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14 Irish walking trails named among 1,001 to experience before you die

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Published 06/08/2015 | 17:46

View over South Dublin from the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Rob Durston/Fáilte Ireland
View over South Dublin from the Dublin Mountains. Photo: Rob Durston/Fáilte Ireland
1,001 Walks to Experience Before You Die

A walking trail that starts just eight miles from O'Connell Street has been named as one of the most scenic in the world.

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The Dublin Mountains Way, which runs from Shankill to Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght, is featured in '1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die' (Quintessence), a book curated by author and travel writer, Barry Stone.

In total, 14 Irish walks feature in the book, including the Antrim Hills Way, the Burren Way, the Causeway Coast Way, Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail, the Dingle Way, Grand Canal Way, Great Southern Trail, Keenagh Loop Walk, the Arigna Miner's Way, St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Walk, the Táin Way and the Tipperary Heritage Way.

The trails are listed alongside walks ranging from Africa’s Rift Valley to the Appalachian Trail, with the Kerry Way and Wicklow Way also included.

The 43km Dublin Mountains Way encompasses mountain trails, country paths and rural roads as it winds its way towards the suburbs, and is graded as "strenuous" in the guide.

It was established in 2009 to improve the recreational experience for Dubliners who regularly walk the Dublin Mountains, according to Fáilte Ireland.

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1,001 Walks to Experience Before You Die

“The Dublin Mountains Way is a great example of the wealth of trails that exist in Ireland today,” said Orla Carroll, Director of Dublin, Fáilte Ireland, who added that its inclusion emphasised the potential of outdoors activities on Dublin's doorstep.

''This is terrific news for the Dublin Mountain Partnership and everyone associated with it," said Mark d'Alton of the Dublin Mountains Initiative. "For a walk that is on the urban fringe to be included in a book like this is really remarkable."

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