WALKING ROUTES IN IRELAND
Experience the magic of Ireland! For those looking for a specialised walking or hiking holiday, walking tours of between 5 and 12 days are available on these eight National Waymarked Ways. All of these self-guided walking tours are fully customisable to your own requirements. We do the planning and organising, you do the walking!
What do we do?
- Ensure you can comfortably get to and from your tour
- Reserve your accommodations
- Organise your luggage transfer each day.
- When all of this is in place, we send you a tour pack with OS 1:50000 maps, marked with your route and overnight stops, route notes and a selection of literature you will find useful on your trip.
What do you do?
- Carry your camera & lunch pack
- Wear your vacation hat and hike to your heart’s content. In your own time.
Beara Way, Southwest Ireland
The quiet south western corner of Ireland, the third of the 5 finger peninsulas and visually different to its northern neighbours. Here the hiking is through low rounded hills, on old bog roads, exploring abandoned copper mines. The rocky coastline of the Beara Peninsula is a walking holiday dream. Visit Dursey Island by Ireland’s only cable car, walk the green roads of Bere Island and sample the best of the day’s catch from the port of Castletownbere.
2014 8-day itinerary from €546, 10-day itinerary from €650. 12 day itinerary from €755. Moderate rating.
Burren Way, Midwest Ireland
The Rockies of Ireland! A unique limestone escarpment overlooks the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Your route takes you from the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, to the coast at Black Head, hiking the old green roads through rocky crags and finishing in the lovely village of Ballyvaughan on the shores of Galway Bay.
2014 7-day itinerary from €468. Easy to moderate rating.
Connemara Way, Western Ireland
Connemara, the land of mountain and water. Lakes, rivers, fjords, bogs guarded by the Maamturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. An incredible glaciated country. Travel from Galway to Westport, Co. Mayo through hauntingly beautiful mountain country, sparsely populated and spiritually lifting.
2014 8-day itinerary from €546. 10-day itinerary from €650. Moderate rating.
Dingle Way, Southwest Ireland
The first of the 5 finger peninsulas in the south west corner. Dingle slenderly pushes into the Atlantic, the Slieve Mish mountains as its spine. Majestic Brandon Head, one of Ireland’s 1000m peaks, forms the western head and a walking holiday here is a glorious drama of sandy beaches, unfolding mountains and hill farming country.
2014 5-day itinerary from €325; 8-day itinerary from €546; 10-day itinerary from €650. Moderate rating.
Donegal Way, Northwest Ireland
Donegal is the centre of the north-west Gaeltacht, where Gaelic is the first language and where traditional culture thrives. From the rugged Bluestack Mountains through the Owentocker River Valley to the coast of Ardara, you will experience great walking. This is the wildest, remotest and most exhilarating route in the country, culminating in the Slieve League Cliffs, the highest seacliffs in Europe.
2014 8-day itinerary from €546; 10-day itinerary from €650. Moderate/Hard rating.
Kerry Way, Southwest Ireland
The famous Ring of Kerry! And the second of the five peninsulas. Ireland’s best known secret flows westwards from the Lakes of Killarney through the highest Irish peaks in the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Walking the Kerry Way avoids the bustle, takes you into the mountains, above the roads and away from the masses. Hike the foothills of the Reeks, spectacular coastline scenery and through colourful Kenmare and Killarney, splendid in its lakeshore location.
2014 8-day itinerary from €546; 12-day itinerary from €755. Shorter tours available. Moderate rating.
Sheeps Head Way, Southwest Ireland
By far the forgotten land! Glorious peninsula number 4 is a narrow finger pointing south west, home to farms and small fishing villages, micro-climate hot spots and incredible views as you walk along it’s spiny ridge. A walking holiday on Sheep’s Head is unrivalled for its remoteness and the opportunity to experience traditional life in 21st century Ireland.
2014 8-day itinerary from €546. Easy to moderate rating.
Just an hour from Dublin, the Wicklow Hills transport you away from city noise; hiking through low country and forests, into the old hills, deserted mines and the 5th century abbey of St. Kevin. Explore the deep valleys of Glenmalure and Glendalough and enjoy a hiking experience in one of Ireland’s best National Parks.
2014 6-day itinerary from €389; 8-day itinerary from €546; 10-day itinerary from €650. Moderate rating.