Five Irish hikes you need to do this summer

While we are capable of having four seasons in one day, when the weather is good you can’t beat Ireland!

We are home to some of the most breathtaking views and scenery right under our noses.

If you are looking for something to do this summer to get out into the fresh air with some friends or even to go for a picnic with a view why not grab the hiking boots and explore what our own home has to offer?

Here are our top 5 hikes you need to do this summer.

Ballycotton Cliff Walk, Cork


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This beginner/easy level 12km cliff walk is located in Cork this hike offers beautiful ocean views on the cliff track with meadows on one side and the wild Atlantic on the other.

There are also plenty of seats to stop along the way as well as a wide range of wildlife.

Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, Fermanagh


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Why not explore Ireland’s very own Stairway to Heaven, 7.5km long and rated easy to moderate this is perfect for someone looking for something different to do in Ireland.

You will see why it is called the Stairway to Heaven once you have experienced it yourself, after the steep climb to the summit. It is located near the UNESCO Global Geopark which is a lovely place to check out after the park.

The Causeway Coastal Route, Antrim

This Giant’s Causeway coastal route is certainly not one to miss out on. Beginning at the Giants Causeway and guaranteed to include some breathtaking views.

What some have called the best coastal route in Ireland it is 7.2km long and full of history the whole way including the wreck of the Girona, one of the ships from the ill-fated Spanish Armada.


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This Donegal trail has been praised for its views of both sunrise and sunset as well as a new trail recently added as well as stairs to make it easier to reach the summit.

With 360-degree views of Donegal, this 5km hike is perfect for someone looking to challenge themselves this summer.

Glendalough and the Spinc Cliffs, Wicklow

One of the longer hikes on this list, this 13.6-mile walk is located just outside Dublin.

Beginning at Glendalough Visitor Centre and surrounded by lakes as well as a waterfall, Glendalough offers a day out for the whole family.

Top Tips For an Irish Hike:

If you are going to take on a hike in Ireland it is important to remember to be safe. Here are some top tips before you set off.

Always pack for all weather types, the weather is so unpredictable in Ireland.

Never attempt a hike you are unsure of or that is too difficult for your experience. Always do your research beforehand.

Bring a physical map as well as your phones, service as well as signposts may not be in your favour.

Make sure to not trespass onto private land and keep on the designated hiking trail.

Pack snacks and make sure to clean up your rubbish after yourself!

Make sure you know the emergency numbers for Ireland, 112 or 999.

Enjoy and make sure to make plenty of memories.


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