Breathtaking views, fascinating history, mysterious legends and a world-famous Irish welcome make walking in Ireland an absolutely unforgettable adventure.
Ready to explore Ireland on foot? These are three spectacular walking tours in Ireland for 2016…
1. Walk to the iconic Cliffs of Moher
You will set off on your hiking adventure from the surfing village of Lahinch. The coastal paths of The Burren Way will take you to the impressive Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic Ocean; one of Ireland’s most iconic natural monuments.
Magnificent ocean views stretching for miles will be your reward on this relatively easy trail, as you make your way to quaint villages along the Wild Atlantic Way. Ancient monuments such as dolmens and ring forts dot the landscapes of The Burren (which means big rock in Irish), an area of unique beauty.
Top tip: take a ‘rest day’ in Doolin to allow you to cross by boat to the fascinating Aran Islands.
2. Follow in the Giant’s footsteps
Follow in the footsteps of the giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill (pronounced Mc-Cool) walking the Causeway Coast Way and Moyle Way, in Northern Ireland; a trail of legends and breathtaking scenery.
According to the legend, this epic landscape formed by over 40,000 amazingly geometrical rocks was the creation of giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Fionn built the causeway to reach Scotland, when he was challenged to a battle by a Scottish giant by the name of Benandonner. Myth or fact, the UNESCO-listed causeway is a must-see if you are visiting Ireland in 2016. Game of Thrones fans might also recognise some of the show’s filming locations along the way.
Top tip: if you are scared of heights you should avoid the 20-metre long Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, built by local fishermen over 200 years ago to take them to a small island where they could catch salmon.
3. Take the pilgrim path in Donegal
Off the beaten track, Donegal’s Bluestack and St Cholmcille Way is relatively undiscovered and full of wonderful history and simply magnificent views.
The St Cholmcille Way takes walkers to the Donegal coastal village named after St Cholmcille (or St Columba) and an important pilgrimage destination for many centuries. Along with St Patrick and St Brigid, St Cholmcille (or Columba) is one of the most important saints in early Christian Ireland.
On this trail, walkers will also reach some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe: the imposing Slieve League Cliffs, following another ancient pilgrim path. The village of Ardara and panoramic views from the Glengesh Pass are two other unmissable stops on this walking tour.
Top tip: treat yourself to the freshest seafood in the fishing village of Killybegs.
These tips and ideas are from walking specialists, IrelandWays.com. You can also visit the links in this post above for more info.