Hiking in Ireland

January 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

After drinking Guinness and kissing the Blarney Stone, hiking and hillwalking are some of the most popular activities for tourists in Ireland, and with mountain ranges extending almost the entire perimeter of the Emerald Isle, you don’t have to venture far from the bright lights of Dublin to find yourself immersed in untamed wilderness.

Hiking allows you to travel the length and breadth of the country, experiencing all of Ireland’s best-loved locations and best-kept secrets. The wide variety of trails and official Waymarked Ways available means that walkers and hikers of all levels can enjoy the Irish countryside at their own pace.

And where better to finish off a long hike than at a traditional Irish B&B? Offering a warm atmosphere and plenty of local flavour, B&Bs can be found all over the country and are a great way to experience authentic Irish life, as well as providing a comfortable, affordable place to relax and recuperate. And there’s always the full Irish breakfast to help get you ready for a new day’s walking…

Here is BedandBreakfastworld.com’s guide to some of Ireland’s most popular hiking and walking trails.

Giant’s Causeway and the Causeway Coastal Route, Co. Antrim

Book bed and breakfasts near the Giant’s Causeway at BedandBreakfastworld.comThe Causeway Coastal Route works its way along the Northern Irish coastline from Derry in the West to Belfast in the East, taking a recommended 5 days. The key attraction to be found en route is, of course, the Giant’s Causeway, which offers undoubtedly some of Ireland’s most impressive scenery and is Northern Ireland’s most-visited landmark. The 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by a volcanic eruption some 50 million years ago, are not only a National Nature Reserve but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Giant’s Causeway is approximately an hour’s drive from the city of Belfast.

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The Dingle Peninsula and the Dingle Way, Co. Kerry

Book bed and breakfasts near the Dingle Way at BedandBreakfastworld.comThe Dingle Peninsula is the most western part of Ireland, and offers dramatic scenery comprising sandstone mountains, high cliffs, farmland and sandy coves. An Irish-speaking area, the peninsula boasts 6,000 years of history which can be witnessed in nearly 2,000 archaeological sites. The highest point of the Slieve Mish mountain range is Mount Brandon, at 951 metres, which is also the highest mountain in Ireland outside of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Among other trails, the peninsula is home to the 8-day Dingle Way, a 179-kilometre circuit which starts and ends at Tralee, passing through Dingle and other villages.

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