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Awaken your spirit of discovery — family-friendly walks in Ireland

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Awaken your spirit of discovery — family-friendly walks in Ireland

Hiking Collection by Irland

12

Tours

14:15 h

33.5 mi

1,575 ft

A high ropes course, fun hikes in beautiful parks, sandcastle building on stunning beaches, discovering rare animal and plant species and learning more about Irish history — these are the ingredients for a perfect family holiday in Ireland.

In this Collection, we've put together 12 Tours in all corners of the country that will make your holiday with kids an unforgettable experience. You'll also find a selection of 11 beaches, all of which are well worth a visit. The Atlantic and Irish Seas may not be suitable for swimming all year round, but the fine sandy beaches are perfect for adventurous walks, shell collecting, kite flying and sandcastle building. There are no limits to your imagination!

On all the Tours, you can awaken the spirit of discovery in you and your family. How about a walk in Belleek Wood, Slishwood or Gougane Barra Park? Here, you’ll find a landscape that’s both wild and carefully curated. It’s easy to hike with children on the pleasant paths. Why not pay a visit to Lough Key Forest & Activity Park, where you can try out the high ropes course with your family and explore the lake by canoe? The Lough Boora Sculpture Walk is also a fascinating place where you can marvel at spectacular sculptures in a moorland landscape. There’s so much to experience, the only challenge is knowing what to do first.

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 wonderful family-friendly trails are waiting to be discovered.

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    Easy
    01:35
    3.79 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The world of adventure opens up to you in Lough Key Forest & Activity Park! Unique excursions can be undertaken against a historical backdrop.Lough Key Park nestles on the shores of the eponymous lake, which is ideal for exploring by boat. The beautiful, lush green landscape of the park from the 19th century is not only beautiful to look …

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  • Easy
    01:07
    2.75 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This almost four-kilometer hike promises breathtaking views and lots of perfect photo spots. The Lough Boora Sculpture Walk takes you through an old peat bog. The moor has now been renatured and offers wonderful hiking opportunities. And is the perfect place for art explorers.After about a kilometer you will reach the first artist's highlight: an old railway with wagons …

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  • Easy
    01:28
    3.56 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Two impressive sights await you on this beautiful walk, which are sure to delight your children too. You park your car at the parking lot and the beautiful Lakeside Walk begins right after the main gate. After a short time you will reach the ruins of the Franciscan monastery Muckross Abbey. Here you can go on a discovery tour with your family, because the ruins are freely accessible.

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  • Easy
    00:51
    1.96 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Although this walk is quite short at only a good three kilometers, you can still spend your time here really well. Because you walk along the Calf House Dolmen Trail on tracks from long forgotten times. You start and end your tour at the parking lot, so that you can arrive relaxed by car.After about half of the route …

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  • Easy
    01:06
    2.55 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Beautiful nature awaits you on this one-hour hike! The trail runs along the south bank of Lough Gill and lies at the foot of the Killerry Mountains. It starts at the parking lot of Slish Wood, which you are about to explore. This mystical forest has funny, wild trees for you on offer, which are also covered with moss and fern.

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  • Easy
    00:31
    1.02 mi
    2.0 mph
    200 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Sli Ghaorthaidh circular route you hike in the shadow of the Shehy Mountains and discover the diversity of flora, fauna and bird life in Gougane Barra Park and the surrounding landscape. The tour starts at the parking lot, where you can leave your car. You are about to dive into the Forest Park Gougane Barra.Lush green, a …

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  • Easy
    01:45
    4.09 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There are four hiking trails in the area around Tintern that are accessible to everyone. The starting point of all routes is at Tintern Abbey. On the hike presented here, you can not only visit the Tintern Abbey with its historical background, but also hike over a beautiful stone bridge, which gives you fantastic views of the mouth of the river into the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • Easy
    00:27
    1.00 mi
    2.3 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    At 1.6 kilometers and just under 30 minutes, the hike is very short in itself, but these fantastic views are sure to captivate you for much longer. The trail is mostly on a path and passes through a quiet forest, as well as an open area of rocks and grass on the way to Scalp Lookout.From here you have …

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  • Easy
    01:07
    2.49 mi
    2.2 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Located on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries, Ardgillan Demesne is unique among Dublin's regional parks for its magnificent views. The park landscape consists of a mixture of wild forest paths, sheltered picnic areas and hilly lawns and pastures. From here you have a breathtaking panoramic view of the Morne Mountains and the coast in north Dublin.Ardgillan, which …

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  • Easy
    01:47
    4.28 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Belleek Woods there are many historical testimonies from the past to discover, including a hermitage, the Knox Gore memorial, also known as "The Horse's Grave", the ominous concrete boat that has been lying in Belleek Woods for decades, and an extraordinary wall which was erected in Ireland during the famine.Belleek Woods is an ideal place to experience Irish …

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  • Easy
    01:18
    3.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This two-part hiking trail on the outskirts of Claremorris takes you over gravel roads and paths around man-made Clare Lake. You walk through forests and over open terrain until you arrive at the Land of the Giants.In this magical wonderland with huge objects like a huge chair, a huge rubber boot, an imposing guitar, a gigantic bunch of keys, …

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  • Easy
    01:12
    2.84 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Your hike takes you through the Curragh Chase on a level forest path, an old driveway and a path that is narrow in places and has some loose stones and protruding roots. You walk through an old deciduous and coniferous forest and can discover unique nature.Because for nature lovers there are a number of special protected areas in the …

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    Strandhill Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Strandhill Beach is located in County Sligo and is known beyond Ireland as a surfing beach. Accordingly, you will find many surf schools here - do you want to ride waves? In addition, from here you can enjoy a panoramic view of Knocknarea and Benbulben and go on great hikes.

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    Beaches by Stonefield

    Hiking Highlight

    Beautiful long sandy beaches that invite you to take long walks. From the beach you have great views of the cliffs that surround the beach on both sides. In addition to the fantastically beautiful sand dunes, you will also find a small cave under the cliffs that you can explore. The sheltered bay of Carrowteige is great for swimming.

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    Keem Bay Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Here, Caribbean turquoise meets lush green: Keem Beach is located in a beautiful horseshoe bay on Achill Island in County Mayo. The sandy beach is surrounded by high cliffs and thus protected from the wind.

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    Dog's Bay Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    The beautiful Dog's Bay has a spectacular horseshoe shape with a white sandy beach that is more than a kilometer long. The sand does not consist of conventional limestone, but of shell fragments that give it a pure white color. The beach is naturally protected by the headland and is considered safe for swimming and is also ideal for other water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing.

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    Barley Cove beach

    Hiking Highlight

    The dream beach Barley Cove is located between two headlands on the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork. The beach is ideal for a trip with the whole family. It impresses with an extensive dune system and a wild and beautiful landscape. This beautiful beach, which is just as suitable for long walks as it is for great beach days with bathing fun, is designated as a special protected area under the European Habitats Directive.

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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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    Curracloe Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    A mixture of the Baltic Sea and the Caribbean: Curracloe Beach is a beautiful white sand beach in County Wexford. The beach, which has already been seen in a Hollywood movie, stretches for several kilometers and is famous for its soft, fine sand. The beach is particularly suitable for families because its shallow access makes it safe for swimming.

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    Morriscastle Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Morriscastle Beach is close to the quaint village of Kilmuckridge, which is one of the most popular resorts in South East Ireland. The long sandy beach is ideal for relaxing walks, and you will also find many secluded bays on the beach where you can have cozy picnics with your family. You can also take a stroll down to Newtown from the beach, visiting Ballteigue Bog and bird-abundant Fodagh along the way.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Highlights
    11
  • Distance
    33.5 mi
  • Duration
    14:15 h
  • Elevation
    1,575 ft

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