21 Amazing Walks Across Ireland Worth Attempting This Weekend

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It might be almost November but the weather is still ridiculously mild.

And you should really make the most of it.

Juuust in case it really is the last of it.

We have you covered here today with a comprehensive list of some of the most exciting walks to tackle around the island. 

Find a couple of friends and get out there. Once you tackle any of these, you'll see just how majestic Ireland actually is.

1. Slieve Donard Walking Route, Co Down

  • 9km in length
  • Too challenging for young children
  • Dog friendly 
  • Nearest town is Newcastle

More info here

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2. The Wicklow Way Long Distance Walking Trail, Co Dublin/Wicklow 

  • 132km in length but you can join at various places to make it shorter (obviously)
  • Great for mountain biking a well as walking 
  • Dog and child friendly 
  • Closest town to the start point is Rathfarnham in Dublin

More info here

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3. Mount Brandon Walking Route, Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry

  • 8km long
  • Too tough for young children 
  • Takes up to 4 hours
  • Nearest town is Dingle

More info here

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4. Connemara Way, Co Galway

  • 55km in length
  • Will take two full days to complete
  • Oughterard is the start town
  • No dogs allowed

More info here

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5. The Sheep's Head Way, Co Cork

  • 200km in length but can join at multiple stages
  • Nearest town to start is Bantry
  • Would take four days to complete in full
  • No dogs allowed

More info here

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6. The Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary

  • Eight walks ranging in difficulty; all looped 
  • One to eight hours depending which you choose
  • Dogs and bikes welcome 
  • Guided walks available 

More info here

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7. The Slieve Blooms, Co Laois and Co Offaly

  • 60km in length
  • 1250m in total climb
  • Two days to complete in full
  • Start point in Glenbarrow

More info here

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8. The Burren Way, Co Clare

  • 114km in total, across some of the most beautiful landscape the country has to offer
  • Start point is Lahinch
  • Five days if you were to do the entire walk, but easily broken up
  • Parking at start and finish

More info here

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9. Cronin's Yard Loopm, MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Co Kerry

  • Stunning looped walk
  • 8km in total
  • 2.5 hours to complete
  • No dogs allowed

More info here

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10. Glendalough Lake Walk, Co Wicklow

  • Stunning two-hour walk around the lake 
  • More challenging walks in the area too
  • Plenty of parking and facilities 
  • Dogs allowed and parts of walk easy for young children

More info here

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11. Howth Cliff Walk, Co Dublin

  • Gorgeous scenery, and simple terrain
  • About 1-2 hours depending on speed
  • Dog- and child-friendly
  • Ideal to combine with seafood in the village

More info here

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12. The Great Western Greenway, Westport To Achill, Co Mayo

  • Over 42km in full but broken into multiple shorter sections 
  • Start in either Achill or Westport
  • Ample parking along the trail
  • Ideal for bikes 

More info here

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13. Bray To Greystones Cliff Walk, Co Wicklow

  • Stunning coastal walk
  • 7km long 
  • About 1.5 hours 
  • Ample parking and food/drink options at both ends

More info here

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14. Grand Canal Way, Dublin To Shannon

  • Start in either Lucan or Shannon Harbour
  • 117km long 
  • 5 days' walking or a good day's cycling 
  • Suitable for families with older children

More info here

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15. Keenagh Loop Walk, Co Mayo

  • 12km
  • Around three hours
  • Country lanes, green roadways, riverbank and open mountain
  • Starts in Castlebar 

More info here

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16. Arigna Miner's Way, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim

  • 118km
  • Over 200m in climbing 
  • At least five days to complete in full
  • Nearest town to start is Keadew

More info here

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17. St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Walk, Cork

  • 35km route
  • Undertaken over two days
  • Events arranged over the Easter weekend 
  • Excellent hotel and sleeping options

More info here

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18. Táin Way, Louth

  • 40km long 
  • Two days to complete at your ease
  • Loops into Carlingford at start and finish
  • No dogs allowed

More info here

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19. Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo

  • Head to Westport 
  • Two hours to reach the summit and 1.5 to descend
  • Excellent services and parking at the site
  • Can be super busy at peak (no pun intended) times

More info here

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20. Slieve League, Co. Donegal

  • 4km walk
  • Stunning views from along the cliffs which are 500m above sea level
  • Closest town is Teelin
  • More experienced walkers only

More info here

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21. Antrim Hills Way

  • 35km long 
  • Dogs not allowed 
  • Starts at Glenarm’s Coast Road car park
  • Two days to complete but also split into smaller segments

More info here

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Niall Harbison

Niall founded Lovin' Dublin with a few fairly simple aims: discover new places to eat in Dublin and share simple recipes cooked up in his kitchen.

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