Ireland is one of the more hiking destinations in the world. It is gifted with colorful wildlife, rugged coastline, majestic mountains, and charming villages, not to mention rich history and the Irish hospitality. Its wide range of terrain – from forest tracks and coastal paths to mountain passes – offer hikers from all over the world an experience of a lifetime. Here are some popular hiking areas in Ireland that you should not miss:
Located in Galway Bay, the Aran Islands are composed of the islands of Inishmore, Inisheer, and Inishmaan. You can go to these islands by ferry from either Rossaveal or Doolin. In this trip, you will see limestone ridges, wild flowers, fishing currachs, island communities, stone forts, archaeological remains, and Gaelic culture. There are also a lot of quiet beaches, rocky shores, and small roads. The first language of the residents is Irish, but they speak English to visitors.
Hiking in this area is a fantastic pastime. The flowers are enchanting and the views are breathtaking. The hills in the Burren are not too steep, perfect for moderate hikes. You will also find an ancient green road in the slopes of Slieve Elva. You can explore the coastal Burren on foot all along the road when you are heading north towards Ballyvaughan and Fanore. This area is a paradise for photographers. The light is magical if you hike to the shore early morning or late evening.
One of Ireland’s gems, the Dingle Peninsula juts out from the west into the Atlantic Ocean, culminating with Blasket Islands. If you want to smell the pure sea breeze, walk on the wonderful Inch beach. Then follow sections of the Dingle Way, down the old bog roads. Have fun in Dingle Town with its popular fishing harbor. Hikers keep coming back to Dingle for the most stunning scenery, beautiful trails, lush green valleys, and rocky cliffs.
Donegal is another popular hiking destination in Ireland. It is the center of the northwest Gaeltacht, where people speak Gaelic as their first language. This region is where traditional culture is promoted. The Donegal mountains are of particular interest for many hikers. They are admired for their majestic size and scenic beauty.