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Between waves and peaks — to the best views in Ireland

Tourism Ireland/ Gareth McCormack

Between waves and peaks — to the best views in Ireland

Hiking Collection by Irland

12

Tours

47:55 h

97.8 mi

15,650 ft

Mountains or sea? Sometimes it’s hard to choose which one to visit. But who says you have to? On the Emerald Isle of Ireland, you're never far from the coast, no matter where you are. Many incredible mountains rise right out of the water and from their summits you can enjoy views over the vast Atlantic Ocean, scattered islands and mighty cliffs. You can expect some of the most beautiful and panoramic peaks as well as fantastic national parks.

In this Collection, we introduce you to the highest peak in County Kilkenny and take you on a beautiful valley walk to get close to Carrauntoohil which, at 1,038 metres (3,553 ft) is the highest peak far and wide. Equally spectacular are the panoramic mountains in Connemara and Killarney National Parks. A visit to the capital can be combined with a hike in the Dublin Mountains, from where you can see far across the city and the sea. But you don't always have to go high up: on flatter hikes you can enjoy beautiful views of Ireland's striking mountains. On many of the routes, in addition to the magnificent views, you’ll also pass historical highlights and hospitable villages where you can wander and stop off at a pub.

Fancy a little adventure? There are many unmarked paths in Ireland, which sometimes lead over scree or overgrown paths through heath landscapes. On these routes, you should also be familiar with analogue navigation tools and only walk in good weather with reasonable visibility. However, there are also plenty of well-marked and maintained paths, particularly in the national parks.

Thanks to the island's mild climate, you can hike these Tours all year round with sturdy shoes and waterproofs. So, lace up your walking boots. Ireland's stunning mountainous coastlines are waiting.

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    Difficult
    06:01
    12.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The loop to the highest mountain in County Kilkenny starts in Graiguenamanagh. The quaint place is the perfect starting point for a challenging hike, because here, after lots of fresh air and exercise, you have many opportunities to replenish your energy reserves and enjoy yourself.You leave the village on small roads, then continue on field and forest paths. The …

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    4.29 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Breathtaking views are certain on this round - provided the Irish weather is kind to you. The Connemara National Park on the west coast of Ireland awaits you with spectacular nature. The 442 meter high Diamond Hill rises directly on a bay. During a hike to the summit you can therefore enjoy wonderful views over the water with Ballynakill Harbor …

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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 ruins of stone houses and other historical sights.

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  • Intermediate
    02:13
    5.14 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This leisurely hike leads over dirt roads and an old railway line. It gets by with just a few meters of altitude and is wonderfully suitable for stretching your legs for a few kilometers. On the way you pass two lakes and can enjoy great views over the barren landscape with Muckish Mountain in the background.The trail starts at …

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  • Intermediate
    02:53
    4.86 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the almost eight kilometers long hiking trail you will be led to the top of the Torc Mountains with a spectacular panoramic view. This trail is one of the most popular hiking routes within Killarney National Park.The Torc Mountain Trail begins and ends at the Upper Torc car park. The first few kilometers take you on the Old …

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    7.96 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A well-rounded affair: the Knocknarea west of Sligo is quite evenly round. Millennia-old stone mounds are located on its summit. This hike combines climbing the summit with a relaxing walk on the beach.From the parking lot in Strandhill you hike straight up the mountain that rises out of the otherwise flat landscape. A steep ascent takes you to the …

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    4.59 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Coumduala Loop in the Nire Valley in Waterford promises a rugged mountain landscape and seclusion. The circular hiking trail leads you through the Comeragh Mountains, a mountain range in the form of a high plateau, which allows you constant wide views due to its almost constant height.The path is called Coumduala Loop because half of the route gives …

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  • Difficult
    05:04
    10.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This beautiful route takes you to the mountains high above Lough Derg and promises wonderful views over the vast lake. The hike starts at a viewpoint with a parking lot. At the beginning you cross a few meadows and walk a little further along a small road. Then it's a crisp uphill to the Millennium Cross. The view over the lake is simply fantastic from here.

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    5.77 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike on the Iveragh Peninsula takes you to magnificent views high above the sea. It starts in the beautiful town of Cahersiveen, which lies between an arm of the sea and Mount Beentee. So here is the ideal starting point to climb this summit.From Cahersiveen you first walk a little around the mountain on a small road to …

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    5.24 mi
    2.1 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Carlingford is on the east coast of Ireland on the shores of Carlingford Lough, which is the border with Northern Ireland. You can spend a few pleasant hours in the lovely town. There you can discover historic churches and parts of the old city fortifications as well as plenty of pubs and cafes.You can set off on a hike …

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  • Difficult
    11:44
    25.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    2,950 ft
    2,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Wicklow Mountains stretch south of Ireland's capital. The northern part of the mountain range is also called the Dublin Mountains, as they are in the urban area. From the mountains here you have fantastic views over the city and the sea. Numerous hiking trails open up this wonderful panorama for you. One of them is the Dublin Mountain Way, which takes you east to west over the mountains closest to the city.

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  • Easy
    01:48
    4.09 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This valley hike is recommended for anyone who does not want to climb all the way to Ireland's highest mountain, the Carrauntoohil. The backdrop of the path is fantastic: You penetrate further and further into the mountains and at the end of the valley the view of the mighty Carrauntoohil awaits you.You start at Cronin's Yard and hike through …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    97.8 mi
  • Duration
    47:55 h
  • Elevation
    15,650 ft

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