Ireland’s 6 Best Hikes

Randonneurs en Irlande

Emerald Isle and its lush greenery is an invitation to hike in the heart of nature.

Popular with locals and tourists alike, this activity is made easy by the many marked paths and trails that criss-cross the country.

A leisurely walk or a long trek?

Hiking the coast or exploring the mountains and hills?

Busy lane or secluded lane for those seeking solitude?

take a bag Nice shoesA pair of poles, and discover some of Ireland’s most beautiful walks.

Kerry – Gap of Dunlow

Entry City : Killarney

the distance : 12 km

the difficulty : Easy

Close to Killarney National Park, the Gap of Dunloe Valley is a real gem, with easy access and varied scenery.

Starting from the parking lot of Kate Kearney’s Cottage pub, the path is perfectly signposted.

The further you go, the crowds disappear to make way for lakes, peaks and flocks of sheep. The walk continues to the pass at the end of the valley (head of the Gap of Dunlow) from where you can admire the surrounding valleys.

Konnamara – Killary walk

Killary walk

Entry City : Clifden

the distance : 15 km

the difficulty : Easy

A great hike that allows you to discover the southern shores of the Killary Fjord.

If the climb is not difficult, the path is not clearly marked and the start is not obvious: it is better to have a good sense of direction to start.

Following the N59 (Connemara Ring) from Clifden to a junction signposted to Bunowen and Killary Sheep Farm, we leave the car in a gravel parking lot.

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We then follow the path to the aforementioned farm, before following the fjord to Roserow Pier offering spectacular views.

Wicklow – Tour du Parc National


Entry City : Dublin

the distance : 130 km

the difficulty : Medium

The Wicklow Mountains, located near Dublin, are the garden of Ireland with a variety of landscapes from moors to forests through various waterfalls, rivers and lakes.

The famous Wicklow Way, a multi-day trek, is one of Ireland’s most popular and is a great opportunity to walk the countryside and meet many locals.

Ulster – Causeway Coast Way

Causeway Coast Way

Entry City : Coleraine

the distance : 52 km

the difficulty : Medium

A route covered in 2 or 3 days between Ballycastle and Portswart will allow you to admire some of Northern Ireland’s most famous sights: the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick a Rede Suspension Bridge.

Accessible by public transport, the route passes coastal villages, wild nature, tourist attractions and forgotten beaches for the heart of everything the country has to offer.

Although the trail is generally well-marked, a map can be useful to avoid confusion if an intersection is unmarked.

County Clare – Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Entry City : Ennis

the distance : 11 km

the difficulty : Medium

Cliffs of Moher are world famous, and you won’t be the only one to admire them from the visitor center where this hike begins on the south coast.

A well-marked trail takes you to the tip of Hag (Hag’s Head) and allows you to admire the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean from a unique perspective.

Kerry – Caranthohill via Devil’s Ladder

In Carantho

Entry City : Killarney

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the distance : 12 km

the difficulty : difficult

From a height of 1038m, Caroundhhill dominates the island and is the highest point in Ireland, making it a sought-after destination by Irish and visitors alike.

Despite a height that can make climbers smile, this is a true climb in a mountain environment, and the Devil’s Ladder trail presents a technical difficulty that should not be underestimated.

From Cronin’s Yard car park, follow a well-marked path that winds through fields and crosses the river before reaching the lake, where two access paths are indicated: the Devil’s Ladder or the Borther O’Shea Path (easy).

The Devil’s Ladder is a steep chute made of more or less unstable stones. Experienced mountaineers will not find it difficult here, but those with less experience in rock formations will have to tread carefully to avoid falling.

From the top of the stairs, a wide lawn follows that easily leads to Ireland’s Peak in 30 minutes.

Descending the Devil’s Staircase is forbidden, so it is done via the Brother O’Shea Trail, which is steeper but on more stable ground.

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