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Hiking Tours Ireland

Our hiking tours will take you off the beaten track to Ireland’s wild corners and secret, local spots. From the Wild Atlantic Way to the Causeway Coast and the Ancient East, hike in amazing places like Dingle, the Ring of Kerry, West Cork, Connemara, Donegal, Northern Ireland, Wicklow, and the islands of Ireland.

Browse our trips to find the perfect match!

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Expert Guides
Small Group Travel
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Your Next Hiking Trip to Ireland Awaits

Our hiking tours in Ireland will take you off the beaten path to explore remote and beautiful regions on the Emerald Isle. Discover Ireland’s wild side that few travellers get to experience.

On each of our Ireland hiking trips enjoy daily hikes led by our experienced guides through the beautiful landscapes of this incredible island. Hiking Ireland is a great way to experience the Emerald Isle’s rich cultural heritage, meet local characters, and experience Ireland’s famous hospitality. From April to September, we run weekly departure dates, from gentle to moderate and challenging grading. 

Our small group guided tours (max 8 people) ensure that you’ll enjoy the hidden gems of the Irish countryside with personalised attention and support from our knowledgeable guides, while staying in quaint, comfortable and charming accommodation.

Much like our sister company Wilderness Scotland across the Irish Sea, our goal is to share with you the best hiking in Ireland, while our grading system allows you to choose your trip that best matches your fitness level, trip ambitions and goals.

Quality Assured

At Wilderness Ireland, we want you to love every minute of your vacation! In order to ensure exceptional comfort and friendly service on our small group hiking trips, we handpick each accommodation you stay in. Most of our trips are Classic standard, meaning your accommodation is 3 to 4 star – usually family-run hotels, charming guesthouses, quaint BnBs or even the odd historical manor! We do offer a Deluxe standard, which includes 4 to 5 star accommodations. We do offer a Make it Private option on all of our group trips, with the option to upgrade hotels.

Our tours will include your guide, transport, transfers, ferries, as well as most meals and entrance fees or activities stated in the itinerary. Each day, you’ll partake in a guided hike through some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes and coastlines. No need to worry about your luggage – carry only a daypack with what you you need for the day.

Group tours are perfect for single and solo travellers as you get the chance to join like-minded people, as well as for couples, groups of friends or families. However, groups can also book choose our Make it Private option, meaning you can book a private version of our trips for only for your group of friends, family or colleagues.

Our Locations Read More

While you can visit any part of the Emerald Isle on a tailor made trip, if you choose to travel on one of our small group vacations, browse the tours in the following locations:

Trip Grading Explained Read More
Green Graded: Difficulty 1-3

Green graded hiking trips are suitable for active travellers who are reasonably fit and enjoy gentle to moderate hikes. We walk at a comfortable pace and you can expect to be out for 5-6 hours a day. The terrain will be mostly good paths and hill trails but these can still be muddy and rough in places. Some hikes may involve an ascent up to a max of approx 1,500 feet / 450m. Distances will be typically 8-10km (4-6 miles). Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

Blue Graded: Difficulty 4-6

Blue graded hiking trips are suitable for fit and experienced hikers. We walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 6-8 hours a day. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 3,000ft / 900m high. Daily distances will be typically up to 16km (10 miles) but may be longer occasionally. Daily hike details are available in the itinerary.

Red Graded: Difficulty 7-9

Red graded hiking trips are suitable for fit and experienced hikers used to challenging routes and rough terrain. The terrain will be varied but include rough hill tracks, boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops. There may be ridge walks or short non-technical scrambling so a good head for heights is useful. Daily distances will be 15 – 20km a day and often include an ascent of a major peak up to 3,000ft / 900m high. Daily hikes are available in the itinerary.

Our Hiking Trips

8 Hiking Trips with 100 Reviews

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  • Hike iconic Irish landscapes including UNESCO World Heritage Site the Giant's Causeway, Slieve League Cliffs & Glenveagh National Park
  • Walk Ireland's most northernly peninsula and Star Wars filming location, Malin Head, where mountains meet sea.
  • Hike through Donegal, voted National Geographic's Coolest Place on Earth in 2017
  • Island hopping to Rathlin Island, in search of myths and puffins
Next Available Trip:
9th May | 4th July
Region:
Northern Ireland – Giants Causeway & Belfast
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Green Grade 2
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  • Challenge yourself by summiting three of the west of Ireland's highest peaks
  • Join local guides who will help you to really get under the skin of this fascinating landscape
  • Follow in the steps of St Patrick as we follow ancient pilgrimage routes that date to pre-Christian times
  • Explore the wildest and most sparsely populated area of Ireland
Next Available Trip:
20th June | 11th July
Region:
West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Blue Grade 5
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  • Hike the best of the famous Wicklow Way in Ireland's Ancient East
  • Discover the magic of the ancient valley and monastic city of Glendalough
  • Visit Powerscourt Estate & Waterfall, rated among Top 10 Gardens of the World
  • One night's stay a deluxe eco-lodge & celebratory final night in Dublin
Next Available Trip:
27th June | 22nd August
Region:
East – Dublin & Wicklow
Duration:
7 night(s)
Difficulty:
Green Grade 3
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  • Guided gentle hikes & island hopping along the spectacular coastline and islands of southwest Ireland
  • Climb Skellig Michael, UNESCO World Heritage, and now a Star Wars filming location
  • Explore remote islands where the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) culture & tradition is still strong
Next Available Trip:
23rd May | 6th June
Region:
South West – Cork & Kerry
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Green Grade 2
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  • Hike the Dingle Way, Ireland's most scenic long distance hiking trail
  • Explore a corner of Ireland once called the 'most beautiful place on Earth' by National Geographic
  • Meet local characters, listen to live traditional music and taste the delicious local food of Dingle
Next Available Trip:
13th June | 25th July
Region:
South West – Cork & Kerry
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Blue Grade 4
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  • Summit the highest mountain in 3 of Ireland's provinces, including Ireland's highest mountain
  • Explore the wilds of 3 of Ireland's 6 national parks: Wicklow, Connemara & Killarney
  • Visit the ancient Glendalough monastery, Connemara Gaeltacht & Killarney town
Next Available Trip:
6th June | 15th August
Region:
Ireland
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Blue Grade 6
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  • Island hop to the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands & boat to Inisbofin Island's fort
  • Explore the island stronghold of Ireland's infamous Pirate Queen
  • Iconic sites visits - the Cliffs of Moher, Croagh Patrick - Ireland's Holy Mountain & Burren National Park
Next Available Trip:
25th April | 16th May
Region:
West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Green Grade 3
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  • Hike in Ireland's highest mountain range, summiting Ireland's highest peak, Carrantuohill
  • Traverse Kerry's two great mountainous regions on the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas
  • Explore the best of the Ring of Kerry while relaxing in Kerry's finest Deluxe accommodation
Next Available Trip:
23rd May | 4th July
Region:
South West – Cork & Kerry
Duration:
6 night(s)
Difficulty:
Blue Grade 6

Our vacations reviewed in your own words...

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made vacation with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your vacations truly memorable.

MB

Matthew Brennan

Hiking - The Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal

Age: 60 - 70
Country: United States
Trip Date: 31/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Wonderful trip with thoroughly professional guidance.

AG

Ann Marie Gervino

Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

Age: 50 - 60
Trip Date: 24/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

It was truly a wonderful experience. The trip had a great balance between hiking and time to enjoy the towns we were in. We were especially impressed by the thoughtfulness of the office staff that remembered to tell our guide that we wanted to work horseback riding into our trip. Also receiving a bottle of champagne for our anniversary was so thoughtful! I had told Patricia early on that the trip was to celebrate our 25 Wedding Anniversary--so thanks very much for remembering and for the gift which we enjoyed sharing with our fellow travelers.

CW

Catherine Wyatt

Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

Age: 60 - 70
Country: Canada
Trip Date: 08/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

Speak to an Expert

An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets – she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!

- Patricia Doe

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Our Partnerships

At Wilderness Ireland, we pride ourselves on maintaining fantastic relationships – sometimes even personal friendships! – with our trusted team of suppliers, be that accommodations, local guides, activity providers, restaurants, chauffeurs and more.

Our Team

Though still relatively small with 10 travel professionals in the office, we’ve grown a lot in the past couple of years since starting out in 2014! We work with some 20+ expert and passionate guides who are not only knowledgeable in Irish nature and history, but also care about perfecting every detail, meaning your travel experience in Ireland will be seamless.

Local Ireland Experts

More than just a job, the whole Wilderness Ireland team loves travel and the outdoors – from hiking to cycling, rock climbing, scuba diving or even just yoga on the beach, exploring Ireland top to bottom! We make it our goal to know as much about Ireland as possible, using our own experiences to recommend locations, secret spots, accommodations, activities and trails to you.

Popular Hiking Trips

Trip Next Departure Price Duration  
Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains 23/05/2020 €1,995 6 Nights Trip Details
Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo 20/06/2020 €1,710 6 Nights Trip Details
Hiking the Causeway Coastal Route & Donegal 09/05/2020 €1,710 6 Nights Trip Details

As Recommended By...

You'll be in good company on a Wilderness Ireland Trip. Some of the biggest and best known names in the business have recommended us

Los Angeles Times
National Geographic Adventure
Vogue
Men's Health
USA Today

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