Walk the Irish Way
Ireland is a walker’s paradise with hiking trails crisscrossing the landscape along the coasts, through mountain valleys and alongside teeming rivers. With such a variety in landscape what more could you ask for? So don’t take any more time than it requires to drop your bags at a comfortable budget accommodation like Travelodge Ireland Hotels and read on for five great Ireland walking locations.
The Wicklow Way
Do you fancy a walk that you can start from right in the city of Dublin? Then the Wicklow Way is for you. Leave the leafy suburbs behind and take the gate out of Marlay Park towards a splendid walking adventure. Explore as much or as little of some 80 miles of paths from Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains through parts of three counties mountain trails, country paths through fields and forests and quiet side roads to enjoy while you keep walking towards your destination. The middle portion of the trail is the best path to travel, starting from the picturesque Glendalough and following paths both easier and more difficult like the 19th century Military Road built by the British army. The scenery is spectacular as you hike through lush valleys surrounded by rugged mountains and burning off a fair few calories.
Tour the Glin Heritage Trails
The Glin Heritage Trails are very pleasant multi-access paths taking walkers along the Shannon Estuary in County Limerick. There are 3 walks of differing difficulty to choose from at Glin. There’s also plenty of history to see as walkers pass the 13th century castle of the Knight of Glin. You can also pop into the lovely Georgian town square of Glin. With plenty of nature to see too on this walking trail you can often see bottle nose dolphins as you pass alongside the Shannon Estuary. Or you can stop at viewing points for extraordinarily panoramic views of Ballybunion and Galway Bay.
The Coumshingaun Loop
Just over an hour from the city of Waterford, the Coumshingaun Loop Walk in the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford is very popular with both hikers and climbers due to its stunning natural beauty. You can walk on a 7.5-kilometre route around the Coumshingaun Lake. The lakeside cliffs rise straight up to an impressive 365 metres vertically above the water and long distance swimmers have been known to practice for endurance swims in this corrie lake.
The Causeway Coastal Route
The Causeway Coastal Walking Route in County Antrim, not far from Belfast goes from the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge to the Giants Causeway and there is so much to see along the way. This is a moderate walk which should suit all walkers. It is one of Irelands most scenic and varied coastal pathways. The Causeway Coastal Walking Route lasts for 18 kilometers. It takes in a series of truly beautiful scenes: beaches, rocks and cliff top paths as you walk along clinging to the very edge of the Atlantic shore. The hiking trail affords the most incredible panoramic views of Rathlin Island, the Scottish island of Islay and Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.
The Sheeps Head Way
Like the Wicklow Way, you can take a few days to explore the Sheeps Head Way in County Cork. Start off from the town of Bantry and you can cover as many of the 200 kilometres as you’re able to. And you’re able to view standing stones, stone circles, ancient churches and even a blow hole during your jaunts on the narrow Sheep’s Head peninsula between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay. You’re never far from the spray and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
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