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Walking back to happiness: the best hikes in Ireland

You’ll feel better about the coronavirus lockdown if you get out in the fresh air. Today and tomorrow, we bring you 25 of our beautiful land’s best spring walks. Compiled by Helen Fairbairn, Adrian Hendroff and John G O’Dwyer

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Something for all ages and abilities: There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers – like a family walk through woods full of bluebells in the spring

Something for all ages and abilities: There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers – like a family walk through woods full of bluebells in the spring

Something for all ages and abilities: There are trails here for families with toddlers or buggies, for those looking for a good stretch, and for serious hikers – like a family walk through woods full of bluebells in the spring

Now the country is in partial lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, walking is the new social outlet for many.

With new social distancing guidelines in place, many events and social gatherings have been cancelled.

With that in mind, we've rounded up a selection of excellent hikes and trails, chosen by three expert walkers - authors all - which are particularly good in spring.