6 Of The Best Hikes In Ireland

June 24, 2018 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY June 24, 2018

What are some of the best hikes in Ireland? We get asked this question a lot and, as we’re experts in all things Ireland hiking related, we trust that we can point people in the right direction. From shorter day hikes to multi-day hiking experiences, we’ve got the inside scoop on the best place to go to get your hiking and nature fix.

1. Kerry Way

Any list of the best hikes in Ireland has to include the Kerry Way. At 214km in length, this is Ireland’s longest hiking trail. It’s nestled in the southwest of Ireland and has such a variety of scenery.

Take in the coastal scenery as you stand by dramatic sea cliffs. Quaint villages dot the route, inhabited by incredibly friendly locals and plenty of traditional Irish pubs.

Fancy a wander inland? Experience the majesty of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, as you trek through the remote black valley. The Kerry Way is certainly one of the best and most diverse places to go hiking in Ireland.

Beginner hike in Kerry

2. Dingle Way

The Dingle Way, located very close to the Kerry Way, is a hike in Ireland that truly takes you back to the roots of what Ireland is about. Beautiful coastal scenery, beaches, tiny laneways, fascinating history and traditional grub await you.

In 2006, Dingle was recognised as ‘The Most Beautiful Place In The World’ by National Geographic magazine, and you can experience it for yourself.

It’s so beautiful, in fact, that some of the newer Star Wars movies were filmed on the headland of Ceann Sibeal as well as on the nearby coastal island of Skellig Michael.

So it’s no surprise that the Dingle Way is also the most popular hiking trail in Ireland.

Skellig Michael - Ireland's islands

3. Wicklow Way

The Wicklow Way is conveniently located just south of Dublin, and so is quite easy for travellers coming from Dublin airport to get there.

One of the most notable places to visit is Glendalough Valley, where St. Kevin established a monastery in the 6th century. He took full advantage of the peace, tranquility and beauty that oozes from Glendalough, and many visitors experience the same thing.

Beautiful mountain and lake scenery await you on this very popular trail that finishes or starts in Marlay Park, Dublin City. 

Wicklow National Park

4. Connemara

Connemara is in the far west of Ireland. It’s a region that combines part of both County Galway and County Mayo – the most beautiful parts.

With what seems like more sheep than people, Connemara truly is a hike for those looking for some peace and solitude.

With small traditional Irish villages and quaint towns along the way, Connemara is an excellent place to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Ireland.

Connemara - one of the best hikes in Ireland

5. Antrims Glens & Coastlines

The Antrim Glens & Coastline is, of course, a coastal route in the north of Northern Ireland.

It includes the wondrous Giant’s Causeway – a unique basalt rock formation – and the breath-taking Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge.

The route also takes in some fantastic beaches, offers you the chance to visit some remote islands and exposes you to the incredible variety of wildlife that calls the coastline its home.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

6. Burren Way

The Burren Way – famous for its unique, karst landscape and world-famous Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs, some of the most impressive sea cliffs in Europe run for a lengthy 8km along Clare’s coast, providing you with ample opportunity to get some alone time to experience their might.

The Burren is some to some interesting plant life too. Flowers from the Mediterranean and the Arctic grow side-by-side here, making it a field day for botanists.

We hope that you enjoyed this guide to 6 Of The Best Hikes In Ireland. If you are interested in an Ireland hiking tour – check out our range of self-guided tours.