Top 10 Walks in Ireland

Top Walking and Hiking Routes in Ireland

Between scenery, history, mythology and ancient paths, Ireland has some of the best walking and hiking trails in the world. National Geographic say Ireland is in the Top 5 Walking and Hiking Destinations in the world.

Whether it's a short walk along a beach, a ramble in lush green valleys, longer hikes on spectacular waymarked trails or climbs up great mountain ranges such as the MacGillycuddy's Reeks in Kerry you are spoilt for choice in Ireland.

Carrauntoohil Mtn. 1,039mIrelands highest mountain Carrauntoohil at 1,039m (3,404ft) in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains, Kerry

Our temperate climate means Ireland is a perfect year round walking destination for adventure tourists. In any case, always remember that 'There is no such thing as bad weather just unsuitable clothing'. Here are my current Top 10 favorites which vary in length and difficulty (changing all the time!). Feel free to agree, strongly disagree or add your own suggestions here or on the ActiveMe facebook page. Click the links below for route maps and guides and also find them on our Free App. 

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1. Carrauntoohil Mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Co. Kerry (multiple routes)

MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains and Carrauntoohil, Killarney, Co. Kerry

2. Kerry Way Long Distance Walking Trail, Co. Kerry

Bridia Valley, Co. Kerry - Black Faced Ram by Valerie O'Sullivan

3. Mount Brandon Walking Route, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry

Faha Ridge - Copy

4. Slieve Donard Walking Route, Co. Down

Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down

5. Causeway Coastal Path Walking Route, Co. Antrim

Causeway Coastal Walk, Antrim, Northern Ireland

6. Coumshingaun Loop Walk, Comeragh Mountains, Waterford

Coumshingaun Lake, Waterford 2014 Muddy Boot Walking Guides

7. Wicklow Way Long Distance Walking Trail, Co. Wicklow and Dublin

Lough Tay

8. Torc Mountain Walk, Killarney, Kerry - bring the kids

View from Torc Mountain, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

9. Coomasaharn Horseshoe Walk, Glenbeigh, Kerry

Coomasaharn Lake  

10. Bray Head Loop Walk, Valentia Island, Kerry - bring the kids

Start of the Bray Head Loop walk See our full list of over 500 Irish walks and hikes Here.   Coming Soon Top 10 Easy Walking and Hiking Trails in Ireland Top 10 Moderate Walking and Hiking Trails in Ireland Top 10 Strenuous Walking and Hiking Trails in Ireland Top 10 Looped Walking and Hiking Trails in Ireland Top 10 Long Distance Walking and Hiking Trails Top Pilgrimage Walks and Trails in Ireland Best and Top Walks by County (coming soon)