The Best Hiking Locations In Ireland
July 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Now, to be honest, I am definitely not the one to be advising you about hiking, because, trust me when I say I would struggle. But I’m up for the challenge and I hope I can give you some of the best hiking spots in Ireland; ones that even I wouldn’t mind doing on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Causeway Coast Way – County Antrim

Causeway Coast Way – County Antrim

Distance: 53km

This genuinely sounds like one that I would try tackle. Ireland is known for the beautiful scenery it provides and this Causeway Coast hike is sure to show you some of the best of those features, including the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

There are many different terrains to overcome on this hike which include grassy areas, beaches and tarmacked paths, so I would advise that you familiarize yourself with all these types of terrains before hiking along the Causeway Coast.

However, in saying that, you wouldn’t want to miss out on something like this, it’s sure to get your heart pumping and provide some really picturesque scenes.

Cronin’s Yard Loop – County Kerry

Cronin’s Yard Loop – County Kerry

Distance: 8km

This is definitely a starting point for all those early hikers (like me). It’s a relatively short hike, but it has a difficulty rating of ‘moderate,’ whatever that may mean. I think I have a very different definition of moderate.

Cronin’s Yard Loop gives you a serene feeling because it’s a very quiet area and you can experience Ireland in a more natural and peaceful environment. I would suggest you try do this hike in Summer and get up super early (something we all love doing), to see the sunrise and take some fantastic shots of the area, lakes and wilderness, if you can call it that!

There’s a few uphill climbs during this hike, but sure, what hike trails don’t have uphill trekking.

The Famine Walk – County Galway

The Famine Walk – County Galway

Distance: 16km

This sounds like a hard one, but I’m sure once you’ve actually finished it, you’ll feeling amazing. Course, I wouldn’t know because, guaranteed, it would take me ages and I would be at the back of the pack struggling to pull it off.

During this hike, you will see the raw beauty that the area has to offer, including, mountains and lakes. Everywhere you look, you will be amazed at what surrounds you.

You walk along what is a famine relief path, past little cottages that were built during the 1840s. The route leads to a small harbour, and then a very quiet country road will take you back to where you started. This hike sounds like something you would do to get away from the busy life of the city, something I’m sure we could all do with.

Glendalough Lake Walk – County Wicklow

Glendalough Lake Walk – County Wicklow

Distance: 3.5m/5km

Glendalough is one of the most popular places in Ireland to hike along and a hotspot for tourists; it’s something almost every Irish person has done, including me.

Its only an hour from Dublin and is surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains, which loom up against you as you hike to the top. I would say it’s a bit strenuous, but nothing the average person couldn’t manage.

Along this hike, you are sure to see some goats and even some special birds, but be sure to get there early so you can really experience Glendalough without the crowds it attracts. This is a must!

Coumshingaun Loop Walk – County Waterford

Coumshingaun Loop Walk – County Waterford

Distance: 8km

This hiking route surrounds a natural amphitheatre of splendour and silence. It is definitely not for the faint hearted, as it is a hardy 8km, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t do-able.

The Comeragh Mountains are the famous landmark you’ll spot while doing this hike, they are amazing, to say the least. This area is very popular for both hikers and climbers alike with some great rock climbs to be had and also some ice climbing in winter.

The walking route starts in the traditional and most gentle approach to the mountain. The paths here are not straightforward, but keep aiming towards the northern part of the slopes and you will be absolutely fine.

Bray Head Loop Walk – County Kerry

Bray Head Loop Walk – County Kerry

Distance: 7km

I’ll end on a nice note and one that you can bring the whole hiking family along too. This is a moderate family friendly loop hiking route to Bray Head and along the coastline at the west end of Valentia Island. It is a steady climb to the tower with spectacular views of the Skellig Islands, the Kerry coast and the Wild Atlantic Way along the way.

This hike is historical and proves to be something the whole family can enjoy. There are many routes you can undertake and each in their own right provide stunning views and you may even be lucky enough to spot some whales off the coast.

By the end of writing this article, I’m actually a bit more open to going on different hikes and trying different terrains, while doing so. However, word of advice, make sure you’re fit enough!

Tahlia Peppard
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The Best Hiking Locations In Ireland
July 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Tahlia Peppard

Now, to be honest, I am definitely not the one to be advising you about hiking, because, trust me when I say I would struggle. But I’m up for the challenge and I hope I can give you some of the best hiking spots in Ireland; ones that even I wouldn’t mind doing on a lovely Sunday afternoon.

Causeway Coast Way – County Antrim

Causeway Coast Way – County Antrim

Distance: 53km

This genuinely sounds like one that I would try tackle. Ireland is known for the beautiful scenery it provides and this Causeway Coast hike is sure to show you some of the best of those features, including the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

There are many different terrains to overcome on this hike which include grassy areas, beaches and tarmacked paths, so I would advise that you familiarize yourself with all these types of terrains before hiking along the Causeway Coast.

However, in saying that, you wouldn’t want to miss out on something like this, it’s sure to get your heart pumping and provide some really picturesque scenes.

Cronin’s Yard Loop – County Kerry

Cronin’s Yard Loop – County Kerry

Distance: 8km

This is definitely a starting point for all those early hikers (like me). It’s a relatively short hike, but it has a difficulty rating of ‘moderate,’ whatever that may mean. I think I have a very different definition of moderate.

Cronin’s Yard Loop gives you a serene feeling because it’s a very quiet area and you can experience Ireland in a more natural and peaceful environment. I would suggest you try do this hike in Summer and get up super early (something we all love doing), to see the sunrise and take some fantastic shots of the area, lakes and wilderness, if you can call it that!

There’s a few uphill climbs during this hike, but sure, what hike trails don’t have uphill trekking.

The Famine Walk – County Galway

The Famine Walk – County Galway

Distance: 16km

This sounds like a hard one, but I’m sure once you’ve actually finished it, you’ll feeling amazing. Course, I wouldn’t know because, guaranteed, it would take me ages and I would be at the back of the pack struggling to pull it off.

During this hike, you will see the raw beauty that the area has to offer, including, mountains and lakes. Everywhere you look, you will be amazed at what surrounds you.

You walk along what is a famine relief path, past little cottages that were built during the 1840s. The route leads to a small harbour, and then a very quiet country road will take you back to where you started. This hike sounds like something you would do to get away from the busy life of the city, something I’m sure we could all do with.

Glendalough Lake Walk – County Wicklow

Glendalough Lake Walk – County Wicklow

Distance: 3.5m/5km

Glendalough is one of the most popular places in Ireland to hike along and a hotspot for tourists; it’s something almost every Irish person has done, including me.

Its only an hour from Dublin and is surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains, which loom up against you as you hike to the top. I would say it’s a bit strenuous, but nothing the average person couldn’t manage.

Along this hike, you are sure to see some goats and even some special birds, but be sure to get there early so you can really experience Glendalough without the crowds it attracts. This is a must!

Coumshingaun Loop Walk – County Waterford

Coumshingaun Loop Walk – County Waterford

Distance: 8km

This hiking route surrounds a natural amphitheatre of splendour and silence. It is definitely not for the faint hearted, as it is a hardy 8km, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t do-able.

The Comeragh Mountains are the famous landmark you’ll spot while doing this hike, they are amazing, to say the least. This area is very popular for both hikers and climbers alike with some great rock climbs to be had and also some ice climbing in winter.

The walking route starts in the traditional and most gentle approach to the mountain. The paths here are not straightforward, but keep aiming towards the northern part of the slopes and you will be absolutely fine.

Bray Head Loop Walk – County Kerry

Bray Head Loop Walk – County Kerry

Distance: 7km

I’ll end on a nice note and one that you can bring the whole hiking family along too. This is a moderate family friendly loop hiking route to Bray Head and along the coastline at the west end of Valentia Island. It is a steady climb to the tower with spectacular views of the Skellig Islands, the Kerry coast and the Wild Atlantic Way along the way.

This hike is historical and proves to be something the whole family can enjoy. There are many routes you can undertake and each in their own right provide stunning views and you may even be lucky enough to spot some whales off the coast.

By the end of writing this article, I’m actually a bit more open to going on different hikes and trying different terrains, while doing so. However, word of advice, make sure you’re fit enough!

Tahlia Peppard
I’m interested in writing and reading as well as keeping up with entertainment news as a personal interest. Love to travel and meet new people!

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