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From secret coves to hidden waterfalls – Roz Purcell's guide to the 30 best walks with a wild swim in Ireland

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Roz Purcell's best hikes and dips around Ireland

Roz Purcell's best hikes and dips around Ireland

Roz Purcell takes a dip in St Kevin's Pool in Co Wicklow. Picture: Sean Cahill

Roz Purcell takes a dip in St Kevin's Pool in Co Wicklow. Picture: Sean Cahill

Sliabh Liag

Sliabh Liag

Fintra Beach

Fintra Beach

Dog's Bay

Dog's Bay

Keem Bay

Keem Bay

Keem

Keem

Benwee Head

Benwee Head

Lough Bray. Picture: Sean Cahill

Lough Bray. Picture: Sean Cahill

Bishop's Pool

Bishop's Pool

Tully Mountain

Tully Mountain

Bray Head

Bray Head

Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon

Benbulben

Benbulben

Spinc White Route Trail

Spinc White Route Trail

Slieve Doan

Slieve Doan

Slieve Binnian

Slieve Binnian

Moylussa

Moylussa

Lugnaquilla

Lugnaquilla

Benbulben

Benbulben

Slieve Binnian

Slieve Binnian

Lough Curra

Lough Curra

Mweelrea

Mweelrea

Blackstairs

Blackstairs

Ardmore

Ardmore

Pollock Holes, Kilkee

Pollock Holes, Kilkee

Ballymoney Beach

Ballymoney Beach

Glassilaun Beach

Glassilaun Beach

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Roz Purcell's best hikes and dips around Ireland

All the best walks in Ireland with a cooling dip en route.

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1. The hike: St Kevin’s Way, Wicklow

Route type: Point A to B
Starting point: St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood
Finishing point: Glendalough Round Tower
Distance: 26km Elevation: 650m Approx time: 8 hours
Parking: Yes (on-road parking available after mass times) Fee: No
Dog friendly: Yes
Firstly, don’t let the distance put you off; you can break this hike up into shorter sections. For example, the 11km section of trail starting at Ballinagee and finishing at Glendalough brings you by some of the best features on the trail.


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