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The Best Hiking in Ireland

Looking for the best hiking in Ireland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ireland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Ireland

  • Clare, Ireland

    Hike the Coastal Path from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher

    5.0
    This walk is part of the 18km (11 mi) Coastal Path connecting the villages of Doolin and Liscanoor, and enables you to enjoy the coastal cliffs of County Clare without the crowds that the Cliffs of Moher draws or paying the entrance/parking fee for the Cliffs. The section from Doolin to the Cliff...
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  • Wicklow, Ireland

    Hike the Spinc and Glenealo Valley Trail in Glendalough

    5.0
    5.6 mi / 1246.7 ft gain
    Glendalough is located in Wicklow Mountains National Park and is just over an hour's drive from Dublin, making it the perfect day trip from Ireland's capital city. There are 9 hikes of varying lengths and difficulties in Glendalough but the 9km Spinc and Glenealo Valley Trail (White Route) is the...
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  • Howth, Ireland

    Hike the Cliff Path Loop

    4.8
    3.7 mi / 426.5 ft gain
    Starting from the Dart train station in town, follow the green arrows along the promenade that lines the harbour. These arrows are on lamp posts, fairly small, along with other colored arrows for other trails. It can be difficult to first spot them, but if you follow along the harbour, in a meado...
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  • Kerry, Ireland

    Hike the Torc Waterfall Loop

    5.0
    1.5 mi / 350 ft gain
    Starting at the Torc Waterfall parking lot off of the N71 road, follow the trail to the waterfall, which is only about a 4-5 minute walk from the road. This 70+ waterfall is surrounded by lush green vegetation as it tumbles over a few cascades. Continuing up the stairs to the side of the waterfal...
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  • County Donegal, Ireland

    Explore Slieve League

    5.0
    Slieve League (also: Sliabh Liag) is a mountain located in County Donegal on the Atlantic coast. Towering at an impressive 1,972 feet (609m), Slieve League is home to the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are nowhere near as famous as the Cliffs of Moher but are over three times as tall.Ge...
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  • Galway, Ireland

    Hike Diamond Hill, Connemara NP

    4.2 mi / 908.8 ft gain
    An easy yet beautiful hike to the top of Connemara valley. It will take you about 3h to do the loop. Be careful of the wind because it can be really strong! The path is really easy to follow, you will have a lot of signs everywhere.In the summer the place is crowded but there is not so much peopl...
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  • Galway, Ireland

    Bike around Inis Mór

    5.0
    5 mi
    To book a ticket to Inis Mór, I suggest going online to http://www.aranislandferries.c... This way you will know for sure that you have a spot, and won't have to wait in line. You will need to pick up your ticket from Kinlay Hostel in Galway City, next to the main square. I would recommend arrivi...
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  • Wicklow, Ireland

    Hike to St. Kevin's Monastic Site

    5.0
    1.9 mi / 459.3 ft gain
    Park at the Upper Lake car park. The parking fee is 4 Euro.Start at the trailhead and follow the Green Road Walk. Along the trail, you'll walk through wetlands on boardwalks as well as forested areas. At the beginning of the trail by the car park, there are views of Glendalough Upper Lake. You'll...
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  • Waterford, Ireland

    Hike Sugarloaf Hill

    5.0
    1.5 mi / 1115.5 ft gain
    Though only 0.75 mi (1.2 km) to the summit, this hike gains over 1100 feet (340m) on the ascent to the top of Sugarloaf Hill of the Knockmealdown Mountains. Park at the Bay Lough parking area on R668 near the "Vee". Cross the road and ascend the hill by staying on the apparent path to the right ...
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  • Clare, Ireland

    Hike the Mullaghmore Loop

    4.7 mi / 459.3 ft gain
    This trail in Burren National Park traverses the limestone pavement typical of the Burren and summits Mullaghmore Mountain with a beautiful view of the unique geology of the area. This loop climbs 140 m (460 ft), is 7.5 km (4.7 mi), will take about 3 hours, and is difficult due to the rocky and p...
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  • Bray, Ireland

    Hike from Bray to Greystones

    5.0
    3.7 mi / 328.1 ft gain
    From Dublin, you can get to Bray via Dart train. Once you arrive in Bray, walk towards the sea along the Bray promenade. Continue along the promenade going south. You'll walk along the beach for a few minutes before reaching the blazed trail. Essentially, you'll follow this trail until you reach ...
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  • Kerry, Ireland

    Walk to The Meeting of the Waters and Old Weir Bridge in Killarney National Park

    2.5 mi
    From the Dinis car park just off N-71, follow the flat Muckross Lake Loop trail towards Dinis Cottage. The path skirts around Muckross Lake until you arrive at Dinis Cottage, which is a tea room open during the summer season that has hundreds of rhododendron of different colors blooming in early ...
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  • Sligo, Ireland

    Hike Knocknarea

    1 mi / 560 ft gain
    From the base of the trail, you'll hike up a low-grade, rocky farm road for about a half mile. The trail then transitions to a proper hiking trail, getting steeper as you head toward to the summit.  When you reach the top you'll find yourself on a wide, open plateau, with a massive cairn in the m...
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  • Kerry, Ireland

    Hike Caherconree

    2 mi / 800 ft gain
    Caherconree is the second-highest mountain on the Dingle Peninsula. The ruins of an ancient fort near the summit give the mountain its name, and a place in Irish fokelore. It's hard to not to imagine the stories unfolding as you hike up the steep hillside. To reach the summit of Caherconree, you'...
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  • Kilcrohane, Ireland

    Hike a Part of the Sheep's Head Way near Kilcrohane

    7.5 mi / 1049.9 ft gain
    The sleepy village of Kilcrohane almost at the tip of the Sheep's Head peninsula in Southwestern Ireland is the  perfect starting point for this little 12k hike through the stunning scenery between the Bays of Bantry and Dunmanus. After a luscious Irish breakfast you might want to tie you boots a...
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  • Galway, Ireland

    Explore Connemara National Park

    5.6 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
    Scott and I took a road trip around Ireland and found Connemara National Park when we left Galway in the western part of the country. From Galway, if you take N59 from Clifden to Letterfrack the park is about 93 kms away and worth the drive! Entry into the park and the visitor center exhibits are...
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