HIKING WALKING IRELAND: Hiking Trails in Ireland
Consider yourself an avid hiker or have you just got a sense of adventure and exploration? No matter what the reason, hiking in Ireland is a must for any bucket list! Here at Hiking Walking Ireland, we bring you the best information of ‘off the beaten’ long distance hiking trails across Ireland in order to help you plan your hiking holiday in Ireland.
We’re sure you’ve heard it before, but Ireland is the perfect destination for any hiking holiday as it provides some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, which can often only be experienced on foot. No matter what route or region you decide, you can be guaranteed stunning scenery, unique landscapes, fascinating local history and unparalleled hospitality while hiking in Ireland.
Furthermore, we have chosen to provide information on ‘off the beaten’ hiking trails in Ireland due to their unspoiled scenery and landscapes, the solitude in nature they provide, the quaint villages and towns steeped in history that you travel through and the opportunity to experience truly authentic and unique experiences with locals, which often can be lost along the more popular hiking trails in Ireland.
Let’s take a look at some of the trails;
The Táin Way
The Táin Way is a 40-kilometre long-distance walking trail around the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth, a must if you are hiking in Ireland. The route follows in the footsteps of Queen Maeve’s army as they try and capture the Brown Bull of Cooley – Ireland’s most famous saga in Irish folklore.
The Bluestack Way is a 65-kilometre long-distance walking trail around the Bluestack Mountains in County Donegal. The route takes walkers along the shores of the beautiful Lough Eske, through the Eglish Valley, a glacier cut valley and provides stunning views of Donegal atop of Cloghmeen Hill.
When hiking in Ireland, it’s important to be prepared! Check out our FAQ’s page for some useful information. In general, use good hiking boots, wear appropriate clothing (Ireland’s weather is changeable – remember that!), bring some food to snack on and water to drink, bring a phone to communicate if needed, be aware of your surroundings and don’t take unnecessary risks and most importantly be aware of emergency numbers and ensure that at least one other person is aware you are spending the day hiking (and to check in with them at the end of your hike).
When deciding on which hiking trail in Ireland is best suited to you, always remember, no matter what trail you choose, be sure to enjoy hiking in Ireland and all it has to offer. No two places are the same, and each place has their own story to tell – enjoy it!