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Top 10 walks and hikes for experienced walkers
Get on your hiking boots and discover some fantastic hiking spots in Ireland.
Ireland has some of the best walking and hiking trails in the world. With a backdrop of stunning landscapes, you can choose your adventure from a range of challenging coastal paths and imposing mountain ranges to long-distance explorations of historical trails and remote island walks.

Discover the best hikes in Ireland for experienced walkers and hikers.

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1Kingdom of Kerry Hike, Kerry

Running parallel to the famous Ring of Kerry, this is one of the most picturesque walks in Ireland. The Kingdom of Kerry hike is a moderate eight-day adventure featuring two spectacular peninsulas in Ireland’s south-west. The journey is about 70km long, spread across six days of hiking and begins in the bustling town of Killarney. The epic excursion will take you through rugged mountains and a tapestry of lush fields with the thumping roar of the Atlantic Ocean by your side. Custom-made mini-break tours are also available if you just want a flavour of Kerry’s landscape.

Admire views of the Blasket Islands on the Kingdom of Kerry hike.
Admire views of the Blasket Islands on the Kingdom of Kerry hike.
2Killary Fjord Famine Walk, Galway

Beginning in Rosroe Pier in Galway, this Famine Trail is steeped in history and follows the contours of the Killary Fjord as it passes old cottages and long-abandoned potato ridges. The journey is approximately 10km between Rosroe and Killary Adventure Centre and takes about two to three hours depending on your level of fitness. See salmon and mussel farms in the shadow of the Mweelrea Mountains and bask in the beauty of the Delphi Valley.

A hiker at Killary Harbour in County Mayo
Spot remnants of old Ireland along the Killary Fjord.
3The Wicklow Way, Wicklow

One of the country’s greatest long-distance hiking trails starts in the Dublin suburbs at Marlay Park in Dublin and goes all the way to Carlow. With dramatic scenery and a rich, varied route, there is a unique sense of remoteness as you make your way past the beautiful monastic site of Glendalough. Walk across ridges and gently sloping valleys before you descend into the peaceful foothills of Clonegal. Apart from a few short steep sections, there are no significant climbs. Approximately 129km in length, the Wicklow Way takes about six days to finish. 

A group hiking across mountains at Glendalough, Co Wicklow
See beautiful Lough Tay on a hike along the Wicklow Way.
4Bluestack Mountain Walk, Donegal

Head off on the Bluestack Mountain Walk in Donegal that winds its way from Donegal town to Ardara on the west coast. This route is about 65km and takes about three days from start to finish. Pass by the scenic Lough Eske across the foothills of the Bluestacks to reach an area called Disert and its ancient mountain graveyard. From remote, high moorland to a glorious descent along the Owenroe river, enjoy the beautiful isolation as you hike along boglands, riversides and quiet, country roads.

Aerial view of Glenties in County Donegal
Make a pitstop in Glenties on your next hike through Bluestack Mountains.
5Fanad Peninsula and Horn Head Walk, Donegal

Take a guided walk with Sean Mullen, a leading guide on the six-hour trek along the coast of the Fanad Peninsula in Donegal. Take your boots off as you traverse sandy beaches and discover a landscape masterfully sculpted by the Atlantic waves. Your tour ends at the famous Fanad Lighthouse, marking the entrance to the famous Lough Swilly. 

If you fancy going on two walks when you’re in Donegal, go on the Horn Head Walk on Inishowen Peninsula. This shorter, coastal walk leads you onto the astonishing Sheephaven Bay where golden beaches and views of Tory Island and the Donegal Highlands provide the backdrop to your exhilarating hike.

Fanad Lighthouse in County Donegal
Trek all the way to Fanad Lighthouse.
6Coumshingaun Loop Walk and The Comeragh Mountains, Waterford

Natural ambience and silence await with the Coumshingaun Loop Walk being one of the most popular routes to take in the Comeragh Mountains. A moderate four-hour hike, this 7.5km trek takes in Waterford’s splendour with the Coumshingaun Lake and the surrounding mountains.

With a mix of tough mountain hikes and gentle valley walks, there’s a great selection of ways to tackle the Comeragh Mountain Range. Stretching from the Waterford coast near Dungarvan to as far as Clonmel, the Nire Valley is the heart of this range which also features an annual walking festival in autumn.

7Sheep's Head Way, Cork

An exciting 88km circular route, the Sheep’s Head Way starts in Bantry and runs along the north coast to the scenic Sheep's Head Lighthouse before returning along its southern side. You’re never too far from the invigorating Atlantic Ocean here but despite this, the terrain is varied and takes in quiet rural pathways, open grassy moorland, woodland and country roads. See stone circles, standing stones and even a Napoleonic signal tower on this great adventure. Eagle-eyed wildlife enthusiasts may even spot dolphins and whales in the ocean below. 

People taking a rest beside the sea on Sheep's Head, County Cork
Enjoy dramatic coastal views on a walk on Sheep's Head.
8The Miner’s Way and Historical Trail, Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo

Embark on a hike rich with history on this 118km-long figure of eight walking route that starts and ends in the old mining village of Arigna. Experience what life was like when the region was the centre of the mining industry for more than 400 years. The route touches on three lakes and crosses three low mountain ranges. Linger a while longer at the Arigna Mining Experience and see the 12th century Cistercian Boyle Abbey and Carrowkeel Neolithic Cemetery.

Signposts for the Miner's Way trail in County Leitrim
Hike across three counties on the Miner's Way trail.
9The Táin Way, Louth

Steeped in legend, this walkway is the site of the saga known as The Cattle Raid of Cooley and the battle between Queen Meabh of Connacht and Cú Chulainn. Aside from that epic saga, there’s plenty of evidence of Cooley’s rich historical past, from passage graves to portal tombs by the trailside. The circular route loops around Carlingford Mountain and its terrain consists of quiet, wooded tracks and glorious mountain paths with views of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne Mountains.

Aerial view of Carlingford Lough in County Louth
Spot peaceful Carlingford Lough on the Táin Way.
10Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail, Mayo

This 61km route runs from the historic village of Balla in Mayo to the picturesque village of Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick on the shores of Clew Bay. The scenic trail guides hikers through green farmlands, remote boglands and tranquil forest paths. See early monastic settlements, a 6th century castle, Clogher Heritage Cottage, Ballintubber Abbey and the Aille Caves. It takes around three days to complete this great trail.

Hikers on Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo
Climb the historic Croagh Patrick mountain in County Mayo.
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