Ireland

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With its green hills, wet bogs, wild open countryside and dramatic cliffs along the Atlantic coast, Ireland sits at the most westerly edge of Western Europe. Enjoy an abundance of sea birds, ancient churches and stone walls, and the occasional forest and beach. Trails will lead you along Irelands clear streams and wonderful valleys, passing castles and farms, and offer panoramic views of mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. No wonder hill walking is popular, but with Ireland being relatively sparsely populated it never gets busy.

There are over 30 National Waymarked Ways, adding up to about 3000km of walking trails all across Ireland. The Ways are clearly signposted with standard waymarkers: a yellow arrow and walking man. A wide choice of detailed maps and guidebooks exist for all trails. Famous are the Kerry Way (215km) around the southwestern Iveragh Peninsula, the Dingle Way (179km), also in the southwest, and the Wicklow Way (127km) south of Dublin in the east. The European long distance trail E8 runs right across Ireland, starting from Dursey Head on the west coast, to Dublin in the east, partly coinciding with the Kerry Way and Wicklow Way.

Walking in Ireland is possible all year round. Ireland has no "right of way" and expect to walk on (forest) roads in many places. Irish weather can change frequently and suddenly, so take care to bring a rainproof coat at all times. Stiles and bridges have been built where necessary. Nevertheless be prepared for very wet and boggy terrain at times. Accommodation comes in all forms, ranging from basic hostels to luxury hotels, as well as B&B's and guest houses. And of course there are the legendary Irish pubs for you to enjoy a pint of stout.

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Trails

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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
  • Killarney to Valentia Island
  • The Iveragh Peninsula, the largest in southwest Ireland, stretches from Killarney to Bolus Head and attracts thousands of visitors annually. The Ring of Kerry coastal road winds along its fringes and sandstone peaks soar high above. It is a landscape of raw and stunning beauty from the lakes that fill the corries to the spectacular cliff... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Killarney to Valentia Island: The Iveragh Peninsula: A Walking Guide
  • The Iveragh Peninsula, the largest in southwest Ireland, stretches from Killarney to Bolus Head and attracts thousands of visitors annually. The Ring of Kerry coastal road winds along its fringes and sandstone peaks soar high above. It is a landscape of raw and stunning beauty from the lakes that fill the corries to the spectacular cliff... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Killarney to Valentia Island - The Iveragh Peninsula | Collins
  • The Iveragh Peninsula, the largest in southwest Ireland, stretches from Killarney to Bolus Head and attracts thousands of visitors annually. The Ring of Kerry coastal road winds along its fringes and sandstone peaks soar high above. It is a landscape of raw and stunning beauty from the lakes that fill the corries to the spectacular cliff... Read more
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United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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2017
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2013
  • Pilgrim Paths in Ireland
  • In recent times the popularity of the Camino de Santiago has prompted renewed interest in pilgrim walks in Ireland. Increasing numbers now follow ancient Irish pilgrim paths to such holy places as Glencolumbkille, Croagh Patrick, Lough Derg and Glendalough. John G. O`Dwyer has walked - or, in the case of Clonmacnoise, cycled - the pilgrim... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Ireland Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Ireland in the Sunflower Landscapes guide series; exploring the best walking and touring possibilities in the region or area. Detailed information about touring by hired car or public transport, as well as on foot, is provided, helping walkers to navigate and plan day-trips. Shorter strolls are also included as an alternative for each main... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Weston-super-Mare 1901
  • Weston-super-Mare in 1901 in a fascinating series of reproductions of old Ordnance Survey plans in the Alan Godfrey Editions, ideal for anyone interested in the history of their neighbourhood or family. Much of the town centre is included, with coverage stretching from the Town Hall westward to Marine Parade, and northward to Anchor Head and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Loughborough 1901
  • Loughborough in 1901 in a fascinating series of reproductions of old Ordnance Survey plans in the Alan Godfrey Editions, ideal for anyone interested in the history of their neighbourhood or family. The map is double-sided; the main map covers most of the town, extending from Cobden Street westward to Knight Thorpe Hall and Burleigh Hall, and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Insight Guides Ireland
  • All you need to inspire every step of your journey.An in-depth book, now with free app and eBook.From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this Insight Guides book is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best of Ireland, with in-depth insider information on must-see, top attractions like the Giants Cause... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2006
  • Best Walks in Ireland
  • About this seriesA varied series of walking guides that provides detailed route descriptions for both historic trails and short walks. A general history of the area is also given. Sketch maps of the routes are also included, and the guides are illustrated with numerous black and white photographs. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • East of Ireland Walks: On River and Canal
  • River and canal walks can have special appeal, the scenery always changing due to flowing water, weirs, locks and the changing countryside. Ireland`s rivers and canals are rich in wildlife, history and folklore, and many can be explored on mostly flat, little-used trails. These hidden corridors of wildness through rural and urban Ireland reveal... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strabane OSNI Discovery 12
  • Strabane, map No. 12 in the Discoverer series from the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland presenting the country on detailed topographic maps at 1:50,000 with waymarked hiking trails, Sustrans National Cycle Network and other tourist information. Coverage includes Castlederg, Sion Mills and Newtownstewart. Current edition E; publication date... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • MacGillycuddy`s Reeks and Killarney National Park OSI Adventure Map
  • Macgillycuddy`s Reeks and the Killarney National Park on a double-sided, GPS compatible map at 1:25,000 from the Ordnance Survey Ireland with cartography of the country’s topographic survey, plus the central part of the Reeks at 1:12,500. Coverage extends from Killarney westwards to Lough Caragh. Where appropriate place names are given in both... Read more
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
  • Map of Ireland Touring Map
  • A 1:450 000 Road Touring Map of Northern and Southern Ireland, produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland. It shows the road network, holiday information, scenic routes and selected city maps. Also Includes index to cities, towns & villages. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Enniskillen OSNI Discovery 18
  • Enniskillen, map No. 18 in the Discoverer series from the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland presenting the country on detailed topographic maps at 1:50,000 with waymarked hiking trails, Sustrans National Cycle Network and other tourist information. Coverage includes Irvinestown, Ballinamallard, Fintona and Clogher. Current edtion E;... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 18 Discoverer Enniskillen | Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland
  • Enniskillen, map No. 18 in the Discoverer series from the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland presenting the country on detailed topographic maps at 1:50,000 with waymarked hiking trails, Sustrans National Cycle Network and other tourist information. Coverage includes Irvinestown, Ballinamallard, Fintona and Clogher. Current edtion E;... Read more
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De Zwerver
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  • Wandelkaart 26 Discoverer Lough Allen | Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland
  • Zeer gedetailleerde topografische kaart met een aantal toegevoegde toeristische symbolen voor bijv. bezienswaardigheden, campings en jeugdherbergen. Met hoogtelijnen, mooi kleurgebruik en ingetekende lange-afstands-wandelroutes. Op deze kaart zijn de nationale parken en de 'national reserves ' uitstekend te vinden. De kaart is dus zowel voor de... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Sperrins OSNI Discovery 13
  • The Sperrins, map No. 13 in the Discoverer series from the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland presenting the country on detailed topographic maps at 1:50,000 with waymarked hiking trails, Sustrans National Cycle Network and other tourist information. Coverage includes Omagh, Cookstown and Draperstown. Current edition E; publication date... Read more
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  • Wandelkaart 13 Discoverer The Sperrins | Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland
  • The Sperrins, map No. 13 in the Discoverer series from the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland presenting the country on detailed topographic maps at 1:50,000 with waymarked hiking trails, Sustrans National Cycle Network and other tourist information. Coverage includes Omagh, Cookstown and Draperstown. Current edition E; publication date... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ireland Borch
  • Indexed road map of Ireland published by Borch on laminated and tear-resistant paper. Cork & Dublin street plans, and more detailed maps of Killarney NP & the Wicklow Mts are on the reverse. Road detail extends from motorways to secondary roads, with intermediate driving distances indicated on major routes. Main railways and ferry links are... Read more
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  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Ireland - Ierland | Borch
  • Indexed road map of Ireland published by Borch on laminated and tear-resistant paper. Cork & Dublin street plans, and more detailed maps of Killarney NP & the Wicklow Mts are on the reverse. Road detail extends from motorways to secondary roads, with intermediate driving distances indicated on major routes. Main railways and ferry links are... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Dingle Way - Walking tour of the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland
  • National Geographic Traveller describes the Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth” - walk the The Dingle Way for yourself!. National Geographic Traveller describes south west Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”. The Dingle Way’s 180km takes walkers through arguably the most impressive and richest... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Burren Ireland - Burren National Park Walking Tours
  • Best of the Burren Way walking holidays in Ireland. Experience a walking holiday on the Burren Way including a day trip to the Aran Islands. Walk the best of the Burren Way on Ireland’s rugged Atlantic west coast exploring the impressive Burren National Park, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Take a ferry to Inishmore, one of the Aran... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Connemara National Park walks: Visit Inishbofin & Irish Islands
  • A walking holiday in Connemara including a day trip to the Isle to Inishbofin. Sample the walks in Connenmara & Irish Islands. Connemara National Park is an iconic wild landscape offering coastal, island and mountain discovery, on the western edge of Europe. As Oscar Wilde put it “Connemara is a savage beauty” and the best way to explore it... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Kerry Way: Self Guided Walking in Kerry, Ireland
  • Encompassing the famed Ring of Kerry, the Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest and premier walking route and the ideal walk to explore this scenic area. Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Kerry Way; a 210km Irish national walking trail which also takes in the highlights of the famed Ring of Kerry route. Walk through... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • The Wicklow Way - Walk the Wicklow Mountains & National Park
  • An amazing walking tour on Ireland's oldest waymarked trail, the Wicklow Way. Walk through Wicklow National Park on this wild Wicklow tour. The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s oldest way-marked trail, pioneered by famous hill walker, J.B. Malone. This popular walk stretches from just south of Dublin, through the Wicklow Mountains and on to County... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Best of the Saint Patrick's Way
  • A pilgrimage trail in North Ireland, following in St Patrick's footsteps. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Patrick on the best of Northern Ireland’s pilgrimage walking trail. Saint Patrick is one of the world’s most beloved saints and Ireland’s most famous. Born in Roman Britain he came to Ireland as a slave, before escaping to France and... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Wicklow & Dublin
  • Aan de rand van de levendige en charmante Ierse hoofdstad Dublin beginnen de heuvels van de Wicklow Mountains. Hier contrasteren de ruige, met heide en hoogveen bedekte hellingen, met de beschutte, door gletsjers uitgesleten dalen. Daar wandel je langs kleine dorpjes, eeuwenoude kerkjes en de beroemde ‘round towers’. In deze valleien verblijf... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Wild Atlantic Way - zuid
  • De Wild Atlantic Way is een goed gemarkeerde autoroute die langs de gehele Ierse westkust voert, van Londonderry in het noorden, naar Cork in het zuiden. Tijdens deze reis volg je de zuidelijke helft van de route. Je reist van de barre kalksteenplateaus van de Burren, via het bergachtige schiereiland Dingle, over de beroemde Ring of Kerry, het... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Connemara, Aran & the Burren
  • Korte wandelvakantie door de twee mooiste en onherbergzaamste landschappen van de Ierse westkust: de desolate karstvelden van de Burren en de ruige bergen, zandstranden en moors van Connemara. Ook op de bijzondere Aran-eilanden met zijn prehistorische forten en eigenzinnige Keltische cultuur zijn we te gast. Verblijf in gastvrij guesthouse en... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Dingle Way
  • Je maakt een voettocht rondom het langgerekte, bergachtige Dingle-schiereiland. Je volgt delen van de Dingle Way met onder andere stukken van de oude pelgrimsroute naar de ruim negenhonderd meter hoge Mount Brandon. ’s Avonds overnacht je in gastvrije bed and breakfasts en vind je de echte Ierse sfeer in de befaamde pubs van Tralee en Dingle. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Kerry & Beara
  • Wandelvakantie over de beroemde Kerry Way en het nauwelijks bezochte Beara schiereiland, waar we in de dorpjes en pubs de pure Ierse sfeer proeven. We zien het landschap van meren, parken en ruige bergen van Killarney National Park, de steile kliffen van Bere Island en de kaap van Dursey Island, de zeehonden en vogelkolonies, de venen van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ierland - Beara Way
  • Afwisselende wandelvakantie over het, volgens insiders, meest authentieke schiereiland van Zuidwest-Ierland, met prachtige vissersplaatsjes als Castletownbere en Glengarriff, dat achter in een beschutte en weelderige baai ligt. Na een wandeling over het vogelrijke Bear Island maak je wandelingen vanuit het kleurrijke voormalige mijnwerkersdorp... Read more
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