Howth Cliff Path Loop Walk
The Howth Cliff Path Loop Walk is a moderate 6 to 10km (2 to 3 hrs) loop walk taking in some easy road walking, rugged but superb cliff walking and great scenery. Only a hop, skip and jump from Dublin City by road or train (Dart), Howth is an idyllic seaside day out from the bustling city and one of the top things to see and o when visiting or living in Dublin.
Located just 4 miles from the City Centre, Dollymount Beach, is located on the Bull Island and is well known to many Dubliners and is often affectionately referred to as ‘Dollier’.
The beach is very popular for joggers and walkers, some accompanied by their dogs. The wildlife reserve status of the island means that dogs must be kept under control by their owners.
Wind permitting, the beach is used for kitesurfing and there is a vibrant community of kitesurfers that frequent the beach almost all year round.
The beach can be accessed via either the Wooden Bridge on the Clontarf Road, or further north, via the Causeway Road that extends toward the sea from Watermill Road in Raheny.
By the time they reach cities, most rivers have deposited their personality: they’re flat, dull, dirty. But the Dodder is different. Flowing from Kippure mountain to the Liffey, it’s a river rich in whitewater and wildlife. Weeping willows, weirs and wildlife, the Dodder has it all, Starts at Clonskeagh via Milltown finishes at Rathfarnham shopping centre. Runs alongside the River Dodder passing Darty Park and Bushy Park. (5 km )
The Velvet Strand is a long sandy beach, approximately 5 km in length, consisting of a large sandy dune area. There are public toilets located at the northern end of the beach. Portmarnock is a haven for beach goers during the summer months, offering facilities like hotels, restaurants, fast food outlets and golf courses.The town is served by the No. 32B and No. 42 bus services and the DART from Dublin City Centre. There is also a large public car-park at the beach.This beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season. Lifeguard times can be viewed by clicking on the tab above or by checking out the information notice board at the beach.
Bull Island is a low lying, dune covered sand spit in Dublin Bay off the coast of the city’s north side. As a National Nature reserve it is a paradise for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts, and a good place for walking. It is adjacent to private golf courses The Royal Dublin and St Anne’s. Bull Island is located between Dublin and Howth. There is no drive on access to the beach.
Its habitats include beach, dunes, mud flats, grassland and marsh. The island was the first official bird sanctuary in the country in the 1930’s. In 1981 it achieved status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to its rare and threatened habitats and species along with its use by important numbers of overwintering birds.
Kilmashogue offers up to 10 km of mountain and forest walks with some spectacular views of Dublin City. A very pleasant walk through the plantation of conifers starts in the car park and heads up the Kilmashogue Mountain with lots of view points with magnificent panoramas of Dublin Bay and the surrounding countryside. The difficulty of walking paths is moderate with the main forest road easily accessible for children and people with lower level of fitness. However, when taking the yellow marked Wicklow Way, parts of which are strenuous for the walker/hiker, and venturing into the hills, visitors are advised to be equipped with waterproof clothing, strong shoes, a drink and a map of compass.Close to the car park, there is a bronze age megalithic tomb. Kilmashogue forest also offers an easy access to the Three Rock Mountain, Tiknock Forest and Tibradden Mountain.
The Dublin Mountains (Hikes)
Route developed by the Dublin Mountains Partnership, the trail is signposted. The route has mountain trails, country paths through fields and forests and quiet side roads.
Hiking from East to West the 6 main stages include:
Stage 1 – Shankill to The Scalp (Barnaslingan)
Stage 2 – The Scalp (Barnaslingan) to Cruagh (long option)
Stage 2 – The Scalp (Barnaslingan) to Glencullen
Stage 3 – Glencullen to Cruagh
Stage 4 – Glencullen to Fairy Castle Loop Walk
Stage 5 – Cruagh to Fairy Castle Loop Walk
Stage 6 – Cruagh to Glenasmole
Stage 7 – Massy’s to Hell Fire Spur Route
Stage 8 – Glenasmole to Tallaght
Each Stage has different difficulty levels, and vary in length.
On a blustery day, it’s as difficult to climb as it is to spell, but Djouce holds its own in Wicklow for its centrality (it's something of a lynchpin along the Wicklow Way), its striking shape, and the sheer variety of terrain you encounter along the way.
The length of the walk depends on where you start — kicking off at Enniskerry is a popular, if masochistic, choice, as you can cut a couple of hours by parking at Crone Wood.
From there, proceed towards smashing views of Powerscourt Waterfall, before skipping through a brief valley and coming face to face with the mountain herself. Djouce looks simple, but invariably has the last laugh. The final stretch is a real calfbuster, and believe me, the winds will take the map right out of your hands.
Distance: c.10km. Walking time: 4hrs (allow 6hrs from Enniskerry)
Bray to Greystones walk
About 2 hours from Bray to Greystones, 20 mins return by train.
The walk around Bray Head is a real gem. As well as the uninterrupted views out to sea and of the cliff scenery, one of the most appealing aspects of the walk is how quickly the ambience changes from the bustle of Bray town to a quiet that feels a million miles away. The clear, level path is probably suitable for all ages, although care is needed with young children at some stretches where the path runs close to the cliffs.
Brittas Bay is one of the finest beaches on the East Coast. Brittas Bay has a 5km stretch of beautiful white sand dunes and clean beaches.This beach has won a European Union (EU) Blue Flag – the interntional emblem for the highest quality beach areas in Europe – for five consecutive years. With no headlands to interfere with the peaceful rhythm, it is ideal for bathing, sailing and walking. Brittas has a 2mile/3.2km stretch of powdery sand and sand dune system which is a designated area of significant interest.The dunes are home to many interesting wildlife species and plants, including a number of rare species.Brittas Bay is home of the world famous European Golf Links course. You’ll also find a variety of activities such as Surfing and Horse Riding.
Carrickbyrne Hill is a historic and scenic 5km long forest trail with multiple viewing points. The hard volcanic outcrop that resisted the weathering process now stands out on the rather flat landscape. This is now a Slí na Slainte walk. It is ideal for walking with some terrific views of the neighbouring countryside. Being part of the Slí na Slainte network there are marked and measured routes. There are approximately 12.5 km of trails
Castletown is a small town located between the popular towns of Gorey and Arklow. It lies on the Wicklow/Wexford border and is situated at the foot of Tarahill! it has miles of sandy beach and plenty of facilitys. Such as it local shop, located just 5 minutes up the road in the neighbouring village of Tarahill.
Curracloe Beach in County Wexford is one of the most popular beaches in Ireland. Located 2KM away from Curracloe Village, this soft-sand beach is frequented by sunbathers and nature-lovers alike.During the summer months, you’ll find that the area is bustling with life, as holidaymakers leave their home counties to take up residence in the holiday homes, campsites, hotels and B&Bs that surround the area. Later on, during the autumn and winter months, Curracloe Beach and its nearby forest become a hot spot for dog-walkers, joggers and anyone else in pursuit of a peaceful stroll.
This is an easy walk through the grounds of Castletown. You can stick to the road or go down the grass trail and walk by the Liffey. A great walk for dogs (and maybe a swim for them too, if the river isn't flowing too strongly!) There's a restaurant in Castletown house and visitors can also take a tour of the house. At the weekends there's also a farmer's market in the grounds.
The Great Southern Trail
The Great Southern Trail (GST) is a unique 96km (60 miles) stretch of countryside in West Limerick/North Kerry. It is the route taken by the Limerick - Tralee/Fenit railway line, which opened in stages between 1867 and 1887. Most of the route closed between 1975 and 1978 but remains the property of CIÉ ( the National Transport Company). Much of the development as a recreational amenity has been undertaken by the GST Ltd. which is a voluntary group assisted by various Local and State agencies.
Today (May 2012) the GST is suitable for off road walking and cycling along 36km of the Co. Limerick section of the route between Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale. In Co.Kerry a short stretch has been developed near the Lartigue Museum in Listowel and work has commenced on the Tralee-Fenit section.
Connemara National Park
Spanning nearly 3,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths and woodlands, Connemara National Park is a fantastic spot for walking and hiking There are actually 3 walks to do within the park. The pathways are well marked out and signposted and the walks are planned to suit everyone, from the novice to the well-seasoned walker. You also have the added comfort of having Park Rangers on hand, just in case you get into any difficulties.
Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay
Lying back to back, Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are two of the most beautiful beaches in County Galway and probably in the West of Ireland. They are situated only 2 miles outside the picturesque village of Roundstone in Connemara, Co. Galway. Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay make up one of the finest stretches of coastline in Connemara
, offering uncompromising views of Errisbeg and the surrounding countryside.
Dogs Bay is a spectacular horseshoe shaped bay with more than a mile long stretch of white sandy beach. Similar to Gurteen Bay, the sand is not comprised of traditional limestone but rather made entirely of fragments of seashells which give it a pure white colour.Both beaches are well sheltered from currents and are considered safe for swimming and other watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. The are also wonderful destinations for walking.Location: Roundstone, Co. Galway
Kilmurvey Beach is a magnificent sandy beach with blue flag status on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands
. It is perfectly safe for swimming for those of all ages as there are no strong currents unlike some of the more hidden and inaccessible beaches. The white sand contrasts beautifully with the blue water on a sunny day. There are some perfect picnic spots on the dunes and toilets near the roads. When the tide is right you can jump off the old pier into the clear water.
Location: Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Co. Galway
The Nore Linear Park
The Nore Linear Park follows the banks of the River Nore as it flows through the Kilkenny City. The park has a network of accessible cycleways and footpaths on both sides of the river within the Kilkenny City and Environs.
The Nore Linear Park can be roughly divided into four sections.
The West Bank,The Peace Park,The Canal Walk,The Lacken Walk.
Youghal is in the enviable position that it can boast 4 beaches, each with its own special magic.
Front Strand & Claycastle Beaches are 2 sandy beaches located side by side and within walking distance of Youghal Town. Front Strand Beach is in an elevated sheltered position with a promenade and steps leading on to the soft fine sand. Children just love to paddle, swim and build their sand empire here. It is ideal spot for a beach picnic. Car parking and toilet facilities together with on-duty lifeguard (during bathing season) amenities onsite.
Continue walking along the shore from Claycastle Beach, and you will come to the Blue Flag Redbarn Beach. Redbarn Beach is a mixture of sand, pebble and some shell. It makes for great swimming, walking and beach fun. Ballyvergen Marsh, of huge ornithological and botanical significance – listen for the birdsong. A mid-morning walk across all three beaches is a very popular activity, followed by lunch at the adjacent to The Quality Hotel. The Beach of course may also be accessed by road – it is very well signposted from all directions.Continue walking along the shore from Claycastle Beach, and you will come to the Blue Flag Redbarn Beach. Redbarn Beach is a mixture of sand, pebble and some shell. It makes for great swimming, walking and beach fun. Ballyvergen Marsh, of huge ornithological and botanical significance – listen for the birdsong. A mid-morning walk across all three beaches is a very popular activity, followed by lunch at the adjacent to The Quality Hotel. The Beach of course may also be accessed by road – it is very well signposted from all directions.
Allihies - Ballydonegan Loop
This walk gives you some fine walking along the coast as well as circling the hillsides beyind Allihies and Ballydonegan. It takes you on minor road, coastline and hillside tracks, passing through an area dotted with disused mine sites. There are great views of coastal scenery, including the Bay and Cod Head, and the surrounding hills and mountains. 4hr 30min.
Bantry’s Heritage Loop Walks
Bantry has a wealth of heritage, natural and built, from sea, woodlands and mountains, to Bantry House, the Kilnaurane Pillar stone and story of Wolfe Tone. The aim is to take walkers on a tour of many of the heritage points of interest in and around the town.The walks vary from 2.5m to 5km plus, but they can be linked together to form a walk of more than 20km. Most of the walks use pavements, paths and small roads, so are suitable for all the family. For the more adventurous there is the possibility of striking out across the peak of Knocknaveagh, which provides stunning views over the town and bay. The walks are complemented by a series of interpretative boards erected by Bantry Tourism, Failte Ireland and Cork County Council.
The Nore Linear Park
The Nore Linear Park is located on the banks of the River Nore running through Kilkenny City. A network of approximately ten kilometres of footpaths and cycle lanes have been developed running from Fennessy’s Mill, to the south of the city, to the weir at the Bleach Road in the north. Parallel to the Dublin Road at Lacken, you can connect into the Nore Valley walk south to Bennettsbridge.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains
The gentle rolling hills of the The Slieve Bloom Mountains rise from the central plains of Ireland, forming a natural link between the counties of Laois and of Offaly. The area is picturesque, peaceful, gloriously multi-coloured and one of the least explored in Ireland. Dotted around the mountains are quaint little villages, and to visit one is like stepping back in time to an era when life moved at a slower pace. These are the places where people will take the time to talk to you, will listen to your stories and enjoy telling you theirs. According to the locals the Slieve Bloom have everything, except the sea!
Walk in the Slieve Bloom and discover a wonderful variety of landscapes - blanket bogs, forestry paths, wooded valleys, mountain streams and waterfalls, and old settlement ruins. We have a choice of 16 different Looped Walks from 6 different Trail Heads to suit all levels of fitness with detailed maps and directions. There are also two long distance way-marked walks - the Slieve Bloom Way and the Offaly Way. Each year we have two walking festivals, a May Bank Holiday Festival and a July Eco Festival. We also have organised walks every weekend.
Causway coast way
This superb walking route takes you along Northern Ireland's most celebrated coastline. High cliffs, secluded beaches, picturesque harbours and numerous landmarks, including the famous Giant’s Causeway
, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and dramatic Dunluce Castle just some of the treats on offer. With frequent access points and terrain suitable for all fit walkers varying from grassy paths, which can often be soft underfoot, long sweeping beach and tarmacked paths and roads.
Divis Ridge trail
The circular Divis Ridge trail located in the Belfast Hills offers spectacular skyline views over Belfast
as well as the Mourne Mountains, Scotland and the Isle of Man without having to climb any hills!
On the Divis Trail
One of four trails on Divis and the Black Mountain which, at an elevation of 478m (1,568ft.), is the highest point in the Belfast, the Ridge Trail is on relatively flat paths on tarmac, boardwalk and stone pitched gravel with a few stiles to cross. After visiting Belfast’s most spectacular viewpoint call into the Divis Coffee Barn – Ireland’s highest coffee shop!
Downhill Beach is part of an 11km stretch of sand and surf offering a wealth of activities including water sports, scenic walks and facilities for that perfect family day out. Downhill is a Blue Flag Award Beach 2015. Cars are permitted on this beach throughout the year.
This stretch of beach is one of the most scenic in Ireland and visitors can enjoy views to Counties Donegal, Antrim and Londonderry. The nearest town to Downhill Beach is Castlerock, a small coastal town offering accommodation, pubs, restaurants, and excellent rail and transport links to Coleraine, Belfast and Dublin. Other nearby destinations includes the seaside resorts of Portrush and Portstewart.Downhill Beach is used in the filming of Game of Thrones as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and Melisandre, flames dancing into the night sky, proclaimed: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”
The Cuilcagh Mountain trail
A boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation.The boardwalk was built recently with funding provided by the European Union through the INTERREG IVA Border Uplands Project managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body and the Irish Central Border Area Network.The Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail is a linear route which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills. The route is quite isolated and showcases the scenic wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain. The trail meanders along a quiet farmland track before traversing a wooden boardwalk that consists of a steady climb to the mountain face. Here a stepped boardwalk climbs through steep terrain and boulders fields before reaching the summit plateau. A rough mountain path negotiates the wild summit plateau for a few kilometres before reaching an ancient cairn.
Boorin Nature Reserve
The characteristic small, pointed hills of Boorin Nature Reserve were formed when the melting ice sheets of the last Ice Age left behind huge amounts of sand and gravel. These hills are now cloaked in heather and are surrounded by peat bog. The small loughs found here are deep and are known as kettle-hole lakes.In summer the air is filled with the song of skylarks. Look for buzzards circling lazily overhead. It might be possible to catch a glimpse of a red grouse among the heather. Watch for the green hairstreak butterfly basking on bilberry in the sunshine.
Clinging to a steep slope at the northern end of the reserve is a rare surviving fragment of mature oak woodland. This wood is famous for its great variety of lichens, ferns and mosses. In springtime a carpet of bluebells and other woodland flowers paint the woodland floor in a riot of colour.
The best time of year to visit is all year round for glacial features. April – September for birds, butterflies and flowers and October – December for autumn colour in the wood.
Kilmaley and Connolly Mid Clare Walk
This loop walk (just east of Slieve Callan, the highest hill in West Clare) is one of the most beautiful walks you can do in County Clare. The 10 km loop leads on paved, nearly traffic-free boreens through beautiful landscape with lakes, rivers, rolling hills and with the rhododendrons in bloom from around mid-may to mid-june. It also includes a part of the Mid Clare Way and you can walk, run, cycle it - and you can extend it in any direction if you wish. Ideally you park your car in Kilmaley and start from there (2 hr walk )
This picturesque strand near Ballyvaughan, North Clare, though stony in parts this long beach has stunning views across Galway Bay and of the Burren. This beach located few miles past the village on the R447 road from Ballyvaughan
and is accessed by a narrow by road which is signposted. Facilities: Life guard, Car
Kilkee beach and rock pools
The beach is located beside Kilkee village East Clare
on the N68 road from Ennis, or the N67 from Kilrush or Killimer. The mile-long sandy beach is gently sloping and sheltered from the Atlantic weather. To the south of the beach, in the flat rocks, are a number of natural swimming pools, known as 'Pollock Holes', replenished with fresh sea-water at every tide, and ideal for children and uncertain swimmers. The diving
boards at New Found Out allow for dives of up to 13 metres (45 feet) into the open sea. Facilities: Lifeguard, Parking, nearby indoor swimming pool, dive centre, marina and surf school (hold classes in summer). This is a Blue Flag beach
Ballybay Walking Trail
The Town Park is located just off the Castleblayney Road out of Ballybay, right on the shore of Lough Major. There are good parking facilities, picnic area, public toilets (with disabled access), a bowling green, playpark etc. The centrepiece of the park is an oval grassed area with a tarred and lighted path encircling it. This provides an excellent walking facility that is accessible to all. This section is 0.5km but a footbridge off the circuit extends the Town Park along a lakeside path, to the bridge at the southern end of the Main Street.
There are two alternitave loops within this Ballybay walking trail info found on there website.
The North Kerry Way
The North Kerry Way is a 48 kilometre linear walking route through the northern part of County Kerry in the south west of Ireland, starting in the county town of Tralee and ending in the town of Ballyheigue. While not as well known as the Iveragh or Dingle Peninsulas of the same county, North Kerry has much to offer, including spectacular seascapes, the finest beaches in Ireland and a mul***ude of ancient sites, churches and field monuments. The route heads out of Tralee with the Dingle Way to Blennerville with its fine traditional windmill: there the routes part and the North Kerry Way heads north west along a sea wall at the back of Tralee Bay. From the village of Spa it goes cross country onto the white sands of Banna Strand to reach the village of Ballyheige and the beginning of a scenic mountainous area on Kerry Head, which it loops around before finishing at Ballyheigue. The terrain consists of mainly quiet country roads, firm beach sand (except at high tide), tracks, bog roads and field paths. The route is flat except for the last 18 kilometres where there are some short ascents, with an aggregate climb of 370 metres. There are some short loop walks which link with the main route of the North Kerry Way.
There are some beautiful sandy beaches around Ballinskelligs, the main Ballinskellig Beach (also known locally as Ladies Beach) comes complete with an old castle ruin known locally as McCarthy Mór Castle
(or Ballinskelligs Castle). It was used back in the 15th & 16th century to guard against pirates. It makes for a lovely backdrop to Ballinskelligs beach which is also Blue Flag listed. Sitting on the most westerly tip of Ireland and Europe, Kerry has some of the finest and unspoilt beaches you will find in the World (we cannot however guarantee sunshine
). The coastline section of the Ring of Kerry makes up a good section of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way route
, a 2,500 km (1553 miles) driving route stretching from the tip of County Donegal in the north to Kinsale, County Cork on the southern coast.
Dunmore East Coastal Walk
A cliff/coastal walk between Dunmore East Village and Portally Cove Waterford that takes about half an hour one way. It is well defined and although is a cliff walk does not have too many pieces very close to the edge. It even has a three geocaches along the way.
The Guillamene (Beach)
The Guillamene is located on the west side of Tramore bay in sunny south-east of Ireland. There are two sets of steps leading down into the water and a few jump off spots. It is a beautiful location with views of the main beach, across the bay, out to sea and the Metalman.
Belvedere House and Gardens
Belvedere House and Gardens is a truly magical spot. It’s a bit of a steep hike though, so it’s not suitable for buggies or small children. Older kids will enjoy the climb – and it is worth it for the great views from the top of the hill!
Clogherhead Beach in the small fishing village of Clogherhead in County Louth, is a Blue Flag Beach and is a popular tourist destination for its unspoilt golden sands and wonderful views when travelling along the Peninsula of the Mourne & Cooley Mountains. Fishing off Clogherhead Pier is very popular and fresh water fishing can be enjoyed in the River Boyne . The Clogherhead Peninsula was designated a Natural Heritage Area and the area offers some wonderful scenic delights along the coast line. Clogherhead is just a short distance from Dublin, Termonfeckin, and Drogheda. The beauty of Clogherhead has not gone unnoticed having being used as a film location several times for films such as "The Devil's Own" and "Captain Lightfoot". Dublin Airport is only 45 minutes drive away.
Situated a few Kms south-east of Kinnity, Co. Offaly. The Glenafelly Eco Walk is situated up a narrow forest road, signposted "The Slieve Bloom Mountains". A 'cul de sac' signposted "Old Munster Road" is about half way up this road. Do not take the Cul De Sac. Continue straight to the Glenafelly Recreation Area car park. The trail goes immediately by the side of the Glenafelly river and on up to the end of the valley. The trail comprises forest roads and hiking trail alongside the river (approx 500m distance), and a 100m (distance) short climb through mature conifers. The remainder of the looped walk is on hard gravel forest road, with the final 300m through gravel hiking trail surrounded by conifers. The walk can be done in comfortable trainers or light hiking boots, and takes 1hr 40mins at a constant walking pace. There are wild foxes and deer present throughout the forest - if you are quiet you are likely to encounter a deer or two.
North Down Coastal Path
The walk begins at the Esplanade in Holywood. Walk under the railway arch and turn right. Follow the linear path along the outer edge of Belfast Lough towards Seapark, a recreational area with a play park.
Continue past the park towards the Royal North Yacht Club. From here follow the public footpath as it rejoins the Coastal Path. At this point a detour to the right will lead to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and the railway halt.
Continuing on the path leads to Craigavad, with the Royal Belfast Golf Club on the right. Beyond this point cross the bridge in front of Rockport Primary School.
About 2 miles further round the coast, a set of steep steps takes you inland at the Seahill Sewage Treatment and rejoins the coast path as you descend at the far end.
From here the path leads to Crawfordsburn Country Park, passing Grey Point Fort, Helen's Bay and through to Crawfordsburn Beach.
Leaving the path briefly, cross Swineley Bay and pick up the path at the far side. Continue walking along the path to Wilson's Point, where the path turns towards Bangor Marina.
From here follow the path round to Ballyholme Beach, which leads to the National Trust area of Ballymacormick Point. The path continues to Groomsport Harbour, where the path becomes rural in nature, crossing the beach area round towards Orlock Point, Portavo. A small lay-by indicates the end of the walk.
Croagh Patrick Walk
Croagh Patrick, one of Mayo's most famous landmarks is located six miles west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road. Most people who climb this holy mountain do so along the traditional pilgrim route from Murrisk Abbey, although some pilgrims complete 'the Pilgrim way'- the Tochair Padraig from Ballintubber Abbey. An interesting ridge walk can be taken from Belclare Bridge to Lecanvey, waking along the crest of the mountain that reaches a height of 2,510 ft. This route provides magnificent views of Clew Bay and it's countless islands. Tradition has it that there are 365 islands, one for every day of the year. These islands are part of the drumlin topography, now submerged by the sea. The view from along the route is breathtaking.
Distance of Walk: 12-km (7 miles) approx. Height of Ascent: 764m(2,510ft.)
Silver Strand is a beautiful, secluded beach, locared about 15kms south west of Louisburgh, along the R378, near Killadoon.
Indeed, Silver Strand is easily one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland- and although remote- it is definitely worth visiting.
It is sheltered strand with magnificent views of Inishturk Island and further south Inishbofin and Clare Island to the north.
Silver Strand and the adjoining Doovirla Beach are among the most picturesque in County Mayo, sheltered by rocky headlands, and high sand dunes.
Silver Strand is popular with swimmers and make sure that you don't go home without a dip in the sea, and bring a wetsuit just incase the sun doesn't shine!
Slieve League Cliffs
From the Cliffs Centre, you can drive right up to the main viewing area of the cliffs or, if you’re among the faint-hearted, use the car-park on the way and walk the rest. The Slieve League Cliffs are nearly three times the height of their County Clare sisters, the Cliffs of Moher, so take care when treading those coastal paths.
From the designated viewing points, an astounding panorama opens up before you. The cliffs stretch towards the horizon and on a clear day you can see right across to Sligo and Leitrim and all the way to the mountains of the Mayo coast. To reach the highest point of Slieve League, you must take a narrow pathway to One Man’s Pass. Experienced walkers only should venture beyond the viewing point up onto One Man's Pass, which loops around onto the Pilgrim's Path. For a gentler route, take the pathway from Bunglas to Malinbeg.
Remarkably ,on the high slopes of Slieve League there are remains of an early Christian monastic site, with chapel and beehive huts. There are also ancient stone remains that suggest that the mountain was a site of pilgrimage before the arrival of Christianity. At Carrigan Head, on the way to the main viewing area, you can see a Signal Tower built in the early years of the 19th century to watch for a possible French invasion. Close to the viewing area you can see stones, which marked out the word ‘Éire’ as a navigation aid for aircraft during WWII.
Words fail to capture the majesty and sheer height of the cliffs. With twirling seabirds flying overhead and nothing but crisp blue ocean before you, it feels like you’re at the very edge of the world. With a new-found sense of awe, you’re ready to get back onto your Wild Atlantic Way adventure.
Fanad, Ballymastocker Beach
The Donegal beach at Ballymastocker on the Fanad peninsula was named as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It extends for miles from Knockalla Hill all the way to Portsalon and the views from Knockalla across the miles of sandy beach are truly stunning.
Clashganny Looped Walk
Clashganny Looped walk offers gentle walks on forest roads and along the Barrow Way with magnificent views of Clashganny Lock and the River Barrow. Clashganny Looped walk is through an old wood which has had forestry cover present since the 1800s. The Clashganny Lock Loop is 3.5km long and takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete over flat terrain. The Clashganny Forest Looped Walk covers a distance of 6km, taking two hours to complete.
Glen of Aherlow Nature Park
From Christ the King cross the road to the Glen of Aherlow Nature Park. This walk takes about 1 hour to complete, through 50 acres of pure woodland. It is a circular trek and returns to your starting point where you can see the various trees and woodland plants (all identified by panels) and the habitat of many birds and animals. Walk the Old Coach Road where the Bianconi Cars once travelled in the 1800’s or view the ruins of Lenihans Cottage. Sit in relaxation overlooking the beautifully restored old sandstone bridge where the sound of running water, the peace and tranquillity gives you some time out.
Trim Slí Starting in the heart of the medieval town at Trim Castle the 3.7 Slí na Sláinte route passes along the outer line of the Porch Field to Newtown and back to Trip along the Dublin Road. The route includes most of the historic sites of Trim and Newtown, Trim. The pinnacle of Trims past coincided with the early period of Norman power in Ireland. The ruins of the great castle and of the abbeys around it are all that now remains as testimony of this great era.
The Táin Trail
The Táin Trail is the longest and most historic route in Ireland. It retraces the trail taken by Queen Maeve of Connaught and her armies in the Irish epic The Táin Bó Cuailgne ( The Cattle Raid of Cooley). The trail takes you not only to the legendery places of the Táin but through some of the most beautiful countryside in Ireland, land steeped in history and hiding a treasure trove of ancient sites and majestic scenery. At 365 miles in length the trail runs from Rathcroghan in Co. Roscommon, through Co.Longford, on to the Cooley Peninsula in Co.Louth and back again. It is fully signposted with distinctive Brown Bull finger post signs, as well as striking pictorial maps located in key towns along the route.
Lough Key Forest Park
Lough Key Forest Park comprises some 350 hectares of mixed woodlands and incorporates a number of islands of Lough Key. This is a park of great natural beauty, combining the woodlands and water with a wealth of historical and archaeological points of interest including the Bog Garden, Fairy Bridge, Ice House, Wishing Chair and a variety of on site and local facilities and attractions.
Ring of Gullion Way
This circular route follows off-road trails, quiet country lanes and forest tracks from Newry around the volcanic landscape of the Ring of Gullion AONB. Along its route, ancient monuments and quiet villages can be discovered. The final section leads through the grounds of Derrymore House (owned and managed by the National Trust) near Bessbrook before reaching Newry
Burren Looped Walk, near Blacklion
The walk begins at the entrance to the Burren Forest with exceptional views of Cuilcagh Mountain and its plateau topped profile. Continue into the Burren Forest, an active conifer forest owned and managed by Coillte. The Burren Forest contains a wealth of archaeological and historical monuments some of which date back to the Neolithic period. After leaving the forest,the true beauty of the natural landscape can be fully appreciated as you cross limestone grassland and exposed limestone pavement.The descent towards Blacklion is a reminder of the recent history of the area when many of these upland areas would have been much more densely populated. Continuing downhill you will meet the old 18th Century Road from Blacklion and it is from an old hostelry along this road,the Black Lion Inn,that the village gets its name. The final part of this walk continues back up towards the entrance to the Burren Forest past the Cornagee Viewpoint where on a fine day there are excellent views of the u-shaped valley of Glenfarne
Coillte Recreation Trails
This trail takes the walker around the perimeter of Glenfarne Wood and through some neighbouring farming land. It skirts along Lough Macnean offering excellent lakeland scenery. A considerable distance of this trail is on narrow public roads where care is needed and the remainder on forest road.
Rosses Point is a seaside village with a long seafaring history. It is also the home to an 18 hole championship links course, a blue flag beach and Sligo Yacht Club which has hosted many National, International & World Championship events. Rosses Point is an easy walk for all ages as it is mostly flat. Starting from the Church of Ireland the walk takes you along the promenade where the Garavogue meets Sligo Bay. With the mountains to your left and the old village of Rosses Point to your right this stretch takes you to the Pier and the Lady Waiting on the Shore, dedicated to all the women from Rosses Point who waited behind as the loved ones when to sea.
Strandhill is a vibrant seaside village and holiday resort located on the R292 - it is roughly 7 miles form Sligo town. With its wild Atlantic waves is also a very popular spot for surfers throughout the year. It is said that it is one of the best places in Europe to surf! Along the seafront, you will find Shells Cafe, Voya Seaweed Baths, Surf Clubs, The Strand Bar, Bella Vista Bar & Restaurant and The Maple Moose. Close by, you will find Strandhill Golf Course, Sligo Airport, Sligo Enterprise & Technology Centre, and more restaurants and pubs. Surf lessons are available throughout the year with the local surf shops, and when there is no surf, there is stand up paddling! Please note: Due to the very strong currents swimming is forbidden at Strandhill beach.
Enniscrone beach is a safe blue flag fabulous golden beach which stretches for an amazing 5km. Surrounding the beach on one side is a lively little seaside town called Enniscrone, on the other side the beach meets Killala Bay. Visitors to the town will find a wide range of activities to expierence or take part in.