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Walking Trails in Ireland


Walking Trails

Get out there and enjoy the wildlife, habitats and landscape that Ireland has to offer.

Check out some of the websites outlined below which provide a wealth of information on cycling and walking trails around the countryside.

Discover Ireland

Fáilte Ireland's Discover Ireland website has lots of information on outdoor activities in Ireland. The walks are split into types so you can choose from one-day Loop walks and long distance Waymarked Walks, to forest walks, national parks and pilgrim paths. Click on the 'Walking in Ireland' page for more information.


Looped Walks

Fáilte Ireland with support from the Dept of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht affairs has developed 80 looped walks throughout the country over the last two years. The walks come under the themes Heritage, Nature, Mountain & Coastal.

A number of walks have two to three loops from the trailhead to choose from. Each trailhead provides facilities such as car parks, map boards & picnic areas.


National Waymarked Ways

From the reasonably short 26-km Cavan Way to the 214km Kerry Way, these routes are split into stages with accommodation along the way so you break up the journey how you like. There are 31 National Waymarked Ways all of which are signposted with standard markes with most having maps and guidebooks to accompany them. See: for more information.


Coillte Outdoors

Coillte, Ireland's leading forestry company, has over 150 woodland sites across the country for outdoor recreation enthusiasts to enjoy. Coillte’s woodlands are located in some of Ireland’s most beautiful locations and provide perfect places for families or enthusiasts to walk, hike or mountain bike.

The Coillte Outdoors website allows you to search for recreational sites by county, or by activity. Maps directions, and site descriptions are all included.


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