Fishing in Ireland With its spectacularly rugged coastline, and endless surges of emerald-green hills peppered with ancient ruins, and vast collection of clear blue lakes and waterways, Ireland is the ideal location to explore on foot.

The trails in just four of Ireland’s many scenic spots – the Wicklow Mountains, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, and Connemara – and you’ll understand instantly.

Hiking through open farmland, lush valleys, mountainous moors, and along breath-taking clifftops, you’ll discover early Christian monasteries, enigmatic stone circles and Celtic forts, medieval manors, as well as Ireland’s lively culture and people along the way.

The exact routes and directions for the following selection of just a few of Ireland’s best walking routes can easily be found locally.

Wicklow, Co. Wicklow

Ireland’s first waymarked trail, and due to its proximity to Dublin, has remained one of the most popular walking routes in Ireland. Despite being only 90 minutes from Dublin Airport, the walk contains 130 kilometres of beautifully unspoilt mountain trails and a huge variety of scenic marvels, including some truly remote upland experiences. Besides mountains, upland lakes, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, forests, and farmland, the trail passes many examples of historical human habitation, such as the early Christian monastic settlement established by St Kevin in Glendalough valley. The trail is well signposted, with rougher sections of the track graded to prevent erosion, and the central section is covered by the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

The Ring of Kerry, Co. Kerry

At over 200 kilometres, this is Ireland's longest signposted walking trail and is also one of the most popular. Beginning and ending in Killarney, around 85 kilometres west of Cork City, and looping around the Iveragh Peninsula, the Kerry Way passes through some of the most isolated and awe-inspiring countryside in Ireland.

A more relaxed and unhurried walking version of the world-famous Ring of Kerry, the trail follows a similar but far more peaceful route around the peninsula, bringing you closer to the beauty of the Irish landscape, and allowing more time to appreciate the magnificent surroundings. The route follows a mixture of terrain, from roads to boardwalks to forest paths, passing around bays and over summits, all the time surrounded by some of Ireland’s most fantastic scenery, including some astonishing views of Skellig Michael, the McGillycuddy's Reeks - where Ireland's highest mountains, Carrauntoohil and Caher, reach high into the skies.

Dingle, Co. Kerry

This walking tour follows the original trail of the Dingle Way, a 179-kilometre-long National Waymarked Trail around the Dingle Peninsula, and the official beginning and end of the circular route is Tralee, the capital of Co. Kerry.

The Dingle Way is such a popular trail largely thanks to the sheer diversity of the scenery. Each turn in the path reveals a dramatic change in the countryside, from wandering the foothills of Slieve Mish to crossing the shoulder of Mount Brandon. From the violent waves of the Atlantic Ocean at Slea Head to the quiet setting of the pastoral farmlands and sandy beaches around Castlegregory.

Connemara, Co. Galway & Co. Mayo

This trail, beginning in Oughterard, 30 minutes north of Galway City, and ending at Westport in Co. Mayo, is a popular route for walkers who love the stunning and scenic wilderness that is Connemara.

The trail first heads north-west along Lough Corrib, into a wilderness of forests, mountains and bogland before finding Maam Valley. From there, it crosses the Maumturk Mountains, before descending into the beautiful Inagh Valley. Passing the Twelve Bens and the Maumturks, it eventually reaches Killary Harbour in the idyllic village of Leenane. From there, the trail leaves County Galway and enters Co. Mayo, taking in views of Croagh Patrick Mountain and the islands in Clew Bay; it finally finishes in the lively town of Westport.

Doolin Cliff

Doolin Cliff Walk covers over 20km path along the cliff of Doolin; it will lead you over the Cliffs of Moher. You will enjoy the amazing views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay from the top of the cliff at 214m. While there, you will be able to listen to the waves crashing and rolling below you, but keep your eye on the track because this challenging. Following the path will lead you to Doolin village, famous for its traditional Irish music and lively atmosphere.

Beara Way

Beara Way is a 196km long circuit of the south of the Beara Peninsula. Where you will come across archaeological and historical sites. Stop off at stone circles and ring forts, remember to stop once awhile to take in the scenic islands. While on the route, you will be able to pass beaches and fishing harbours, you are in for a treat as when you finish your trials, you will be able to country’s finest Irish meals.