Monday 20 November 2017

Walking clubs

Walking clubs are a great way to socialise, and they're delighted to have you along. The Irish Heart Foundation ( lists dozens in the Republic, and the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs ( can put you in touch with more than 30 in Northern Ireland.

For more ideas, consult your local tourist office.

Winter Walking Festivals 2010-11

  • December 30-January 2: Go Ireland New Year Walking Festival, Co Kerry This Killarney-based walking festival (above right) offers walks ranging from a gentle toddle around the lakes to a serious climb up our highest peak Carrantuohill.

Info: 066 976 2094;

  • December 31-January 3: Christmas Walking Festival,

Westport, Co Mayo High-level or low-level walks to suit all abilities, plus fabulous music in the evenings.

Info: 098 26090;

  • January 28-30: Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, Co Tipperary Tackle the snowy Galty Mountains or lower routes around the glen, then party till dawn at Aherlow House Hotel.

Info: 062 6331;

  • March 5-6: Táin Walking Festival, Carlingford, Co Louth

A weekend exploring the glorious hill scenery of the Cooley Peninsula -- walks for all levels of fitness and ability.

Info: 042 935 3116; discover

  • St Patrick's Weekend, March: Ardara Walking Festival, Co Donegal

Donegal-style fun -- tough hill climbs, country walks, seaside rambles, craic in the evenings.

Info: 086 234 1061;

  • March 18-20: Croagh Patrick Walking Festival, Co Mayo

Three days on foot along the 38-mile Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail, ending at the foot of Croagh Patrick (pictured left). More talking, singing, music and fun than you can shake a stick at!

Info: 094 936 6709; croagh

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