Little-Known Facts About Popular Ireland, Scotland & England Hiking Trails

December 10, 2019 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY December 10, 2019

If I were to say Ireland, Scotland or England to you, you’d have a picture of those places in your head.

Ireland: Green, cliffs and leprechauns.

Scotland: Wild, rugged and men in kilts.

England: Open countryside, quaint hamlets and history.

But what about getting into the nitty gritty of those countries? The little-known facts about each of our tour regions that really make those places unique.

Dingle Way

Inch Strand is actually a 5km-long beach on the Dingle Way The dunes on this beach hide shipwrecks and ancient stone-age settlements.

Want to find out more?

Walking along a beach on the Dingle Way

Beara Way

The population of Bere Island on the Beara Way is 210 people. A census shows a population of 2,122 in the years before the Great Famine.

Interested in more Beara history?

Lighthouse on the Beara Way

Wicklow Way

In the 6th Century, Saint Kevin sought solitude and contemplation in the tranquil valley of Glendalough. His followers built a monastery there which became on of the most important centres of monastic learning in Europe.

Want to experience that tranquility that made Saint Kevin settle here?

Glendalough Valley

Kerry Way

Look out for the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks when you’re on this trail, although they’re not hard to miss.

They are Ireland’s highest mountain range, containing 9 of Ireland’s 10 highest mountains. Carrantouhill, Ireland’s highest mountain, is nestled in this mountain range.

Think you can tackle this strenuous hike?

The MacGillycuddy's Reeks along the Kerry Way

West of Ireland/Connemara

Dun Aengus is on the island of Inis Mor (Inishmore) on the Aran Islands. It has been described as ‘the most impressive barbaric monument in Europe’.

It was presumably built in an oval shape, however eroded cliffs mean that much of that oval is now on the seabed.

Fancy exploring this ancient monument?

Dun Aengus, part of the West of Ireland/Connemara tour

Antrim Glens and Coastline

Probably not a little-known fact, but a lot of Game of Thrones is filmed in Antrim.

Why not see for yourself?

Game of Thrones - the Dark Hedges

Sheep’s Head Way

It’s not just sheep that you’ll find on the Sheep’s Head Way….

Countryside pictures of the Sheep's Head Way, with horses

Burren Way

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited Tourist attraction, with one million visitors each year. Given that the entire population is just 4.5 million, that number is quite impressive.

Want to be visitor one million and one?

Hiking images of the Cliffs of Moher

West Highland Way

The Clachann Inn claims to be the oldest pub in Scotland, having been licensed since 1734.

Maybe you should go and check it out?

Walkers on the West Highland Way

Great Glen Way

The Great Glen Way takes in Loch Ness, so you might be lucky (or unlucky) enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie.

Want a sighting of Nessie?

Loch Ness Monster on the Great Glen Way

Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way takes its name from Rob Roy MacGregor, a scottish folk hero who had quite an interesting life, to say the least.

Would you like to follow in his footsteps?

Sunset in the Trossachs National Park

Speyside Way Whisky Trail

The Speyside Way is primarily known as the route from Buckie to Aviemore but there are a number of possible add-on sections including the Dufftown Loop, Tomintoul Spur and Newtonmore extension. 

Interested in great hiking and whisky tasting?

Whisky Trail Scotland

Fife Coastal Path

This beautiful coastal trail is a relatively new one having been created in 2002 and originally called the East Fife Coastal Path. It originally ran from North Queensferry to Tayport and this “bridge-to-bridge” route is still the most poplar to walk.

Fancy exploring the best coastal trail in Scotland?

Fife Coastal Path

South West Coast Path

The record for completing the 1,014km (630 mile) South West Coast Path is currently held by ultra-runner Kristian Morgan who set a time of 10 days, 12 hours and 6 minutes in 2020.

Walk the best of the South West Coast Path

Hiking in Cornwall

Cotswold Way

The unique honey-coloured buildings found along the Cotswold Way are as a result of the mellow locally quarried variety of limestone known as Cotswold Stone. 

Ready to explore the charms of the Cotswolds?

Cotswold Way

South Downs Way

The Seven Sisters cliffs found at the end of the South Downs Way are often used as filming locations for the White Cliffs of Dover as they have been allowed to erode naturally and therefore have kept their bright white colour whereas the Cliffs of Dover have been protected due to the nearby port and thus now have more vegetation growth covering them.

Fancy a visit to the Seven Sisters?

Hadrian’s Wall Path

Hadrian’s Wall was abandoned just a couple of decades after construction was completed and replaced by a wall even further north – the Antonine Wall. This wall was subsequently abandoned and replaced by Hadrian’s Wall for its purpose.

Want to retrace 2,000 years of history?

Roman ruins along Hadrian's Wall path