Explore the most popular birding trails in Ireland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 day ago

Beautiful walk

Wind farm is an eye sore. if this wasnt here it would be beautiful. May not bother others but its just not for me

Amazing views especially in good weather with a nice breeze along the ridge. Really enjoyed it.

Ahhhh, the faeries, no doubt!

Great climb, moderately challenging, more difficult if the weather was poor (we had great weather). Fabulous views of Lough Tay from the top. Easy descent. Highly recommended.

Great hike with lovely views. We went clockwise and loved the views, easy enough with a couple of tough spots.
Highly recommended.

Lovely walk across the limestone shelf. Great views, and the little church and well (signposted about half way round) are just beautiful. Highly recommend visiting the Burren Perfumery nearby too. A great day!

very steep at start up from car park but easy walk for next t
wo thirds and final third again steep but now down hill... not a place for buggies or people with poor mobility

We were a bit nervous as we left Cronin's yard because of all the warning signs and memorials at the trail head. But I'm glad that we marched on as it was a great 6hr hike with epic views. We recommend going up the devil's ladder but going down the zig zag for a safer route back down. Be sure to watch your steps as people trip and fall regularly. As we hiked up the ladder, we came across a woman who had trip going down from the summit and looked pretty scratched up... Just be careful and check the weather before heading to make sure you don't get caught in rain, fog or high winds. It can get very slippery since most of the hike is on rocks. Unless you're expecienced, we wouldn't recommend doing it in the winter or in bad weather. Besides, you'll miss all the stunning scenery!

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

Tough trail. You'll want to be confident in your hand and foot work for this trail. Ideally, wait for the weather to turn clear on the mountain - we went on a cloudy day and it was all wet above Devil's ladder.

The ladder isn't especially difficult for a seasoned scrambler, but it's high consequence due to the exposure, and can easily become soaked in rainy or cloudy conditions. Be very careful and choose your descent path on the ladder well.

Pack or wear a rain jacket and a lunch for the summit, since you'll want to leave early. Dogs not welcome on this trail.

easy

Nice well paved river path that brings you close to the city centre with lovely bird viewing. Continue along O'Callahan Strand for duck & swan viewing & feeding, great for the kids, and onto Clancy's strand for the Treaty stone, King John's Castle and other historical sights.

hiking
1 month ago

A boggy start to the trail, and a good bit of scrambling but the views from the top well worth it!!

Nice walk through the forest.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was not as we expected. The initial part is pretty and tree covered along a creek, but there is litter everywhere! There was no toilet or rubbish bins despite it being a popular destination, and there was used toilet paper and other trash all along the first part of the trail to the waterfall. After we passed the waterfall, we hiked to an area where all the trees were cut down and only stumps remained. The second half of the trail was a dirt road lined with dead trees and stumps from the clear cutting. I would not recommend this trail!!!

hiking
1 month ago

The first half of the hike was ok, but the second half was on a paved road. The trail signs made no sense and there were biting flies.

such an amazing trail to do, I would recommend to do the opposite going first to Greystones using public transport and then going to Bray...

easy for most of the trail. some uneven rocky bits particularly at the beginning of the Derrycunnihy church to Torc section. lots of up and down. beautiful day, we did the two car method, drove to killarney left one car there, then on to kenmare and walked from there. needed lots of water to drink along the way, took just under 5 hours.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was incredible.

The trails are confusing, so hopefully I can help a bit. The trail shown on the above map is if you walk from the town if Killarney. If you drive to the upper lot of the falls, you have a few options.
Torc Mountain Waterfall has 3 main routes.
Yellow (easy/shortest)
Blue (moderate)
Red (longest and most difficult)
I did the red, which also includes part of the yellow and blue.
Red is a 3 mile loop that took me about and hour and 20 minutes (with photo stops). It is a big downhill potion towards the lake, then you follow the lake for a bit, then you hit the locally named “Cardiac Steps”. It is about 1 mile of straight up, switchback, rock staircase. I am from Colorado, USA and these are steep. Many steps were at knee height.
After that you follow the ridge back to the car lot. Incredible views (I could not have asked for a clearer day) shady most of the way, and absolutely breathtaking.
One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Unfortunately you cannot summit from here, you have to do the Torc Mountain trail for that, but you get plenty high!

amazing for mountain bikers

Lovely views , went up with a 2 year old , well worth a hike

1) Don't be put off by the distance, there are many paths in the park and you could do 1km or 20km without much doubling back. We walked through the beech grove to the loop around Bonaveen point which was about 7km.

2) This is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on the road from Dublin to Galway. I highly recommend it. There is a field around the car park to play with the kids. Peaceful walks around the park are abundant as well if you need to get away. We saw 2 other parties over 2 hours of walking on a Sunday afternoon.

3) I would rate the walk easy. There is not much change in elevation and the paths are all paved with gravel or asphalt; there is little danger of losing your way. If you are looking for the authentic wilderness experience though, look elsewhere.

4) The toilets at the trail head needed some maintenance at the time I was there.

Stunning views from the top of the Ridge of Capard, the boardwalk makes the walk so much easier on our decent we took the trial down to Glenbarrow waterfall. Approximately a 10km loop in total. We met no one along the route so it’s really peaceful and quiet

lovely easy walk.

Lovely walk... super busy though on a Sunday.

Beautifull walk, breathtaking views and not very difficult so perfecf for relaxing sunday

This was an amazing hike with beautiful views. You need to make sure that you are prepared physically and mentally for this hike. It is difficult--take your time and stay safe! I definitely underestimated the amount of loose rocks.

We also sawany mountian rescue vehicles and the Irish coast guard out during out hike to rescue someone.

Spectacular views and fabulous weather.Gets very busy as the day progresses. I couldn’t believe the amount of people who wear flip flops on this walk, you need good footwear for this walk.

Fun. The board tracks take time getting used to but they are necessary for wet conditions I’m sure

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