You are never far from a great walk or hiking area in Ireland. Scenic landscape and good old fashion fresh air are the main selling points of walking in Ireland. With a good mixture of coastal, rural and woodland walks & hikes Ireland offers an adventure for walkers of all ages and abilities.
As with most activities in Ireland, it is always a good idea to keep one eye on the weather forecast. Warm, water-proof clothing can be essential — especially if you're planning a walk or hike during the winter months.
Use this page to locate the best walking and hiking activities for your group.
There are numerous, colour-coded, walking trails found within Wicklow National Park. Maps of all trails are available outside the National Park Information Office. The durations of these walkways vary from 30 minutes to 4 hours.
A spectacular cliff walk that's only a drive from Dublin City Centre, Howth Cliff Loop is the perfect escape from urban life. A an relatively flat terrain and a well marked pathway throughout allows easy access to family members of all ages.
Coumshingaun Loop Walk is located around the Coumshingaun Corrie Lake and Comeragh mountains in County Waterford. In total it takes 4 hours to complete and has, on average, moderate gradient. There are steeper mountain faces that are popular with climbing and even attract ice climbers in the winter.
Mahon Falls is a great, easy grade, walk that is very popular with families. The walk runs to the foot of the Mahon Falls waterfall, through the spectacular Comeragh Mountains.
Not only a great walk but also a way to take in some of Ireland's best scenery, along the Cliffs of Moher. This walk links the villages of Liscannor and Doolin in County Clare and also includes views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
There is some steeps ascents on this walk. For your own safety, staying on the official track is advisable.
The Burren National Park has 7 different routes, broken down by colour. Here we are looking at the White Route, one of the easier routes in the park and suitable for all ages and abilities. All of the walks in the Burren National Park are free but, as places are limited, booking is required.
Starting at the visitor centre of Connemara National Park to the nature trail at Sruffaunboy and then to Diamond Hill. the walk offers great view of the islands of Inishbofin and Inishturk. Kylemore Abbey is also visible from Kylemore Lough. The terrain is mainly wooden walkways and gravel paths but the grade can be quite challenging.
Covering 2,500ft and 4.3 miles (7km) Croagh Patrick Mountain Walk falls between moderate and strenuous and can take between 3 and 4 hours to complete. The mountain is Ireland's most popular climb with over 1 million people venturing towards the summit ever year. There is a pilgrimage on the mountain on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, to pay respects to Ireland's patron Saint, St. Patrick.
A leisurely trail spread around an ancient forest near Lough Key on the Corrigeenroe Marsh. The more adventurous can follow the path through the forest, others can just take the loop around, which takes 40 minutes in total.
Sharing a boarder with Tipperary, Limerick & Cork, Ballyhoura is an area of pristine scenery and tranquillity, making a it an ideal area for walking and hiking. The Canon Sheehan Loop is one such walkway and is named after the cleric Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan.
Weaving its way through the Nagles Mountains and alongside the Blackwater River, Killavullen Loop Walk creates a leafy, moderate grade, woodland path.
If you're looking for a break away from the busy and lively Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry, cut a track through the natural beauty of South West County Kerry towards Staigue. A great mixture of country roads, off road paths and riverside trails ending up at Staigue Fort.
For those looking for a strenuous full day hike the Carrauntoohil Mountain Walk is ideal. Measuring over 13 miles (21km) from Lough Acoose to the Gap of Dunloe, the walk spans across the highest mountain of Ireland and can take up to 12 hours to complete. Luckily, for the rest of us, the walk can also be taken in segments, must of which can be completed in an hour or two.
Travelling from Muckross House in Killarney, across the Dinis Road to Kenmare. Over a distance of 5.6km (3.4m), including woodland and tarred road terrain as well as a section running along the shores of Muckross Lake.
The Brandon Mountain Walk, found in the Dingle Peninsula, takes a total of 6 and a half hours to complete and spans across 6 peaks. Beginners and less advanced hikers can enjoy more suitable routes and pick and chose sections that fit their level of experience.
Found a short distance outside the village of Kinnity in County Offaly, the Glenafelly EcoWalk is a hillside walk made up of forest roads and hiking trails. The walk forms a loop that can be completed in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Comfortable trainers or light hiking boots are recommended.
Spread out over 16km (9.9m), the Walking Route of the Causeway Coast. It takes in, arguably, the best 2 tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge and Giants Causeway itself.
Parts of the walk include cliff top terrain and staying on the designated path is advisable our our own safety.
Walking to the summit of Slieve Donard Mountain takes, on average, 5 hours with a distance of just over 5.5 miles (9km). There is a well worn and clearly laid out path the entire way from foot to summit, making navigation and returning at any point extremely easy.
Global Geopark in County Fermanagh is made up of different grades of mountain walks, forest tracks and peaceful county lanes. Each walkway is clearly labelled with details of ascents, duration and terrain. they all offer amazing scenery and some of the trails are even accessible by wheelchair.
Being nearly 3 times the high of the Cliffs of Moher, at its highest point, Slieve League Cliffs can't help but offer amazing view from every point. Just past the village of Teelin, you can park and set out on what are known as the Pilgrim's Path (2-3 hours) or One Man's Path (4 - 5 hours).
Looping around Ireland's most distinctive mountain, the Benbulben Forest Walk is cut through shelter forest before coming out to open valley clearings. The view of Benbulben head from the clearings is second to none. The gradient of the walk is flat throughout.