Explore the most popular River 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 hours ago

Ma 3eme rando ici en Irlande, et sans hésitation arrive sur le podium! ;) Complète et magnifique : faune, flore et sensation d'être seul au monde, tout y est! Mais qu'on le précise, si elle est classée difficile c'est pas pour rien! Physique pour sûr! mais pas insurmontable si vous avez un peu de sportivité et de combativité. La où la difficulté passe un cap, c'est le terrain! chaussures hautes prenant bien la cheville, et echauffement des chevilles sur le parking pour les plus vieux d'entre nous! tres bon exercice de proprioception cela-dit.. Le reste : SPLENDIDE, du debut a la fin.. en commencant bien sur par les moutons a slalomer sur la route :D Profitez!!!

hiking
11 hours ago

Lovely walk at good pace and lots of signage. Walked from nenagh and had picnic in dromineer

Beautiful and easy walk. I came here during a day tour from Dublin. The scenery in the upper lake is very beautiful.

Lovely walk in May

Good trail. Easy to follow and navigate. Terrain quite rough. Mostly boggy. Nice views.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
7 days ago

It took a little over three hours on a very windy day in May. The ascent up Tonelagee is quite exposed (clockwise), and I took a beating from the wind on the way up. Well worth it when you get to the top though. The top section before the trig stone is a cool mix of peat hags and exposed gravel and I would have done a bit more exploring if the wind wasnt pushing me over! The trail, for the most part, is easy to follow but you can loose sight of it in some parts. I breezed past the turn to head back towards Lough Ouler and had to do some boggy bushwhacking to get back on track. The sections along the river are still very waterlogged (May) so boots are a must and I would have loved a dry pair of trousers to change into when I got back to the car. I was out early and saw loads of deer, a peregrine falcon (I think) and even an otter! Well worth the drive and I'll be heading back.

hiking
muddy
rocky
12 days ago

This was a good trail but I’m not an advanced hiker and I wouldn’t call this hike hard at all. We did it in about 3 hours. There is a steady incline on the way up but it wasn’t too bad. At a certain point after the woods there’s a fence to keep the sheep in and the terrain gets a bit rocky and sometimes boggy. Wear good runners or hiking boots if you have them, my runners were filthy and socks wet by the end!! Waterfall was beautiful and I bet when there’s a good soaking the fall is even better. Worth doing this hike!

hiking
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

Great hike! Views were stunning. The trail isn’t easy to see, we used the sheep trails (which also explains the poop littering the way) but don’t worry you’ll still be able to find the lough. The way up is all uphill and it feels as though you’re transported from a woods of tall trees to a witchy forest then to a plantation of yellow flowers leading you up to large boulders. Spectacular!

hiking
off trail
rocky
18 days ago

took a different route this morning 7th May but within the park itself. Please note that access to the park is for local residents still due to Covid-19 with car parks locked, however a pleasant walk within a well maintained park (and much cleaner since there are less visitors who don't use bins provided!)

great trail got a nice day for it too. I would imagine it's very mucky when wet. pack a lunch too , so glad I did !

Great fun , did it twice already. After rain it can get muddy

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy walk

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Worth the hike

Okay so I did this in 2018 and I did my research before going up. Back then I was more fit than I am now (which isn't saying much) but it took me 12 freaking hours to do this. I took it slow, it's HARD. At the time, it was normal for me to walk home 6km after a shift on my feet but it still kicked my ass...definitely have to scramble to get up the ladder using your whole body and hands to pull you up. Make sure you pack well, bring plenty of water and good solid snacks and start early in the day. Tip for the wise: don't starve yourself of water! a man asked me for water on my way down and I still had enough to get me back to my car so I happily gave him some...but he chugged it and proceeded to vomit it back up which led me to run down and nearly fall trying to get away from him. Be smart! All that being said, it was very rewarding and very beautiful. The first part is a defined path that goes by a lake with tons of photo opportunities. the ladder is a rocky scramble until you reach the ridge which has AMAZING views. then the final ascent isn't clear in terms of a path, but it gets you there, and it's mostly lose rock pieces. the top on a good clear summer day is amazing!!

Excellent trail for the whole family. May be a little long for children or elderly but the trail can be started at the upper reservoir instead if needed. Good roads, rocky at times and slight uphills but it’s worth it for the beautiful sights and bright nature. Occasional sights of sheep and cows and old architecture like the bridge and lake houses make the walk much more entertaining. On sunny and dry days there’s lovely grassy shores to have picnics on. I’d highly recommend this trail for a long walk away from the busy bustle of the city!

An amazing hike. Definitely go with experience. Did the Devil's Ladder up and down. It's quite a scramble so careful footing and hands are essential. Pack well for the hike.

walking
rocky
2 months ago

A lovely walk. Can be a bit steep and a scramble at times. Some rocks can be slippery so you'd need to be careful around the water.

Lovely walk along the river

hiking
muddy
over grown
private property
rocky
2 months ago

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