9 Most Scenic Hiking Trails In Ireland - Updated 2021

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Ireland is not only an island but also the third-largest country in Europe. It home to world-famous breweries such as Smithwick, also known as Kenny, Harp Lager, and Guinness. It is an island blessed with scenic views, outstanding nature reserves and is also known for its calm vibe. Ireland is home to some of the best-rated places to visit, including the Cliffs of Moher, an area of pristine beauty. For history buffs, the Rock of Cashel offers a taste of culture and history of Ireland. Visit the Powerscourt and gardens and marvel at the beauty and serenity of this special grounds. If you happen to pass by a restaurant, you have to taste Ireland traditional dishes with likes of boxty, coddle or colcannon. Read on to find more about the most scenic hiking trails in Ireland.

1. Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail

Starting from Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail is an 11-mile (18-kilometer) long hike, ending in Liscannor. It takes about two hours to complete this amazing trail. It is a coastal trail that takes you through the cliffs of Moher, a popular tourist destination. It is a relatively difficult trail and not recommended for a hike when it is too foggy. Despite the risks and difficulties, the trail is best known for its magnificent views. It is the best trail to challenge yourself with a half-day hiking expedition.

Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail

Address:Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail, Fisher St, Ballyvara, Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland

Website: Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

2. Howth Peninsula (from USD 60.0)

Explore the coastal shores of the Howth Peninsula as you challenge yourself on a four-hour trekking adventure. Trek through the woodlands, passing along the cliffs, mapping the scenic picturesque of this amazing area. Get to learn Irish history as you listen to tales about the Celts, Normans, Druids and how the Vikings lived in this beautiful area. It is a relatively easy trail for any hiker to enjoy. Come and spend half-day venturing out into Ireland backyard.

Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour

Duration: 4 hours

7 reviews

3. Glendalough 'White' Route

If you ‘are looking for a tough trail to challenge yourself, Glendalough ‘White” Route is the perfect trail for you. This exigent trail is 9 kilometers (6 miles) long, taking a total of three hours to complete. It is a strenuous rocky trek, located in Wicklow. It is a moderate-level trail, with spectacular views at the top. This trail is primarily used for birdwatching, nature trips, hiking and walking throughout the year.

Glendalough 'White' Route

Address:Glendalough, Wicklow

4. Torc Waterfall Walk

Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry (506630) (27991640160)
Source: Photo by user Robert Linsdell used under CC BY 2.0

Nestled near Killarney, the Torc Waterfall Walk is a 6.3 kilometers (4 miles) long trail that is commonly used for birdwatching, walking, running and hiking. Go to marvel at the undisturbed beauty of the woody and lush green area before heading to the Torc Waterfall. This trail is the perfect route for beginners and armature hikers to explore while enjoying hiking with family or as a group.

Torc Waterfall Walk

Address:Rossnahowgarry, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Website: Torc Waterfall Walk

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

5. Torc Moutain

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If you are looking for a refreshing side of Ireland, Torc mountain is one of the best spots in Ireland for you. It is a famous and strenuous mountain hike that is best known for its panoramic scenery. The mountain shares the same name as the Torc Waterfall. At the base, the trail features a boarded path beginning from Torc Waterfall. This trail is 8-kilometer (5 mi) long trail and takes about 90 minutes to explore with steps near a vertical climb.

Torc Moutain

Address:Rossnahowgarry, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Website: Torc Moutain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

6. Croagh Patrick Pilgrim Trail

The Patrick Pilgrim trail is an uphill hike up the Croagh Patrick mountains, which is no simple task. It is a 7-kilometer (4.3 mi) strenuous trail that is loved by most experienced hikers. As you head up the mountain, you get to marvel at the surrounding landscape from a point just above the Clew Bay. The joy of these challenging trails overwhelms all when they get to reach the iconic Croagh Patric Mountain peak.

Croagh Patrick Pilgrim Trail

Address: Teevenacroaghy, Co. Mayo, Ireland

7. Crone Wood and Maulin Mountain

Located on the northwestern side of the Wicklow Mountains, the Crone Woods features a variety of forested trails. It is an 8.5-kilometer (5 miles) long loop trail that offers spectacular views. The Croon wood trails are difficult, but a challenge that can be tackled easily. This woody, lightly trafficked trail features a cool and relaxed spot for all those who love trekking, birdwatching, and hiking.

Crone Wood and Maulin Mountain

Address:Wicklow Way, Crone, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Website: Crone Wood and Maulin Mountain

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

8. Connemara National Park (from USD 23.0)

Fill your hiking bag with all you need and prepare for a full day escapade attempting to explore the Connemara National Park. The park offers a variety of walking trails, best suited for hikers of all levels. Marvel at the abundance of life, breathtaking scenery all while enjoying the various nature trails. During this escapade, a two-course lunch is included at the Connemara Tea Rooms. It takes 12 hours to completely explore this scenic natural park.

Full-day Connemara National Park Self-Guided Tour from Galway

Duration: 12 hours

9. Carrauntoohil (from USD 57.0)

The Carruntoohil trail is a single day hiking trail, located near the peak of Killarney. It is a 1040-meter (3,412 feet) climb, taking hikers to the best countryside spot with breathtaking views of the area. This tail is a rather challenging climb, not recommended for novice hikers unless you are up for the challenge. The allure of this amazing trail falls is the rocky landscapes, lush forests, and shimmering lakes.

Carrauntoohil Guided Hiking Tour

Duration: 1 day

5 reviews

Explore the natural beauty of Ireland

Connemara National Park; vom Diamond Hill zum Ballynakill Habour
Source: Photo by user JoachimKohlerBremen used under CC BY-SA 4.0

If you love hiking or you are thinking of trying out hiking here is a tip for you. As you visit Ireland, be sure to have this list by your side. With this list of both easy and challenging trails, become your own guide and explore the hidden natural beauty of Ireland.

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