Explore the most popular 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.

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

Walked from the carpark through the grave yard. Did the blue route-met very few hikers along this route until we reached the lough so perhaps not ideal for the lone walker from a saftey perspective, plenty of equally as good trials to choose from. Very enjoyable hike, tough given the humidity on the day. Good distance with steep steps toward the peek. The views and landscape are amoung the best in Ireland.

This is a great walk with incredible views and steeped in history. I personally would have enjoyed it more without all the boardwalk and gravel trail but I understand the desire to make it more accessible for tourism.

Cool Walk.. lots of weather changes. Took us 3h45m..

Stunning views. Worth the hike!

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.

hiking
16 days ago

My very first hike, it was difficult but so rewarding. The views are spectacular all the way up and there are no words to describe the views of the fjord from the top. A must for everyone

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

A wonderful hike that takes one back to medieval times. The trail markers are a bit tricky, but the app helped withthat. we saw swans and many different tupes of bird life as well as cows and sheep. May was a beautiful time of year to see many wildflowers.

hiking
24 days ago

OK, this is not a moderate hike. It’s over 4 hours of slippery rock and wet soggy ground conditions. I can not imagine anyone running on this trail! A local person told me it’s considered the hardest hike around here.
The views are amazing and this is still a recommended hike. Just be aware that it’s a tough one.

hiking
26 days ago

Challenging trail but completely do able. Views from the top are the best reward. Will do again.

Amazing views and well built out path

Tough hike with fab view. Top can be extremely windy with no shelter to hide.
Alltrails app is very useful not to mistake sheep tracks with hiking path.

hiking
1 month ago

Maybe the most breathtaking hike I did in Ireland. The views from the top are amazing, highly recommended.

The trail is not dog friendly. We were with dog there last week and we were not allowed to hike there.

hiking
1 month ago

hidden gem for experienced hikers. we did a loop instead of turning back the same way. went to the top as shown in the map and them continued and descended towards Delphi resort. parts of the path are not signaled and trek is not obvious. stunning views from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall! It was a quick and easy walk from the parking lot.

We completed the hike in 7 hours. My husband and I regularly hike mountains and even rock climb. We both found this hike to be difficult to safely navigate during the descent. We took the ladder up (3.5 hours). There was a bit of a traffic jam multiple times. Hikers above us occasionally knocked rocks downward. We enjoyed the ladder ascent. We took the O’Shea fully descent. Quite a bit of scree and a few traversing scrambles were involved in the descent. This particular trail becomes less defined after passing a small pond.

Overall, it was a beautiful hike. However, it should not be hiked without taking the appropriate precautions (map, compass, headlamp, etc). We saw a helicopter arrive while we were descending to pickup a hiker near the peak. People have died on this hike.

A fabulous hike with great views over the lake and all the way to the sea. Some parts need hand and foot and you get close to some sheer drops but it makes for fabulous pictures and views. And you can finish the hike nicely down at the lake and dip your feet in. A spectacular loop walk well worth the effort!

Fantastic hike. The best we've done in Ireland, the view from the top is amazing. But also the toughest one we've ever done. We were not prepared. Don't go do it if you're not a good hiker, the way up is tough but the way down is the real tricky part and get dangerous at many points. It's easy to make a wrong move and hurt yourself really bad or even kill yourself. But if you're confident and prepared you should definitely go for it.

walking
2 months ago

Part of larger Arra Loop walk, this trail starts just off the road on the way up to The Graves of the Lienstermen. Free parking is available at Graves of the Lienstermen viewing point. Trail provides views out over Lough Derg.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike over well maintained trail system.

This has been by far my most enjoyable hiking thus far. It was difficult until he beginning but as we came around the lake side it was truly a site to see!

It’s a great hike. We went when I was snowy so it was quite icy. We went clockwise and I am happy we did the stairs first. It’s a beautiful view and it took us about 3:30 because of the wind, ice and snow.

As an escape from a multi-generation family vacation my wife and I got to sneek out for nature fun. This hike was a well needed relief. Gorgeous views easy route finding and just enough steep stuff to keep the heart rate up.(nice in January) The "ladder" part was steep and supper loose looking from below but the wet mossy rocks were extra sticky. Of course be careful but it's not as bad as it looks. The summit was as to be expected. Beautiful! Car to car took us five hours with picture stops and beer beaks. If you're in the area and get a good weather window this hike is a must. Have fun.

An easy scenic route for all ages.

hiking
7 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. It takes you through many different styles of Irish terrain and allows amazing views of both the vast valley's and blue ocean. There are no trail markers and no clearly defined paths at the beginning of the trail. Just line yourself up with the mountain peak and make your own way up. For the first 30 minutes or so, you're stepping around through marshes and trying not sink your boot into muck. I would definitely recommend high topped and waterproof boots if you don't have a nice set of gaiters. Don't let this messy start deter you from doing the hike. Every second is worth it. It's a short hike, but a steep incline, so be ready to take some breaks. With breathtaking views at every turn, I'm sure you'll find excuses to stop and take a look around. Cheers!

Super fun, beautiful views, red deer, and cultural sites.

Nice view and good track.
Took the Devil's ladder to go to the top and the loop back down
Ladder seems quite dangerous going down but is fun going up
The Loop may be longer than the Devil but takes the same amount of time

Should be done on sunny day. We needed 7,5h including two bigger breaks

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