Explore the best lake 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
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hiking partner (my wife) and I hiked to the highest point in Ireland in June of 2009 on a clear blue sunny day. The mountain is quite impressive as you approach it, and it appears to be very steep. We hiked up between the two lakes below it and ascended the infamous Devils Ladder. This is a steep chute filled with talus and boulders the whole way. You have to pick your way through as there is no real trail in this section. It took us almost an hour to go up this short pitch. Kinda sketchy in a few places. Once at the top of the ladder, it is wide open to the top. We arrived on top after about 2 1/2 hours of hiking. It is pretty steep, but you are not fighting high elevation here. The views are endless up there. You can see both the Kenmare and the Dingle Bays on the ocean, and countless lakes all over the Killarney area. There is a huge cross on top with a couple of memorials for some hikers. We had the place to ourselves too ,which made it nice. After about a half hour or more on top we started down. When we got back to the top of the ladder, we decided to take a different route down from there. So we kept hiking on the ridge trail from there, and that goes back down to the main trail avoiding the ladder. Really nice along this ridge top. It was steep going down the switches here, but beat going down the boulders. We got back to the main trail and then it was just back to the car from there. Beautiful hike on a gorgeous day. If ever there, it's a great way to spend a day. We rolled into the corner pub on our way back to our B&B for a few celebratory pints. Great way to end the day!!! Would do it again for sure.

Amazing

walking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

hiking
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.