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25 Best Walks in Ireland: No matter what your fitness level!

From coastal routes to mountain climbs and child-friendly trails, here's our ultimate guide to Ireland's best walks!

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Looking toward Bray Head and Little Sugar Loaf from the summit of Carrickgollogan, From ‘Family Walks Around Dublin – A Walking Guide’, by Adrian Hendroff, Collins Press, 2017. See ‘Explore Ireland’s Mountains’ at adrianhendroff.com.

Looking toward Bray Head and Little Sugar Loaf from the summit of Carrickgollogan, From ‘Family Walks Around Dublin – A Walking Guide’, by Adrian Hendroff, Collins Press, 2017. See ‘Explore Ireland’s Mountains’ at adrianhendroff.com.

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

Bray & Greystones Cliff Walk. Photo: Fáílte Ireland

Bray & Greystones Cliff Walk. Photo: Fáílte Ireland

Lough Boora, Co. Offaly. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Lough Boora, Co. Offaly. Photo: Fáilte Ireland

Best walks in Leinster. Source: Sunday Independent

Best walks in Leinster. Source: Sunday Independent

Connacht Walks. Source: Sunday Independent

Connacht Walks. Source: Sunday Independent

Great walks in Munster: Sunday Independent

Great walks in Munster: Sunday Independent

Ulster Walks. Map: Sunday Independent

Ulster Walks. Map: Sunday Independent

The Lake Isle of Inisfree, Co Sligo (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Corbis via Getty Images)

The Lake Isle of Inisfree, Co Sligo (Photo by Alain Le Garsmeur/Corbis via Getty Images)

Ella McSweeney. Photo: Sunday Independent

Ella McSweeney. Photo: Sunday Independent

Adrian Hendroff

Adrian Hendroff

David Flanagan

David Flanagan

Helen Fairbairn

Helen Fairbairn

Walks in Leinster: Sunday Independent

Walks in Leinster: Sunday Independent

Walks in Leinster: Sunday Independent

Walks in Leinster: Sunday Independent

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Looking toward Bray Head and Little Sugar Loaf from the summit of Carrickgollogan, From ‘Family Walks Around Dublin – A Walking Guide’, by Adrian Hendroff, Collins Press, 2017. See ‘Explore Ireland’s Mountains’ at adrianhendroff.com.

Where can you find the best walks in Ireland?

For such a small island, Ireland offers a huge variety of landscapes to explore. And nowhere is too far from the start point of a good walking route.

“What you find is, when you do the Irish paths,” says writer and veteran walker John G O’Dwyer, “the walk across the Shehy Mountains inland is so different from the skeletal landscape that you get out in Dingle, so different again from the rolling hills of Wicklow — and then you go back up Croagh Patrick and see the lonesome West of Ireland. For such a small island, such a huge variety.”


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