The Burren draws many who like to explore the bare stone hills which are dappled with Alpine and lowland flowers and Neolithic monuments. There are many walking routes but the 123km Burren Way is probably the most famous.
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With mountains, moorlands, lakes and woods, Glenveagh National Park in north-west Donegal offers a real wilderness feel. Experienced hikers might be tempted to climb the two highest peaks – Errigal and Slieve Snaght, and there are many shorter waymarked trails too.
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Centred on Glendalough, the Wicklow Mountains National Park offers a network of nine waymarked trails. If you’re handy with a map and compass, that’s just the start. This park is also a great place for spying on nature. It is one of Ireland’s major deer habitats and bird species include ravens, red grouse, skylarks and meadow pipits.
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