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10 of the best hikes and walks on the Wild Atlantic Way
Hikers enjoy stunning views from the Slieve League Cliffs in beautiful Donegal.
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The Wild Atlantic Way is heaven for hikers and walkers, with rugged trails that lead you from gorgeous villages to world class lookouts. Feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean as you reach the edge of the Cork coastline, clamber up challenging trails to the summit of Europe's largest accessible sea cliffs in Donegal, and head west to climb striking mountains and look out over the blue waters of Sligo Bay.

Here's all the best places to go hiking on the Wild Atlantic Way.

1Ireland Walk Hike Bike

Ireland Walk Hike Bike leaders in excellent quality and value walking, hiking, and biking tours all over the Island of Ireland.

Ireland Walk Hike Bike

KerryClimbing - the family run, award winning and premier guiding and mountain adventure activity provider in the Kerry region and the South West of Ireland.

3The BlueStack Way

Walk the breathtaking Bluestack Way to truly embrace the wilds of stunning County Donegal. Unfolding across the Bluestack Mountains, this 65km trail delivers incredible views across the North West.

The BlueStack Way
4Bluestacks and Lough Eske Walking Tours

Look north and the Bluestack Mountains stretch gracefully across the skyline with the deep blue glacial waters of Lough Eske visible below their peaks.

5Horn Head

An exceptional viewpoint giving exceptional and uninterupted coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean, the tip of Horn Head and the successive headlands to the North East.

Horn Head
6Knocknarea Mountain

Knocknarea Mountain (Cnoc na Rí) is situated four miles west of Sligo Town, in the area of the Strandhill Peninsula. This breathtaking mountain dominates the skyline of Sligo town it is 1078 feet high.

Knocknarea Mountain
7Queen Maeve Trail

Embrace some stunning Wild Atlantic Way landscapes on this 2.4km trail up to the summit of Knocknarea Mountain. Boasting ancient history and captivating County Sligo scenery, Queen Maeve’s Trail is a gem.

Queen Maeve Trail
8Erris Head Loop - Lúb Ceann Iorrais

Explore the unmatched beauty of County Mayo’s Erris Head on this breathtaking 5km loop. Treating walkers to lush landscapes and salty seascapes, embrace this truly captivating corner of the Wild Atlantic Way.

9Sliabh Liag (Slieve League)

Hike to the top of the Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) cliffs on the south west coast of County Donegal and marvel at the terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay.

10Sheep’s Head Loops

Measuring roughly 21km in length and just 4km across its widest point, this undulating ridge jutting out from the Atlantic from west County Cork is a beautiful place to explore.

Sheep’s Head Loops
Start planning your hike now

Trek across towering mountains and marvel at astounding coastal views on a hike along the Wild Atlantic Way. Pop over to our Wild Atlantic Way page for all the info you need for your next holiday.

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