Iconic walks of the Republic of Ireland

There are two favourite hiking areas in the Republic of Ireland - the Wicklow Mountains (south of Dublin) and the Southwest peninsulas. The Wicklow Mountains are readily accessible from Dublin and offer spectacular uplands walking. By contrast, the five peninsulas in the southwest (the Dingle Peninsula, the Kerry Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the Mizen Peninsula) offer diverse and dramatic coastal terrain. 

The most frequented trails are the Wicklow Way, the Dingle Way, the Kerry Way, the Beara Way and the Sheep’s Head Way. Weather is extremely changeable and walkers can experience four seasons in ten minutes, so remember to pack those waterproof layers.

 
 

Republic of Ireland

 

 

Wicklow Way

Ireland’s first and much loved national trail with some of its most diverse scenery.

⏱ Duration: 7-10 Days
🗺 Distance: 129km
⛰ Difficulty: Moderate
🗓 Best Time: March - Oct

 

DINGLE WAY

Circuit walk around scenic and historic Dingle Peninsula in south-west Ireland.

⏱ Duration: 8 Days
🗺 Distance: 184 km
⛰ Difficulty: Moderate
🗓 Best Time: Mar - Oct

 

BEARA WAY

Another circuit walk on most remote of south-west’s Atlantic Ocean peninsulas.

⏱ Duration: 8 days
🗺 Distance: 35km
⛰ Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
🗓 Best Time: Jan - March