Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Very short but nice park

4 months ago

Nice and easy walk

5 months ago

Worth it in the end, but don't make a loop out of it. Stay on the marked (eastern) trail and make it an out-and-back. Great for pictures!

Beautiful forest and trails past the Torc Waterfall.

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.

This trail is absolutely beautiful, especially for someone like me who's not used to seeing so much greenery. Once you get to the Torc Waterfall, which is about 5 minutes from the car park, you can choose 1 of 3 paths: blue, yellow, or red. I did most of the blue path, which is considered the "moderate" one, and takes about an hour. The red is hard and takes you all the way up Torc Mountain. For the blue trail, it's only a little steep from the waterfall until the paths split, then it's easy and gorgeous. It crosses over the road, so you can continue along Muckross Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was slightly rainy when I went, so I didn't get to see the amazing views that these trails are known for. But it's still gorgeous scenery and so peaceful.

great spot...great views and nice challenging walk and ideal for kids...took about 2 hours with kids

10 months ago

Lovely walk close to where I stayed at Croan Cottages. I would love to do this walk daily if I lived near by.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

lovely walk

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This was our first hike when we were in Ireland. We wanted to go up to the top of Galtymore Mountain, but the lack of signs or trails put a halt to that. We soon realized that going cross country is just how you would do it. It was certainly a pleasure walking thru the grassy meadows below the mountain though. It was like walking on sponges. The grass was green and deep. So we parked a short ways up the road to this area once we got off the main road. However, the cutoff to this spot is not signed, and it took us a while to find it. We started walking up the road as it does continue past a gate that we figured we better not go through. Turns out we could have, but then the loop wouldn't have worked. So once at the very end of the dirt road, we climbed over a fence that had a set of steps and into the grassy fields. No trail. Nothing. Wide open and that was it. So we made a beeline in the general direction of the mountain. After getting to the base of it, we had second thoughts about bushwhacking up the slope of it. We did see another guy who was doing just that though, so that must be the way they do it. But we decided to just head for the lake and call it good. So after going over a few small ridges and down through some gullies, we were at Lough Curra. A nice little glacial lake with crystal clear waters. From the lake, we were able to find a fairly well used trail back to our car. This was a nice little loop and nice to be in the Irish country side where everything was green, green.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

cold but fun

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Beautiful and interesting town walk. Best done with local guide though.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fantastic views of Lough Derghill

Monday, November 07, 2016

Very easy loop walk, great views. There are cows in the fields and electric fences. This walk is flat for the most part good walk for all ages.

A bit too easy and short and too many people on trail.

Friday, October 28, 2016

This walk cannot be completed in full anymore. There is a sign at the trailhead saying that the loop is 'closed' and, indeed, about halfway through a farmer has blocked the section of trail that runs through his land. (Oct. 2016)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Beautiful varied walk, you're waking through some open fields mind that may have livestock within them

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Brilliant spot! My two girls 6 and 4 really enjoyed the adventurous walk along side the beautiful waterfalls.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My own favourite destination here is the native woodland at the end of the point,especially in May, bluebells time. However, people with me are always fascinated by the remains of the Norman settlement. The Lough Ree waterside part of the walk near the start is very scenic. A visit to the old medieval hospital site also very interesting.

Three recent downsides. One is the signage has become damaged or even vanished. Two, some of the direction markers have gone from the wooded area so you may go off trail. Three, due to irresponsibility of dog owners there is a total ban on dogs now. If you are with a dog, even small dog, you will be seen and escorted off of the trail.

on Kilkee Strand Line

Friday, August 07, 2015

Spectacular cliff walks

Monday, August 03, 2015

Nice path along the river

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A nice view of the lake and a good short, easy hike in the gateway to Connemara. To get to the trailhead, I recommend taking the Townee Wood Walk.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

One of my favorite hikes in Ireland! Connemara is one of the beautiful areas of the country, and the Diamond allows you a fantastic opportunity to see it from a great vantage point. If you're up for the extra challenge, i highly recommend continuing on to the Upper Diamond Hill Trail, but even if you don't, you'll still get a fantastic view without too much exertion.

Nice work on this guide, well done!

excellent heritage guide to the wonderful heritage of Ballinrobe

A great heritage walk that gives an excellent insight into Ballinrobes heritage and history, with some wonderful buildings and sights.

24 days ago

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