my boyfriend and I are going to Ireland 2 weeks in August and are looking forward to do some serious hiking. Where can we find the most amazing walks in the country? Any suggestions? We are pretty experienced hikers, not afraid to climb some hills if necessary. Any suggestions are welcome!
My favourite walks / hikes were the Kerry Way and the Wicklow Way all of them can be taking as day hikes or a week / 9 days hike.
Which part of Ireland are you starting in?
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 11, 2008, at 12:55 AM by Rraven ]
Well, we're flying in to Dublin and then we don't really have any plans yet. I was thinking about the southwestern parts, maybe, but nothing's decided yet.
well for south west , Kerry would be perfect, its very scenic, the full walk is advised for about 9 days but you can normally do it in less, on the way you can either camp or stay in hostels and BN'BS , one is above the pub at the top of the hill. The people there are so friendly......... it gives you time to either to do more hiking or you could also explore Galway and the Arran Islands. There is some good walks ways around the burren also.
Ive been in Co.Kerry for past mth doing hiking and would definitely recommend it here, there is loads to choose from, from casual 2hr strolls to quite demanding 8hr treks.(and as mentioned Kerry Way)
My favorites so far were Mangerton Mountain and Barraboy Ridge but even the walks round Killarney National Pk are nice.
Kerry Tourist Board sell a good book called Kerry Walks it contains 20hikes of different levels and cost 7.95euro so might be worth you getting if you do come to Kerry.
If you have any questions just ask, hopefully I should be able to help, if I cant I should be able to find out for you.
Have fun, the weathers been good and scenery is amazin!
If you're flying into Dublin maybe you should try the Wicklow Way first (as it's closest) www.wicklowway.com. After the Wicklow Way there is also the Barrow Walk, which is not at all strenuous and follows the course of the River Barrow through counties Kildare, Carlow and into Kilkenny. Actually the website www.walkireland.ie is probalbly your best resourse for finding which routes will suit you best.
My b/f is from Belfast and brags about hiking in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. Apparently that's a really good hike--with beautiful views.
I went hiking in the Mourne Mountains earlier in the year and it was lovely, with great views indeed. If you choose to do a day walk here I would plan to do a longer rather than shorter walk and get off the beaten track as the obvious path from Newcastle up Slieve Donard is rather busy.
Thank you all for your advice! I have been reading a lot about Wicklow Way, and it made me wonder since it's so easily accessible - is it really worth spending time doing it, or are there other, more spectacular walks, that are harder to get to but more worthwile in terms of awesome views etc. ?
I think we will try to get down to Kerry as soon as we get to Ireland, and Dingle Peninsula to start with. Is that a good choice? What is the best way to get there? Train? Bus? Should I book in advance? I was doing quite a bit of hitchhiking in Ireland about 10 years ago (oh my, I'm getting old!!!), would you consider hitching safe/reliable as means of transportation?
I was also wondering about accomodation. We are planning to use our own tent as much as possible, and hostels/B&Bs only when necessary. How are camping possibilities down there, and in general around Ireland?
All input is appreciated, thanks a lot in advance!!!
...I was also wondering about Mourne Mountains. That's in Northern Ireland, right? Is it easy to get there from Dublin?