E8 European Long Distance Walking Trail, Dublin to Cork, Ireland


Jan 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm in Walking/Hiking, Walks by ActiveME

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County: Route Length (km): 600
Nearest town: OS Map: 50 - 85 (14 Maps)
Route shape: linear one-wayRoute type: NWT - National Waymarked Trail
Grade/difficulty: StrenuousDuration: 9
Parking: Car parkWheelchair friendly?: No
Family/child friendly?: NoDog friendly?: Yes
Grid ref. (start): O 15329 26769Grid ref. (finish): V 45203 38758


The Irish section of the E8 European Long Distance Walking Route from Dursey Island in West Cork, Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey is a moderate to strenuous 12 to 30 day (600 km) walking route from Dublin City to the western most point on Dursey Island in Co. Cork, Ireland.



This is an amazing walking route taking in the some of the best walks and most stunning scenery in Ireland. The Irish section of the E8 walking route can be done in either direction and incorporates a number of Irelands own long distance National Waymarked Trails including the

Dursey Island, West Cork, Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way

As with many National Waymarked Trails, sections of the routes involve road walking along most quiet country back roads. Please note that there is no marked trail connecting the Blackwater Way with the Kerry Way. Its is an unmarked route from Shrone to the start of the Kerry Way in Killarney.

The entire E8 European long distance is 4,700km (2,920 miles) across Europe from Cork in Ireland to Istanbul in Turkey. Along its entire length, the route is aimed at walkers, cyclists and horse riders. After Ireland it crosses the Irish Sea into the United Kingdom, where it follows part of the Trans Pennine Trail. After crossing the North Sea, it passes through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and finally reaching Turkey. Some of the eastern sections of the route are yet to be finalised.


What a challenge!!!

The walking route officially begins Dursey Island, West Cork and ends in Dublin City but you can join the trail at any number of points along its length and break the walk in as many or as few stages as you like depending on fitness or time available to experience one of the best and varied walks in Ireland and Europe.

Use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tool to get directions to any point on the route and our detailed maps and GPS on our ActiveME iPhone App and Android App to find and follow the walking route live on screen and keep on track. At all times, our maps and App should be used in conjunction with proper map and compass navigation techniques. Feel free to send us your photos and add you own star rating, comments or suggestions below.


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