We live in one of the most idyllic countries in the world; when the sun shines there's no better place to get out for some fresh air and exercise.
Finding the motivation to get out and immerse yourself in it, however, can be challenging - life can get in the way. Well, there's no time like the present as they say!
The 2019 Vhi Women's Mini Marathon will be taking place at 2pm on Bank Holiday Sunday, June 2. This incredible event encourages women from every walk of life to get out and get fit for a great cause. It's the ideal opportunity to broaden your horizons, fill your lungs with fresh Irish air and see some of the best routes in the country.
Here are some of the most scenic running routes in the country that you should include in your event prep:
The Greenway Co. Waterford
The Waterford Greenway boasts lush green surroundings, sweeping vistas, coastal views and a plethora of history and culture.
It's one of the best ways to see Waterford in all its glory without being confined to a car. The 46km track stretches from Waterford city out to the stunning Dungarvan. It's a great route because you can do it bit by bit, so every time you go running, you'll see something new.
There are a number of disused train platforms, towering bridges and buildings that really give you a feel of the old Irish countryside. A welcome escape from the trappings of modern day life.
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Slieve League Co. Donegal
Slieve League is one of the most underrated sights in Ireland. The rocky cliffs located in Donegal are actually twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher, they just haven't had the same amount of tourist exposure. This makes it a hidden gem and a great place to go for a walk.
During your walk, you'll see spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay.
It really is a natural masterpiece of deep browns, blues and greens. Being the highest sea cliffs accessible in Europe, it's one for the adventurous hearts.
Bray Head Loop Walk Co. Kerry
This 7km trail is the perfect place to build up to your 10K, while taking in all those stunning views at the same time.
The looped route will take you along the coastline of Valentia Island in West Kerry. It's a steady track to Bray Tower, which will provide you with breath-taking views of the Skellig Islands and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Blackrock Castle Loop Co. Cork
This is one of Cork's most popular walking and running routes. The 8km loop takes you by Blackrock Castle and Mahon, and it’s largely flat with nice scenic views out over the river and harbour areas.
Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins Co. Kilkenny
This route is peppered in Irish history, from Duiske Abbey to St. Mullin's monastic site. You'll also come across picturesque views of the River Barrow, Brandon Hill and Graiguenamanagh.
It's a riverside path so make sure to wear a good pair of runners as it can sometimes be a little muddy.
A stunning route with amazing views around every corner.
Howth Head Co. Dublin
A well-known place for Dubliners to escape all the hustle and bustle of the city.
Run along the magical seaside town of Howth taking in views of the boats nearby, the sea views and Howth lighthouse.
This run should be on the itinerary of anybody visiting or living in Dublin along with a big plate of seafood upon returning to Howth.
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All that's left to do now is get your running shoes on and choose a route that suits you best.
If you’re thinking of signing up for the 2019 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon, be sure to keep an eye out on Lovin.ie for more articles which will include training tips and the best routes around Ireland to set you on your way.
Sound good? The first step is to register for the event on the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon website. Once that’s done, your journey has begun!