and flowers from the Mediterranean jostling for space next to one another.

    The Burren is also an area rich in archaeology – find tombs of the ancient Celtic peoples throughout the region. The Burren also has Global Geopark status. Read more about this region in our guide to the Burren National Park

    Food and Drink Tip: After experiencing one of the best hikes in Ireland, chow down on rich seafood chowder at Monk’s in Ballyvaughan. Enjoy refined bistro cooking, or ‘bistronomy,’ at the Wild Honey Inn then indulge your sweet tooth with the farm-to-fork Hazel Mountain Chocolates cafe.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Hike the Burren’s dramatic, lunar landscape on our trip in Kerry and Clare.

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    Doolin Cliff Walk to the Cliffs of Moher

    A female hiker poses with the awe inspiring Cliffs of Moher stretching off into the distance

    Hiking to the Cliffs of Moher.

    Distance: 4.5 miles/7 km; Longer option: 11 miles/18km
    Duration: 3-6 hours
    Start Point: Doolin village or Liscannor car park
    Best For: Walking along with most famous cliffs of Ireland without large crowds

    Whether you choose the shorter route finishing at the Cliffs of Moher or continue on along the longer route finishing in Liscannor, the Doolin-Liscannor Cliff Walk is a breathtaking hike along the sharp cliff’s edge. Hike along the narrow path while enjoying dramatic views of the swirling Atlantic Ocean far below your feet. One of the best hikes in Ireland, the Doolin to Liscannor Cliff Walk is the perfect way to access the famous Cliffs of Moher.

    By approaching on foot from the northern or southern end of the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll enjoy the famous view and still avoid most of the crowds. (Plus, there’s no charge to those who walk to the Cliffs of Moher!). There are shuttles or taxis for those who don’t wish to walk the return.

    Food and Drink Tips: Enjoy fresh fish n’ chips with locally sourced fish and hand-cut chips at The Ivy Cottage in Doolin, which overlooks one of the best hikes in Ireland.

    Get more details on the route here.

    Take the Doolin Cliff Walk to the Cliffs of Moher and more on a hiking and island hopping tour of Ireland’s west coast. 

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    Coumshinguan Loop Walk in the Comeragh Mountains

    Coumshingaun Lake

    Distance: 4.5 miles/7 km
    Duration: 4 hours
    Start Point: Kilclooney Bridge near Carrick-on-Suir
    Best For: Circle one of Ireland’s finest natural amphitheatres and corrie lakes

    Circling the steep walls of a natural amphitheatre, the Coumshinguan Trail takes in the panoramic views of the breathtaking Lough Coumshinguan, one of the finest examples of a ‘corrie lake’ in Europe. Carved out from a lingering glacial pocket, Lough Coumshinguan is fanned by high cliffs and the rolling Comeragh Mountains in every direction. Keep an eye out for birds, including White-tailed Eagles and red grouse.

    Food and Drink Tips: Stop in at The Coach House in Kilmacthomas for a steaming cup of coffee, light sandwiches, and mouth-watering treats.

    Get more details on the hike here.

    Explore Waterford at your own pace on this Ancient East self drive trip.


    The Tain Way on the Cooley Peninsula

    Cooley Peninsula King Johns Castle

    Distance:25 miles/40 km
    Duration: 3 days
    Start Point: three> options: Carlingford, Omeath on the shores of Carlingford Lough, and in Ravensdale at the Lumpers Pub
    Best For: Learning about the famous Irish saga, the ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley

    This 40km circular trail follows in the footsteps of the ancient Irish epic, the Tain Bo Cualinge, or the “Cattle Raid of Cooley,” through the mythical Cooley Mountains. Steeped in Irish mythology, walk through the landscapes that are alive with the legends of Irish heroes such as Queen Maeve, Cuchualain, Finn McCool and more along one of the best hikes in Ireland.

    Here, the landscapes have inspired enduring legends so much that they began to shape the lands as well as culture. The town of Carlingford is one of Ireland’s top coastal towns, and it also happens to be in the heart of leprechaun country.

    Food and drink tip: Award-winning PJ O’Hares in Carlingford is the best gastro pub in Co. Louth and has the added bonus of displaying leprechaun paraphernalia.

    Get more details on the hike here.

    While not currently on any of our scheduled trips, you can request a tailor-made trip to hike along the Tain Way.

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    Glendalough & Wicklow - St Kevin’s Way 

    Glendalough Valley hiking - 20 best hikes in Ireland

    Distance: 18 miles/30 km
    Duration: 1 day
    Start Point: Hollywood or Vallymount
    Best For: Walk through the ‘Garden of Ireland’ and a famous monastic site

    Based on an ancient pilgrimage route, St Kevin’s Way has been walked by pilgrims since medieval times. A hermit who lived deep in the silent mountains of Glendalough, St Kevin’s hermitage inspired the creation of a monastic city in the 11th and 12th centuries, once one of the greatest centres of learning in Ireland.

    Today, Glendalough is nestled deep in a glacial valley in the Wicklow Mountains, nicknamed the ‘Garden of Ireland,’ and a popular escape from the din of Dublin. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the lakes snuggled into the valley as you explore the ancient region.

    Food and drink tips: A stone’s throw from Glendalough, The Wicklow Heather provides hearty meals in a stately atmosphere. Looking for something different? Try the chic, modern restaurant Bryne & Woods, and enjoy upscale, local cuisine in comfort.

    Get more details on the hike here.

    Hike Glendalough and more of the best hikes in Ireland on our self guided hiking journey along the Wicklow Way.

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    Lugnaquilla - The Highest Mountain in Wicklow 

    Summiting Lugnaquilla.

    Summiting Lugnaquilla.

    Distance: 10 miles/16 km
    Duration: 7 hours
    Start Point: Fenton’s Pub in the Glen of Imaal or Baravore car park in Glenmalure
    Best For: Summit an ‘Irish Munro’

    The highest point in Wicklow, Lugnaquilla, nicknamed ‘Lug’, is sometimes called an ‘Irish Munro’ and is certainly one of the best hikes in Ireland. Partially wooded, partially heathland and partially bog, the changeable landscape of Lugnaquilla is as beautiful as it is desolate. Home to many species of birds, as well as deer, fox and hares, Lugnaquilla is not a hike for the faint-hearted as it is exposed to the elements. But the sweeping, expansive views from the summit on a clear day will take your breath away.

    Food and drink tip: Enjoy a cosy pub atmosphere by an open fire at the Glenmalure Inn while admiring the views of the beautiful glacial valley outdoors. Or, start your day of hiking off right with a hearty pre-adventure Irish breakfast.

    Get more details on the hike here.

    Hike Lugnaquilla and other iconic Irish peaks on our coast to coast tour of Ireland. With deluxe accommodations and some of the highest mountains in Ireland, this bucket-list trip proves that adventure and luxury go hand in hand. 

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    Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

    American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.

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