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Best trails in Ireland

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Ready to check out the best trails in Ireland? AllTrails has 717 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 328 easy trails in Ireland ranging from 0.6 to 106 miles and from 0 to 3,038 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Carrauntoohil Mountain Via Devil's Ladder Trail
Killarney National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
A gorgeous hike to the top of the tallest mountain in Ireland. Though there are several different routes up Carrauntoohil, the Devil's Ladder is the most common route. Most of the "ladder" itself has become eroded and loose rock makes the scramble up and down exciting, but very rewarding.Show more
#2 - Howth Loop Trail
Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Enjoy stunning scenery as you follow the clifftop paths around the Howth peninsula. The Howth peninsula forms the northern tip of Dublin Bay and has long been a popular destination for daytrippers keen to explore its fishing village, its hills and sea cliffs. Despite its proximity to Dublin city, it largely retains a wild, remote feel on account of its relative isolation from the rest of the mainland. This guide explores the harbour area around Howth Village before rambling along the clifftop path around the peninsula, returning over the central hills and via the grounds of Howth Castle. The geology of the peninsula is predominantly quartzite and with rocks dating from the Cambrian period, approximately 550 million years ago, making them among the oldest rocks in Ireland. Evidence of human habitation on the peninsula dates back to at least 3,500 BC. Howth is depicted in a 2nd century map of Ireland by the Alexandrian scholar, Ptolemy, as a small island named Edri Deserta, or Edar's Desert. This suggests that the Sutton Isthmus, which connects Howth to the mainland, only formed in the last 1,900 years. The name Howth originates in the Norse word, Hofuth, meaning headland, and dates from the time of the Viking settlement of the Dublin area. The Irish name for Howth, Binn Éadair, may mean Hill of Edar, referring to one of the Tuatha De Dannan tribe, believed to be buried on the Ben of Howth, or it may be a corruption of Ben na Dair, meaning Hill of the Oaks. The Vikings arrived in 819 AD and established Howth as an important seaport. Following their defeat at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, many of the survivors fled to Howth, where they were left to settle in peace. A number of surnames common to the Howth area, such as Harford, Thunder, Rickard and Waldron, are of Norse origin. The Norsemen remained at Howth until the Norman invasion of Ireland when they were defeated by the Norman knight Almeric Tristram on St Laurence's Day, 10 August 1177. Tristram took the surname St Laurence in honour of his victory and established his estate at Howth Castle. The castle has remained in the ownership of the St Laurence family ever since, although the unbroken line of male succession came to an end in 1909. Isolated from the rest of Dublin, Howth existed as a sleepy fishing village for most of its history until the early 19th century when it was selected to serve as the port for the mail packet ship service to Britain. The harbour at Howth was opened in 1818 but suffered from problems with silting and the packet ship relocated to Dun Laoghaire in 1834. The harbour remains home to a substantial fishing fleet and the village is now a smart suburb of Dublin thanks to the DART railway service. The village and the cliff path draws many tourists throughout the year.Show more
#3 - Glendalough 'White' Route
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Really beautiful hike. Solid ground and boardwalks. Wear rain gear. Clouds come in fast with high wind action. Show more
#4 - Cliffs of Moher Coastal Trail
Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 8 h 8 m
Rising over 200m above sea level, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most popular tourist destination. This coastal walk begins at the visitors centre and follows the coastline to Doolin. From the coast, you can see the Aran Islands, mountain ranges to the north, and Loop Head to the south. Keep your eyes peeled for sea life off the coast - many visitors see seals, dolphins, whales, and more.Show more
#5 - Glendalough 'White' Route from Visitor Center
Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
A beautiful loop trail that covers road, scramble and boardwalk walking. The views are absolutely spectacular, but quick changes in the weather are a stern reminder that things can get nasty fast for those unprepared. Good hiking boots and rain gear are a must. The trail itself is excellently maintained and well signposted. For those looking to shave a few minutes off the route, you could easily park at the upper car park rather than the visitor centre and cut out the monastic ruins and some flat boardwalk.Show more
#6 - Coumshingaun Lough Loop
Comeragh, County Waterford, Ireland
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Note: clockwise direction recommended, as there is a fairly steep scramble if you go anti-clockwise you will have go down instead of up, which can make the hike a lot more difficult.Show more
#7 - Croagh Patrick Pilgrim Trail
Newport, County Mayo, Ireland
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 26 m
The climb to Croagh Patrick is a difficult one but is well worth the challenge. The views from the top are spectacular. This is an old pilgrim route and popular with all kinds of walkers. The trail is rocky and requires proper footwear. The weather can be unpredictable, so bring layers and be prepared for cloudy conditions. Show more
#8 - Wicklow Way (Complete)
Marlay Park
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Length: 80.1 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Wicklow Way is a long distance walking route that starts in Marlay Park and finishes in the village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow. It is the oldest such route in Ireland, having opened in 1981. It was originally devised in 1966 by J.B. Malone, an author who wrote a regular column on hillwalking for the Evening Herald newspaper. The Wicklow Way forms part of the European long-distance walking route E8 that runs from Dursey Head, County Cork, Ireland to Turkey. The first stage, between Marlay Park and Knockree in the Glencree Valley is approximately 20km long. It starts amid the pleasant surroundings of Marlay Park in the south suburbs of Dublin before ascending Kilmashogue Mountain where panoramic views of Dublin can be enjoyed before the trail passes over the top of Kelly's Glen and into the Glencullen Valley. The city is quickly left behind as the vista of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains opens up for the first time. The trail descends into the Glencullen Valley near Tibradden Mountain and follows the road to the hamlet of Bornaraltry. The path then begins the ascent of the southern side of the Glencullen Valley, climbing towards Prince William's Seat. Close to Prince William's Seat, near a rocky tor known as Raven's Rock, the trail reaches the Glencree Valley, leaving County Dublin and entering County Wicklow. It descends into the valley through Curtlestown Wood before passing along the side of Knockree, a solitary hill sitting in the middle of the valley.Show more
#9 - Diamond Hill Loop
Connemara National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#10 - Bray To Greystones Cliff Trail
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
The is a walk between Bray and Greystones with beautiful coastal views of the Irish Sea and County Wicklow. This path leads you along the railway that was built between 1847 and 1856. The cliffs are breathtaking and the flora and fauna is very diverse. From seagulls, to lizards, kittiwakes, and black guillemots you see a wide range of animals. Furthermore, Bray head is an excellent location for dolphin and whale watching. All along the trail you find information such as an anecdote about a train crash in 1869. While not physically demanding and well maintained, it is a natural walk with variable surface quality. Winter frosts can, occasionally, result in rock falls from the cliff face. On these rare occasions the walk is closed to the public.Show more
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