Choose Your Hike

We offer different tour grading levels depending on the balance of physical challenge and comfort level that you require

Gentle Hikes

Our Gentle Hiking Tours are designed with the part-time hiker in mind.

People for whom taking photos, meeting the locals and enjoying a long lunch are as important as the hike itself.

Average Hiking Distance: 12-16km (8-10 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 4-5 hours per day

4-Day / 3-Night Gentle (Wicklow Way) Enniskerry - Laragh from €399 per person View Itinerary
4-Day / 3-Night Gentle (Heart of Wicklow) Loop Walks Around Laragh & Glendalough from €399 per person View Itinerary
5-Day / 4-Night Gentle (Heart of Wicklow) Rathdrum - Laragh, incl. St Kevin’s Way from €499 per person View Itinerary
5-Day / 4-Night Gentle (Wicklow Way) Glenmalure - Enniskerry from €499 per person View Itinerary
6-Day / 5-Night Gentle (Heart of Wicklow) Rathdrum - Enniskerry, incl. St Kevin’s Way from €599 per person View Itinerary
7-Day / 6-Night Gentle (Wicklow Way) Iron Bridge - Enniskerry, incl. Glendalough Loop Walk from €699 per person View Itinerary

Moderate Hikes

Our Moderate Hiking Tours will suit people who are used to regular exercise.

Hikers will appreciate the chance to cover plenty of ground each day without going beyond their limits.

Look out for the 👣 symbol: these itineraries cover the entire Wicklow Way trail from Bunclody to Marlay Park, Dublin

Average Hiking Distance: 15-19km (9.5-12 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 5-7 hours per day

4-Day / 3-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) Glenmalure - Laragh from €399 per person View Itinerary
5-Day / 4-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) Glenmalure - Enniskerry from €499 per person View Itinerary
6-Day / 5-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) Moyne - Enniskerry from €599 per person View Itinerary
7-Day / 6-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) Moyne - Enniskerry, incl. Glendalough Loop Walk from €699 per person View Itinerary
8-Day / 7-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) Tallon’s - Enniskerry, incl. Glendalough Loop Walk from €799 per person View Itinerary
10-Day / 9-Night Moderate (Wicklow Way) 👣 Clonegal - Marlay Park from €999 per person View Itinerary

Challenging Hikes

Are you the type of hiker who sets off in the morning and doesn’t stop until they reach their destination?

If yes, then our Challenging Hiking Tours will be just right for you.

Look out for the 👣 symbol: these itineraries cover the entire Wicklow Way trail from Bunclody to Marlay Park, Dublin

Average Hiking Distance: 22-27km (14-17 miles) per day Average Hiking Time: 6-8 hours per day

5-Day / 4-Night Challenging (Wicklow Way) Tinahely - Enniskerry from €499 per person View Itinerary
6-Day / 5-Night Challenging (Wicklow Way) Tinahely - Enniskerry, incl. Glendalough Loop Walk from €599 per person View Itinerary
7-Day / 6-Night Challenging (Wicklow Way) 👣 Clonegal - Marlay Park, Dublin from €699 per person View Itinerary
8-Day / 7-Night Challenging (Wicklow Way) 👣 Clonegal - Marlay Park, incl. Glendalough Loop Walk from €799 per person View Itinerary

Trail Info

The Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains, just south of Ireland’s capital Dublin, form the largest area of continuous hills and mountains in Ireland with more than 500 km2 above 300 metres. They stretch for almost 70km from Dublin, in the north, to the border with the counties of Wexford and Carlow in the south. The highest peak, Lugnaquilla (925m), is the highest Irish mountain outside of County Kerry, and there are a total of 39 peaks over 600 metres in Wicklow.

The Wicklow Mountains were created 400 million years ago but they owe their current shape largely to the effects of the last ice age, when glaciers deepened the valleys and created the many lakes. Much of the uplands consists of bog, heather and upland grassland while the valleys are mostly a mixture of coniferous and deciduous woodland. 

The famous early Christian monastic settlement at Glendalough was founded in the 6th century. Many early medieval churches as well as the impressive, almost 1000 year old, Round Tower can still be seen there. From the 12th to the 19th century, the Wicklow Mountains were a stronghold and hiding place for Irish clans and rebels opposed to English rule. This ended after the construction of the Military Road through the mountains at the start of the 19th century. 

These days the Wicklow Mountains are a major destination for tourism and recreation. The entire upland area is protected by law and the Wicklow Mountains National Park is Ireland’s largest national park.

The Routes

  • The Wicklow Way: Most of our tours on the Wicklow Way hike the route from south to north (towards Dublin). That way, the sun and much of the wind and rain will be in your back instead of in your face. This also has the advantage that most of the travelling is done on the first day and when walkers finish their tour, they are closer to Dublin City centre. The Wicklow Way starts in the small village of Clonegal in County Carlow and for the first 50km it crosses a series of gentle foothills. The route then enters the central Wicklow Mountains, with its high rounded ridges and deep valleys. Much of this section is covered in forestry and the landscape often changes when trees get felled or replanted. The route passes through the remote and wild glacial valley of Glenmalure, the longest of its kind in Ireland and Britain, before entering beautiful Glendalough with its ancient monastic site. From there, the trail moves deeper into high, heathery moorland, often with wide vistas over the glens and mountains, before finishing in the southern suburbs of Dublin. The Wicklow Way was originally designed to lead through the mountains from one remote inn or hostel to the next and the route does not pass through any villages or towns. While the trail is never really far from a public road, there is a strong sense of remoteness on many of the hikes and transfers are often required between the trail and the overnight accommodation. It is a richly varied route, with the more dramatic scenery of mountains and lakes at the northern end. The highlights include Glenmalure, Glendalough, Lough Tay and the former Guinness estate and the Powerscourt waterfall.
  • Glenealo Valley & The Spinc (Glendalough Loop Walk): This is a popular walk that gives easy access to some of the most spectacular scenery in Wicklow. After a visit to the peaceful valley of Glendasan it follows the Miners Road in Glendalough to the old ‘miner’s village’. An invigorating climb leads to a bridge at the top of the valley from where hundreds of wooden steps lead to a ridge above the lake with spectacular views back towards Glendalough. Descend is via the Poulanass Waterfall to the two lakes and the monastic village.
  • Trooperstown Hill: A gentle walk south from the village of Laragh leads through mixed woodland and then up to the top of Trooperstown Hill from where hikers often have wonderful views of the Wicklow Mountains and towards the sea in the east. The route descends through Trooperstown Wood and across the Avonmore River on its way to Laragh.
  • Avonmore Way: The route follows the Avonmore River from the village of Rathdrum through the beautiful Claravale Nature Reserve. From the picturesque settlement of Clara with its ancient bridge the trail climbs through forests to a road with views of the valley. You can choose to climb Trooperstown Hill before descending through more forest and across the Avonmore River on your way into Laragh.
  • St Kevin’s Way: This hike follows in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims who walked to the ancient monastery at Glendalough. The trail climbs gently towards the spectacular Wicklow Gap with its reservoir and hydroelectricity plant. The route passes reminders of a rich mining heritage before it follows the descent of the Glendasan River and a peaceful river walk leads into the Valley of Glendalough.

Terrain Overview (Wicklow Way)

The terrain on the Wicklow Way consists of forestry tracks, quiet country roads, green boreens (a Gaelic word that literally translates as ‘little road’) and mountain paths through open moorland. Some sections can occasionally be wet and muddy, but many of those have been improved by wooden boardwalks. 

Large sections of the route follow gravel tracks through land owned by Coillte, a state owned forestry company. This means that the landscape along those sections is often changing as trees get felled, are replanted, grow and then reach maturity as tall trees within the cycle of commercial forestry.

Approx. 39km or 30% of the total Wicklow Way route follows local roads, to avoid walking on private land. But this percentage can be much lower, depending on which tour itinerary you choose. In general, there is more road walking in the southern part of the route.

Since our Wicklow Mountains tours lead through a landscape of hills and mountains there is naturally a fair amount of ‘up and down’ in all itineraries and as part of every hiking day. The total aggregate ascent is approximately 3,300m over the entire route and there are some steep sections with longer climbs. The highest point is at White Hill, near Lough Tay, where the trail reaches a little over 600m.

Elevation Profile (Wicklow Way)

Elevation Profile Wicklow Way

Terrain by Stages

You will find more info on the route, distances, walking times and daily ascent on the overview pages for the individual itineraries we offer in the Wicklow Mountains.

Clonegal – Shillelagh (Wicklow Way): This section consists of quiet country roads and forest trails through rolling hillside.

Shillelagh – Tinahely (Wicklow Way): Forest tracks, farmland and quiet country roads make up this part of the trail. One section can be muddy in wet weather.

Tinahely – Iron Bridge (Wicklow Way): A mixture of grassy mountain paths, forest tracks and minor roads. Lots of ups and downs but not particularly steep.

Iron Bridge – Glenmalure (Wicklow Way): Most of this walk is on forest paths and tracks with some sections on quiet mountain roads. There is one long climb along good surface. Possible areas of felled and/or replanted forestry.

Glenmalure – Laragh (Wicklow Way): The day starts with a one long climb along forest tracks followed by a steep but short climb on stone steps. Descend then via boardwalks and mountain paths tracks to Glendalough/Laragh. Possible areas of felled and/or replanted forestry.

Avonmore Way (Rathdrum – Laragh): Good forest and riverside tracks and paths, with the option to climb Trooperstown Hill, some road walking, parts of which can be avoided by alternative route options. A number of shorter climbs one of them quite steep.

Glenealo Valley & The Spinc (Glendalough Loop Walk): Good tracks and mountain paths, boardwalks over wet or more difficult sections. A short, easy climb at the beginning and a long, moderate climb towards the top of the valley followed by a long gradual descent with one steep section on railway sleepers. 

Trooperstown Hill (Laragh Loop Walk): Minor roads, country and forest tracks and upland paths. One long but quite manageable climb to Trooperstown Hill followed by a slightly steeper descend.

St Kevin’s Way (Ballinagee Bridge – Glendalough): Paths and boardwalks through areas of forestry, mountain tracks and paths, limited road walking. Gentle climb to the Wicklow Gap before a long descent into Glendalough. Possible areas of felled and/or replanted forestry.

Laragh – Roundwood (Wicklow Way): A gentle and well-maintained mountain path followed by a long walk on a quiet road. The route option to the summit of Scarr is on a rugged, albeit well-defined, mountain path.

Roundwood – Enniskerry (Wicklow Way): Forest tracks and a short section on a quiet road, then mountain paths and boardwalks. Halfway, the highest point of the walk is reached near Djouce (600m). There are a few longer climbs and one that is shorter and a little steeper. Possible areas of felled and/or replanted forestry.

Enniskerry – Marlay Park (Wicklow Way): This section has quiet mountain roads, paths and tracks. Two climbs before a long descent to the outskirts of Dublin City. Possible areas of felled and/or replanted forestry.

Prices / What's Included

Length of Tour Price Per Person ( € ) Single Supplement ( € ) :¹
4 days / 3 nights 399 250 BOOK NOW
5 days / 4 nights 499 300 BOOK NOW
6 days / 5 nights 599 360 BOOK NOW
7 days / 6 nights 699 410 BOOK NOW
8 days / 7 nights 799 450 BOOK NOW
10 days / 9 nights 999 500 BOOK NOW
¹A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person). The total tour price per person requesting a single room is the price per person plus the single supplement.

What’s Included in the Price?

  • Stay in our friendly, family-run guesthouses & hotels
  • Relax in comfortable en-suite bedrooms*
  • Big breakfasts will keep you going all day long
  • Luggage? Don’t worry, we’ll move it for you!
  • Detailed maps, route notes and GPS tracks mean you’ll never get lost
  • Walking directions written and updated by the Hillwalk Tours team
  • Local alternative/supplementary route options based on local knowledge
  • Our waterproof map-case keeps your maps and documents dry
  • If you need to contact us, we’re here 24/7 to help
  • Insider tips on the best places to eat and drink**
  • Explore the local history and culture in our fascinating guides
  • Discover the most interesting attractions on the trail
  • Need info on transport? We’re happy to help

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom

** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.

Transfer Note:

  • Due to a scarcity of accommodation in the more remote parts of the Wicklow Mountains, transfers are in some cases required between the walking trail and your accommodation. The cost of these transfers is built into the price of your tour. However, for larger groups (i.e. 4 walkers or more), additional transfers may be required which can incur a small surcharge. Please contact us for further information.
  • For tours finishing in Marlay Park (Dublin) it is not possible to organise a pre-paid taxi transfer to your accommodation in Dun Laoghaire. However, it is easy to get a taxi and the cost of this transfer has been discounted from your tour price.

Please Note:

We occasionally charge additional supplements on the Wicklow Way for tours starting during the high season. This is due to higher costs involved in booking our upgrade option or in cases where our normal accommodation suppliers do not have availability, and an alternative, more expensive, supplier is sourced with your approval.

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Extra Days/Activities

Give those weary legs some respite and explore some of the other attractions of the Wicklow Mountains!

Glendalough: This spectacular glacial valley with its 6th Century monastic village has a rare spirituality and charm. The scenic hikes around the lakes are a highlight. (Please note that many of our itineraries already include the hike around the lakes as well as one or more days in Laragh / Glendalough which also allow time to visit the valley and sights.)

Dublin (Dún Laoghaire): A vibrant coastal town 12km south of Dublin City Centre built around a 200-year-old harbour, with an abundance of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs. Visit Ireland’s National Maritime Museum or take a dip at the Forty Foot, one of The Ten Best Places to Swim in the World according to the New York Times. Dublin City Centre, with attractions such as The Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and the Book of Kells, is within easy reach by public transport.

Booking Extra Days

  1. Choose WHERE you wish to stay.
  2. Decide HOW MANY NIGHTS you need.
  3. Go to the BOOKING FORM and fill in the ‘Extra Nights Required/Other Requests’ section.

The costs of extra nights during your Wicklow Mountains hiking tour start from €60 per person per night and from €80 for single hikers who will have their own private room. 

You can also add extra nights in some other popular locations in Ireland: Dublin (Dún Laoghaire), Cork, Galway, etc. Please enquire when booking. The costs of these extra nights vary by location and date booked.

Please note that if you book any extra nights in a location not included in your tour itinerary, you will have to make your own arrangements to transfer your bags to this location.


Staying at the very best B&B’s during your time in Ireland can transform a “good” hiking tour into a “great” hiking tour.

That’s why we have personally checked each B&B you will stay at.

As keen hikers ourselves we know you’ll want somewhere relaxing to put your feet up in the evening.

A place where a warm smile from your hosts makes you feel welcome as soon as you step through the door.

If your hiking gear gets wet, it’s nice to know that you can dry it or it may even be taken from you and returned nice and dry the next morning.

Comfy beds, en-suite bathrooms, an interesting breakfast menu – these are all things that we like so you can rest assured that we’ll do our best to find them for you as well.

If you’d like to stay an extra night at any location during your hiking tour, just let us know.

Please Note:

Due to limited accommodation options in some locations on your tour, we may need to book you into an accommodation which will require transfers to/from your hike start/end point or where you will have private bathroom facilities instead of an ensuite. We may also need to book you into the same accommodation for more than one night to cover multiple locations. The cost of this is covered in your basic tour price and will not affect your tour itinerary.

In general, we try to book accommodation which is as close to the local amenities as possible. If you are staying in a remote location (where access to local pubs/restaurants is not feasible), the owner of the B&B that you are staying at will ensure that you are well fed.

Travel Info

Getting to and from your Wicklow Mountains hiking tour is easy… when you know how!

In your hiking pack, you will receive all the necessary public transport information you need to make your journey as convenient as possible.

In the meantime, if you’d like to do some advance planning yourself, here are our tips.

Most starting locations can easily be reached by train or bus, but some may require the use of a taxi.

Please use this link for information regarding current bus and train services.

Departing from Laragh, Enniskerry or Dun Laoghaire/Dublin after your tour:

There are regular transport services that link Laragh, Enniskerry or South Dublin with Dublin City/Dublin Airport

Travelling by car?

If you would like to leave your car at the first or last B&B for the duration of your tour, you can directly contact the B&B owners to check this is possible before the start of your tour. We will provide contact details for the accommodation providers.



About our Ireland Hiking Tours

What is a self-guided hiking tour?

A self-guided hiking tour gives you the freedom to enjoy the wonderful Irish countryside at your own pace. Hiking without a guide, we will provide you with all the resources you need to successfully complete the trail alone or in the company of good friends.

We’ll plan your route, transfer your bags and show you all the best places to visit but you decide whether you want that extra hour in bed in the morning!

Do you offer guided hiking tours?

Guided hiking tours are not available from Hillwalk Tours.

When can we start our Hillwalk Tours hiking holiday?

Generally, our tours can take place between March and October but there are some exceptions. Please see the individual tour pages for information on possible start and end dates of tours.

Does a 7-Day tour include 7 days of hiking?

Our 7-Day tours include 5 days of hiking. The first and last days of all our hiking tours are travel days used to transfer to/from the town where your hike will begin/end. If you would like to hike for 7 days, simply select one of our 9-Day tours.

Does a 7-Day tour include 7 nights of accommodation?

Our 7-Day tours include 6 nights of accommodation – specifically the first 6 nights on your hiking tour. Your tour finishes on the seventh day when you check out of your last B&B.

What is a single supplement?

A single supplement is an additional charge for walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person). The total tour price per person requesting a single room is the price per person plus the single supplement. The supplement covers the extra costs associated with accommodating a single person in their own room.

Can we bring our dog?

It is not possible to bring your dog on Hillwalk Tours hiking holidays. Unfortunately, the majority of our accommodation providers do not accept pets of any kind.

Can we buy bus/train tickets in advance of our trip?

Yes, most bus and train tickets can be purchased online in advance of your trip. Specific transport information is available on the tour pages of each hiking region. See the Travel Info section for each tour for more information.

If we arrive by car, where can we park while we are on our hiking tour?

If you would like to leave your car at the first or last B&B for the duration of your tour, you can directly contact the B&B owners to check this is possible before the start of your tour. We will provide contact details for the accommodation providers.

About Luggage Transfers and Accommodation

Will we have to carry our own bags during our hiking tour?

No, on all our Ireland hiking tours, your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation each day as you walk and will arrive before 4pm. A maximum weight limit of 15 kg per person applies to this luggage transfer service.

What type of accommodation will we be staying in?

You will be staying in traditional Irish Bed & Breakfasts (B&B’s) during your hiking trip. To ensure your comfort, each B&B you will stay in has been personally checked by a member of the Hillwalk Tours team. You can expect a warm welcome, en-suite facilities (where available) and a hearty breakfast each morning. For more details on the accommodation you will be staying in, see the Accommodation section for each tour.

Can we get a list of our accommodation before we leave?

Yes, we normally post out your hiking pack (which includes details of where you will be staying) to your home address one month in advance of the start date of your tour. This can be sent sooner upon request.

Will our B&B be close to the local town/village?

In general, we try to book accommodation which is as close to the local amenities as possible. If you are staying in a remote location (where access to local pubs/restaurants is not feasible), the owner of the B&B that you are staying at will ensure that you are well fed.

Please be aware that occasionally, due to the limited supply of accommodation, we may have to make reservations for you at a nearby B&B and arrange transfers to and from the walking trail accordingly. In most locations, this is not a concern but in certain places, availability can be an issue. For more information, just have a chat with the person who is booking your tour.

What is the difference between a ‘twin’ and a ‘double’ room?

A ‘twin’ room is a room for two people with two separate beds. A ‘double’ room has just one large bed (for two people).

About Your Hiking Pack

What’s included in my hiking pack?

– Route notes (prepared by a member the Hillwalk Tours team who has walked every step of your tour)
– Detailed hiking map(s)
– Waterproof map-case
– A sneak-peak at where you will be staying
– Our tips on the most interesting attractions to visit along the trail
– A look at fascinating local history
– A guide to the best places to eat and drink
– Mountain safety information, emergency contact details & the country code

Do you provide GPS data?

You will find GPS coordinates for each overnight accommodation on your tour in your personalised itinerary, which you will receive upon booking. GPS tracks for your walking route will be provided and available to download prior to your tour. Please note that while we are reasonably confident that the tracks are correct and up-to-date, we recommend that they are not used as the only tool for navigation. The most important means for navigation should be the way markers along the trail, our route notes and the maps we provide in the walking pack.

How many hiking packs are provided?

One hiking pack will be provided per four people. Therefore, for a group of 1 – 4 people, one hiking pack will be sent. For 5 – 8 people, two hiking packs will be sent, etc.

What language will my hiking pack be in?

The contents of your hiking pack (route notes, accommodation information, history, etc.) will all be in English.

About Fitness Levels

How fit do we need to be to take a hiking tour?

We believe that the beauty of the Irish countryside should be enjoyed by everyone. With this in mind, we designed our hiking tours to cater for practically all levels of fitness. Our range of ‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’ and ‘Challenging’ hikes in all regions allows you to decide how far you wish to walk each day. So, whether you are a novice walker or an experienced hiker, we have the tour to suit you.

What is the difference between Gentle, Moderate and Challenging Hiking Tours?

The difference between these tours is the distance that you will hike each day:

  • Gentle tours cover an average of 12-18 km (8-11 miles) per day
  • Moderate tours cover an average of 16-23 km (10-14 miles) per day
  • Challenging Tours cover an average of 22-30 km (14-19 miles) per day

For a more detailed breakdown of how we grade our hiking tours, see the green ‘Tour Grading’ tab at the top of the FAQs section.

Can we take a rest day?

Yes, we are more than happy to organise an additional night for you anywhere you please. Suggestions on interesting places to take a rest day are available on the tour pages of each hiking region. See the Extra Days/Activities section for each tour for more information.

About Money, Flights and Insurance

Will there be ATM/Credit Card facilities along the hiking route?

ATM facilities are available in many of the towns along the route. Credit cards are also accepted by many bar and restaurants. However, we suggest that you also bring a reasonable sum of cash as a back-up.

Do they use the Euro in Ireland?

The currency used in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro (€). The currency used in Northern Ireland is the Pound Sterling (£). Therefore, if you are taking an Antrim hiking tour, you will need Pound Sterling and for all of our other regions, you will need Euro.

Are flights and transport to the start of our hiking tour included?

Flights and transport to the start of your hiking tour are not included in our prices. However, we do provide detailed timetables on how to make it to the start of your hike by public transport on our tour pages. See the Travel Info section for each tour for more information.

Do I need to buy insurance?

Hillwalk Tours strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel.

Tour Grading

Which Ireland Hiking Tour Should You Choose?

Choosing the right hiking tour can be tricky. It’s important to consider the balance of physical challenge and comfort level that you require. To make your decision easier, we have drawn up a menu of Gentle, Moderate and Challenging hiking tours.

Before we explain the difference between the various grades, it is important to note that each hiking tour within a specific region follows the same official hiking trail. For example, if you choose to go walking in Kerry, it doesn’t matter whether you pick a ‘Gentle’ tour or a ‘Challenging’ tour – you will still be walking along the official ‘Kerry Way’ trail. To make these walking trails more accessible to all walkers, we have either 1) picked out the sections of the walking trails that are less demanding or 2) shortened the average daily hike between accommodations.

  1. Same Trail, Easier Sections: In Kerry, our ‘Gentle’ tours are restricted to the less demanding sections of the Kerry Way while our ‘Challenging’ tours cover the entire trail including the most difficult sections.
  2. Same Trail, Shorter Distances: In Wicklow, you can walk the entire trail on a 7-Day Challenging Tour or a 10-Day Gentle Tour. However, while the Challenging tour requires you to keep up a brisk pace of 27km (17 miles) per day, the Gentle tour has a more leisurely average of just over 16km (10 miles) per day.

Below is a general overview of each tour grading level. Note that the figures for ‘Average Daily Hike’ and ‘Hiking Time’ may vary between regions. Poor weather conditions can affect the average hiking time which is based on a person of normal fitness walking at a moderate speed of around 4km/h (2.5 mph). The hiking time takes into account the terrain covered but not the time required for lunch stops, photos, etc. For more details on daily distances, the level of ascent and the terrain the trail crosses; refer to the itinerary page of each individual tour.


12-18km (8-11 miles) 3-6 hours
Our Gentle Hiking Tours are designed with the part-time hiker in mind. While you can still expect some climbs, these tours offer the shortest average daily hikes, which in turn means less ups and downs. This will give you plenty time to enjoy the sights and scenery, take photos, have a long lunch and, if necessary, negotiate the more tricky sections of a walk.


16-23km (10-14 miles) 4-7 hours
Our Moderate Hiking Tours will suit people who are used to some regular exercise or who have done some previous hiking. They offer longer but still manageable daily hikes and should give you a little more of a challenge without going beyond your limits. There will be more climbs in a day but harder days are generally followed by easier ones. Of course, you will also still have time for a relaxed lunch and to take photos.


22-30km (14-19 miles) 5-9 hours
Our Challenging Hiking Tours are designed for the experienced hiker or those walkers who love a good challenge. They offer the longest daily hikes with more elevation gain and will often test your endurance by having you walk all day. Of course, as with all of our tours there will be a hot shower and the finest local hospitality waiting at the end of your walk to re-charge your batteries each evening.

How To Book

How do I book my hiking holiday?

1. Simply select your preferred hiking region in Ireland

2. Choose the type of hiking tour you want to take: ‘Gentle’, ‘Moderate’ or ‘Challenging’

3. Next, identify the number of days you want to spend on your hiking tour

4. Click the ‘Make a Booking’ button on the top right of our webpage

5. Finally, fill out our booking form and make a €100 deposit per person

What happens after I make a booking?

1. If you paid by credit card, you will receive an e-mail within 24 hours verifying receipt of your booking form and deposit payment. In this email, you will be asked to confirm your tour details. If you paid by bank transfer, payment will take a few days to reach us. Therefore you will receive your email confirmation and request to confirm your tour details shortly after we have assigned the bank payment to your booking form. In this case, you may receive an automatic email outlining that a booking form has been received, but no deposit has been received – you can disregard this email.

2. Once your confirmation is received that all details on your booking form are correct, we will begin making the arrangements for your tour. Therefore, the sooner you send us this confirmation, the sooner we can start to book your tour.

3. After all the arrangements for your tour have been confirmed (this process normally takes seven to ten working days) you will be sent a breakdown of the balance outstanding for your tour and a due date for payment.

4. Once your final payment has been received, we will send you an e-mail confirming receipt.

5. Your walking pack will be posted to your home address at least one month in advance of the start date of your tour (arrangements can be made to post this sooner if necessary). If the tour start date is less than one month away, your walking pack will be posted to your first B&B for you to collect upon arrival. If this is the case, you will also be sent soft copies of your walking pack documents by email.

What are the payment options?

Deposits and Final Payments can be made using:

1. Credit Card – through PayPal, used by 180 million people worldwide to make secure online credit card payments. Please note if you have opened a PayPal account at any stage in the past, you must log in to your account in order to make the payment.

2. Bank Transfer – please contact us for the required account details.

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Please note: A detailed ‘Recommended Equipment List’ will be included in your walking pack

◻ WATERPROOF JACKET AND OVER-TROUSERS – You never know when you will need protection from wind and rain – so prepare for unpredictable weather by packing a waterproof, breathable jacket and over-trousers.

◻ BASE LAYER – This is what you wear against your skin and the best options are breathable and wicking fabrics instead of cotton. They will move moisture away from the skin so that you feel more comfortable when you are walking.

◻ FLEECE – It keeps you warm in ethe cooler months and on top of the hills, and will allow you to shed layers when you are working hard in the summer.

◻ LIGHT AND COMFORTABLE TROUSERS – Make sure you choose trousers that are stretchy or allow enough space to move your legs freely. Denims are not suitable for hill walking and dry very slowly once they get wet.

◻ WICKING SOCKS – Choose non-cotton socks that fit well and will move moisture away from your feet to stop them feeling sweaty. This will help to reduce the likelihood of blisters and ‘hot spots’.

◻ FOOTWEAR – We recommend that you bring comfortable, waterproof, lightweight shoes or boots, that provide good ankle support and offer good grip on rock, grass and mud. Remember that the trails in many of our regions, but especially along the west coast of Ireland, can become quite wet and muddy, after periods of rain. Additionally, if you are taking a walking tour in the Burren, the West of Ireland or Dingle, we recommend you choose your footwear carefully and bring something suitable to prolonged sections of asphalt hiking. Our tip: If you buy new boots for your holiday make sure to try them out on one or two longer walks before your tour!

◻ BACKPACK / RUCKSACK (with Waterproof Cover or liner) – To store all your essentials and keep them dry – including extra layers of clothing, your waterproofs, first aid kit, camera and your lunch, snacks and drinks. Don’t forget how important it is to stay hydrated and bring at least 1 – 2 litres of water per person each day, depending on the weather!

◻ WARM HAT & GLOVES – They can be essential in many regions, even in the summer, at higher altitudes and on exposed places.

◻ CASH – Bring enough for the duration of your tour/hike as ATM/cash machine & credit card services may be limited.

◻ FIRST AID KIT & FOIL BLANKET– It’s a good idea to have a small, basic first aid kit to deal with little injuries such as sprains, scrapes, cuts and blisters. Good things to bring are plasters & wound dressings, sterile cleansing wipes, pain killers, tweezers (for splinters & ticks), bandages, zinc oxide tape or elastoplast tape (for blisters or sprains) and a foil rescue blanket to keep you warm (or cool) in case of an accident.

◻ WHISTLE & TORCH – In the very unlikely event you need to signal for help (whistle) or if your walk takes longer than expected and you end up walking in the dark (torch).

◻ MOBILE PHONE – We recommend that you bring or purchase a mobile/cell phone. It will allow you to contact your accommodation and transfer providers from the trail and call for help in an emergency.

  • Visitors from other European Countries: Most European billpay and prepay customers can use ‘roaming’ in Ireland and Northern Ireland, but check with your operator for the best rates before you travel.
  • Visitors from the United States, Canada and elsewhere: Make sure that you have a GSM/UMTS phone compatible with European networks and a roaming service / suitable phone plan for the country you are travelling to (Ireland, or the UK for our Antrim Walks). If your phone is unlocked and GSM/UMTS compatible, you can also purchase an Irish or UK SIM card from a variety of mobile phone stores and supermarkets and use it in your own phone.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase a cheap pre-pay phone when you arrive. It is possible to buy a basic pre-pay phone for as little as €20 or £15. You can then top-up with vouchers or a credit/debit card.
  • Make sure your phone is fully charged before you start your walk. You might not always have a phone signal on the trail but, in general, the level of coverage is quite good.

◻ PLUG ADAPTER (/CONVERTER) – Three square pin plugs are used in Ireland and the UK – voltage is 230V.



◻ SUN CREAM, SUNGLASSES AND SUNHAT (April to Sept) – Let’s hope you’ll need those!

◻ MIDGE/INSECT REPELLENT & MIDGE NET (May to September only) – More important for Scotland, but can also be useful for other regions. Our tip: Avon ‘Skin So Soft’ moisturising cream – it’s not made specifically for midges but we find it works better and is also cheaper.

◻ CAMERA – Vital for capturing photos of the stunning scenery along your trip, which help you brag to your friends about your holiday.

◻ COMPASS – A compass (and the ability to use it) is a good idea but not a requirement for our Irish tours.

◻ WALKING POLES – Assist forward movement, reduce impact on your knees, and help with balance in difficult terrain. A pair is best but many hikers also just use one.

◻ GAITERS – By covering your upper boot and lower leg these help to keep your feet and trousers dry in wet grass and boggy terrain.

◻ EARPLUGS – We know how important it is to get a good night’s rest. However, as there may be other guests in the guesthouse with different plans for their night, we recommend bringing a pair of earplugs to ensure sweet dreams!

During Your Tour

When will my room be available?

Your room will be ready each day from 4pm at the latest and sometimes sooner.

What time will my luggage arrive at?

Your luggage will arrive by 4pm each day.

What types of breakfasts are available?

Both continental breakfast and hot breakfasts are available every morning.

Where can I get a packed lunch? Can I pick this up along the trail?

Packed lunches should be purchased each morning from your accommodation hosts or a nearby shop before you start your walk as you may not pass any shops/cafes during the day.

Where can I get an evening meal?

You can generally buy an evening meal in one of the local restaurants, cafes or pubs close to your accommodation. If there aren’t any restaurants/cafes/pubs in the local area, evening meals can be obtained from your host.

Will there be drying facilities at my accommodation?

The majority of accommodation hosts will be able to assist you in drying your clothes and boots.

What is the difference between kilometres and miles?

1 kilometre = 0.62 mile
1 mile = 1.61 kilometres

How do I deal with animals on my hike?

In Ireland, many hiking trails are on private land. This means that farmers still have their cattle grazing in the same fields. Some cattle may look intimidating. However, don’t worry, you will find these animals are actually quite timid. Continue walking in a normal fashion (do not run) and you should have no problems.

Here are a few other tips to avoid any issues when dealing with cattle on your hike:
– Don’t walk between cows and their calves if possible
– Walk around cattle not through the middle of them
– Calves and young bullocks are very curious and may even run towards you. Don’t worry, jump up and shout and they will run away again.

Will I have cell phone reception?

Most areas have cell phone reception, even while you are hiking. However, you may pass through some remote areas where reception will be either limited or unavailable entirely.

Will our accommodation have Wi-Fi connection?

Yes, in most Bed and Breakfast’s Wi-Fi is available.

Are the trails clearly way-marked?

Yes, most routes are very clearly way-marked with a marker directly before and after each turn. Sections of the Antrim Glens & Coastline are poorly way-marked.


Ireland, known as the Emerald Isle, enjoys a mild, maritime climate, due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. The warmest months are July and August with temperature averages between 16 and 20°C. Rain falls throughout the year and the weather in Ireland can change very quickly. Annual rainfall in the mountains and the west can be more than 2,000mm, but many other areas receive an average of less than 1,000mm. The driest months are April, May and June.