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Hiking through the heart of the Emerald Isle – discover central Ireland

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Hiking through the heart of the Emerald Isle – discover central Ireland

Hiking Collection by Irland

12

Tours

57:12 h

125 mi

9,175 ft

In the heart of Ireland, there is a vast, gently rolling plain framed by the coastal mountain ranges to the west and east of the Emerald Isle. The ice ages have left striking traces amidst this vast expanse: gently undulating ridges, towering boulders, and countless lakes, both big and small. The River Shannon meanders through the middle of these landscapes. At over 380 kilometres (236 mi), it’s the longest river in the British Isles. In this Collection, we’ve put together 11 Tours that take you along wonderful paths through the heart of Ireland. You can expect endless natural beauty like moors, forests, lakelands and spectacular coastlines.

In the north, you can combine the Cavan Way and Leitrim Way into a two-day, 50-kilometre (31 mi) Tour. Here, you walk along the River Shannon, stroll through primeval forests and visit megalithic tombs from the Bronze Age. On the Rinn Dúin circular walk, you take a leap back in time to the Middle Ages. You discover the remains of a settlement complete with a castle, town wall and church on Rinn Dúin on Lough Ree, a small peninsula through which the River Shannon flows. The small settlement is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Ireland and is definitely worth a visit.

In the south, where the Shannon meets an inlet at Limerick, you can explore the huge lake, Lough Derg, following the trail of the same name over three days. Alternatively, spectacular views over the lake are guaranteed from the top of Moylussa mountain. The Ardmore Cliff Walk will fulfill all of your expectations of a trip to Ireland including cliffs and lush green meadows. The hikes to Galtymore or Knockmealdown mountains also take you up high and reward your sweaty ascent with fantastic views.

As you can see, there is an incredible amount to discover in the heart of the Emerald Isle. The most convenient way to get around is by rental car and you can park at the starting point of your hikes. Now it's just a matter of getting on the plane, lacing up your hiking boots and heading off!

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    Lough Derg Way (3 days) – Hiking in the heart of Ireland

    Difficult
    16:19
    37.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lough Derg Way is more than 60 kilometers long long-distance hiking trail that first runs along the River Shannon and later along Lake Lough Derg in County Clare. The breathtaking scenery and fascinating heritage make this trail one of the most beautiful long hikes in Ireland.

    

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  • Difficult
    05:56
    13.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    925 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the west of County Cavan rise the Cuilcagh Mountains, on whose west side the longest river on the island flows: the Shannon. The 22-kilometer Cavan Way runs through the valley from Dowra to Blacklion. You walk between the lakes Upper Lough MacNean and Lower Lough MacNean on the border with Northern

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  • Difficult
    09:18
    15.8 mi
    1.7 mph
    625 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The section of the long-distance hiking trail Beara Way leads from Leitrim via Drumshanbo to Dowra. Sections over dirt roads alternate with stretches through gentle hills. The path is easy to hike, but quite long - if that is too long for you in one go, you can split the tour over two days. Incidentally

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    9.81 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost 16-kilometer hike promises breathtaking views and a perfect photo spot. The Turraun Route in Lough Boora Discovery Park takes you through an old peat bog that used to be used for peat extraction (e.g. for fuel). The moor has now been renatured and offers wonderful hiking opportunities.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    7.74 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This loop is uphill through a forest trail and a forest trail through Aherlow Nature Park and Ballinacourty Woods. On your way you cross the southern shoulder of Slievenamuck and catch impressive views of the Galty Mountains over the Glen of Aherlow. We have extended the original route a little - for

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    8.20 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this hike it will be species-rich and stately! You wander through the Portumna Forest Park, an enchanting park that is almost 450 hectares in size. It was formerly owned by the Clanrickarde family. Scattered over the coniferous forest there are occasionally natural forests in which ash and beech trees

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  • Easy
    01:12
    2.68 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Ireland like out of a picture book: this hike has everything your Irish heart desires. Lush meadows, steep cliffs, impressive ruins and wonderful viewpoints make the Ardmore Cliff Walk a special highlight of your Ireland vacation. On your hike you will go around Ardmore Head and Ram Head and walk past

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    7.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Expansive views of the lush green landscape await you on this circular hike through the 12 O'Clock Hills in County Clare. The nature here is less harsh than in other parts of Ireland. Through an extensive forest you climb the main summit of the group of hills, the Knockanuarha. On the way you will pass

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  • Easy
    01:40
    4.06 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful circular hike takes you on back roads and moor paths into the heart of this fascinating moor landscape. You cross an attractive and varied nature with beautiful views of Lough O'Flynn, the River Suck, open peatland, evergreen forests and typical moorland vegetation. The section over the

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    6.01 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The highest village in the Galtee Mountain Range, Anglesborough is rich in history and culture. Your hike begins at the village community center. Before you turn right to climb Paradise Hill, you will see a large monument with the image of Liam Lynch on the side of the road. Lynch was a general in the

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    4.74 mi
    2.1 mph
    850 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike takes you over a forest road, a forest path and a back road through dense forests and open slopes along the foothills of Feenlea Mountain. Below you lies the beautiful expanse of Lough Derg, from which you can enjoy breathtaking views. To admire the best views, you walk the path counter-clockwise

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    6.47 mi
    2.1 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Knockmealdown Trails lead over gravel access roads, old paths and smaller tarred roads. You mainly hike through the Coillte Forest on the scenic northern slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains.

    

    This area is of great historical, cultural and ecological interest with magnificent views over the fertile

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    Tramore Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Fantastic 4.8 kilometers of sandy beach with dunes and cliffs invite you to long walks on the beach, kite flying and relaxing afternoons. Tramore Beach is located in the town of the same name in County Waterford.
    By the way, Tramore means "big beach" - which makes a lot of sense, given this large stretch of golden sandy beach.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Highlights
    1
  • Distance
    125 mi
  • Duration
    57:12 h
  • Elevation
    9,175 ft

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