Explore the best hiking 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Excellent trail. Easy to find and the road to the park is beautiful. Enjoy every step of the way.

Completed on Sept. 13 2017. Wonderful hike! My sister and I have hiked in lots of locations around the world, we both agreed that this one was incredibly unique. Views of ruins, lakes, wildlife including sheep, deer and goats. Do the hike counterclockwise around lake. Makes summiting the mountain much more enjoyable!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

One of my favorite places on Earth, so far. I hiked the cliff walk with my daughter and it was beautiful and so peaceful. Be sure to carry a light rain jacket, since you never know when there will be a light sprinkle. I love Greystones.

backpacking
20 days ago

Easy to get to from Dublin. I took the DART from Connolly Station, about 30-35 minutes, and 6.15 Euro for a return. Not a bad deal. After enjoying the piers, walk to the end of the shops away from the station and follow the road uphill. You will eventually come to the start of the trail. You are in for spectacular views from the cliffs for about the next 2-3 miles. There is a treacherous path of old steps down to a secret beach close to the 5 mile point, but I'll say no more - It wouldn't be a secret then, would it? Just keep your eyes open for offshoot paths.

From the halfway point, the views are fewer as you move into the greenery, but lots of delicious wild blackberries to snack on as a consolation prize. When you turn inland, you should be keen to enjoy the woods, and crossing a road and a golf course. Past the golf course, the trail starts to get well worn again, and you're on the home stretch, through the neighborhoods of the village and down to the bus stop right across from the DART station.

Great hike, if a little boring at the end, but you could easily go the other way, and get the boring stuff over right away.

Slainte!

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail, took about 45 min with stopping and wondering. We parked and started to right side which took us to the "gates" first. Didn't encounter many people which was nice to just listen to the birds and other nature sounds. In the back was a pretty cool waterfall.

We went counter clockwise around the lake and were glad we did. Amazing views of the lakes in the valley! It was dry at the bottom but walking along the ridge at the top it rained a lot. It is Ireland afterall, so we were prepared with rain gear and still had a great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Very good trail for beginners, my suggestion is to do it clockwise for that way the way up to the top is less steep although a bit longer. Do it the other way around if you wish a bit of a climb! Really good viewpoints.

This hike is absolutely beautiful, but it was harder than I thought. It's not the length, but the hike does gain elevation fairly quickly, and you are walking up stone steps with water trickling down them and strong winds buffeting you from all sides.
But the views at the top are absolutely worth the struggle. You get 360 degrees of amazing wild, Irish landscapes. You can even see the Atlantic Ocean!
It took me about an hour to the top, with several stops, and half an hour to get down.

hiking
1 month ago

Mt. Errigal stands apart above the abundant peat bogs of Donegal. There is a small carpark at the bottom of the track. The start is through very boggy terrain beside a small steam and it is slippy, dirty progress until the firm exposed weathered rock of the ridgeline. It gets steeper at this stage but the ascent is short and the top is soon reached.

You will probably need to imagine the view as it is likely to be hidden.

The descent is easy and fast. If you haven't done quite enough then bearing left and over the bealach to the slopes of Mackoght will probably take you away from the others on the hillside and offers a different perspective.

hiking
1 month ago