Hiking in Ireland
The magic of Ireland is to be found in the warmth of its people, in the cosy pubs and traditional music sessions, as well as the unspoilt natural landscape, which makes walking in the Emerald Isle a real pleasure.
The west coast has a real edge of the world feel – particularly at the sheer, awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher – it is a land of dramatic mountains and barren landscapes littered with boulders, stone walls, sheep and ponies. For serious walkers, the Kerry Way is an excellent long distance trail that has a bit of everything. The views along the coastal paths are astounding and you will really see why this region is known as the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’.
The East coast is sunnier and contains a wealth of early Christian, Viking and Norman heritage sites. Starting from Dublin, the Wicklow Way meanders its way through this landscape of woodland-covered hills, secluded valleys and tranquil lakes.
In the north, the unspoilt Causeway coast is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets, offering a delightful easy-going walk, the star attraction being the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site.
Ireland is so well endowed with great walks that it is difficult to select just a few. The hikes listed below represent the very best long distance hiking trails; combining dramatic scenery with the famously warm hospitality which is guaranteed to await you at our carefully-selected B&Bs, not to mention in the many local pubs along the way!