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Nice trail with a wide diversity of landscapes
start on the lower part, following the lake. It will be easier and more interesting. You'll also not start with 1000 steps to go straight to the upper part and you'll have better views.

hiking
2 days ago

great hike, not too bad as far as difficulty. Rain & fog rolled in just as we were doing the actual mountain so we couldn't catch any of the view. But even with the rain, the wood on the trail was not slippery because of a wire mesh they installed on it. Nice to walk on.

Excellent hike. Not too strenuous.

We ended up only having time to hike out to the point and back from the side of the road. It was breathtaking.

A great walk.

on Lough Slat

walking
19 days ago

Really pretty even in the rain. The board path around the lake keeps you on the trail. The boards are covered with the mesh so no worries about slipping. Third of the walk is under the canopy of trees

hiking
20 days ago

First half of the walk was well described and the view was as good as promised. I'd return by the same route next time as the second part of the description wasn't good.

Beautiful views of rugged terrain and herds of sheep throughout the hike.

where are they getting 17klms for this walk? it's only 6.5 klms. Very bad error!

Super views

Beautiful easy walk with breathtaking views!

beautiful hike with stunning views.

Short trail but the waterfall is beautiful!

was amazing experience!

hiking
1 month ago

Park at the famine house or any other small attraction.

Walk down Slea drive (2-3 miles) until you get past the sheer rock face pass, then follow tiny yellow hiker sign up into the pasture.

You’ll go over a step ladder and continue along the rock wall. There’s another ladder after the steep climb with a pile of stacked rocks overlooking the bay.

There are occasional signs but not very clear, at the end you’ll go through a few residential homes and get back onto Slea drive/return to car.

Great views once you get up into the pastures. Takes about 3:45 and about 7 miles if you stop at any beehive, ancient sites.

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike up a hill, need to go over a rock wall that has foothold steps built into it. Steep uphill comes around to a nice view with grass covered rocks.

Do a wide loop, it was very windy when we did the hike in October.

walking
1 month ago

You can extend walk by 2-3km by continuing to the end of the straight stretch of road - some of what remains of the Galway to Clifden railway route.

hiking
1 month ago

just did the hike. Will agree with the others, the end was definitely challenging. Make sure you have on proper sneakers with a good grip as the rocks are slippery. Well worth the view though, took about 2.5 hours in total

Up hill climb but oh so worth it! Spectacular views and sheep galore

Easy trail with spectacular views! Lots of sheep poo too

walking
1 month ago

Part of the walk - through a field - is now inaccessible, and another along a busy enough road.

I did the blue walking loop , fairly easy small up and down but nice stroll through the woodlands

1 month ago

It isn't really a trail - it was a walk down an asphalt road with no sidewalk or shoulder. Speed limit is 50 mph on parts and 35 on some. It wasnt that safe considering the road is a typical Ireland road where 2 cars can barely pass each other. There is one part off the road where you walk a trail through a meadow to a castle and that part was pretty.
Oh and there is no loop. It is in and back unless you walk through private property.

1 month ago

Awesome, steep, great views from the get go!

1 month ago

Pram friendly relaxing easy walk.

À noter que la portion du centre des visiteurs jusqu’à Doolin était fermée aujourd’hui. Pour combien de temps ? Il faudrait vérifier..

Brilliant hike. Ancient church ruins and graveyard, hill climb in well maintained wooded paths, high open terrain with plunging and rocky views, ruined mine works, rocky stream, pretty lakes, leafy flat woodsy stroll, and boardwalk around enclosed meadows.

Loved the hike! The scrambling up the rocks are not too extreme although you should be in decent shape/athletic. The day started off clear with blue skies and it was beautiful. At the peak the clouds had rolled in. We hiked up the scramble rocks, made it to the peak, and on the decent we walked down a little ways, walked along the ridge (pretty narrow) and down the switchback. I recommend this as your plan. Great beautiful hike!!

The city views are nice in the first hour but the best part is after the traffic noise from the m50 subsides. I was actually shocked how audible it was and for how far. I would also add a word of caution for the very last stretch is on a main road with no foot path. I found that very stressful especially with a dog in tow. When you’re in the middle though it is spectacular. I would do it again, maybe figure out a different way of getting back.
I did it in five hours including two stops for a cuppa! one of which was in a lovely cafe just before the precarious bit of road.

amazing trail but if you are an outdoor enthousiast prepare to, stop and queue a lot and be constantly surrendered by tourists.

I would recommand doing it in low season and on week days.

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