7 of the Best Walking Holiday Locations in Ireland

There are some fantastic walking areas in Ireland, that offer a great Irish walking holiday experience. Ireland has a great many towns and villages with great walking accommodation, services, packed lunches, guided walks and all you need for a fantastic walking experience.

Specialised local walking operators can also organise all aspects of your walking trip – and walking festivals are also a great way to experience local areas. Choose from the areas below to begin your holiday planning.




Here are some of the best areas in Ireland for your walking vacation.

Connemara, Co. Galway

A wild and wonderful place, Connemara boasts some of Ireland’s most untamed landscapes. With coastal and mountain trails, dizzying peaks, long beaches and a huge national park, this is a walker’s paradise and a world away from the trappings of urban life. Choose from week-long guided walking safaris or simply walk your own route at your own pace.

Donegal, Co. Donegal

If you love to explore on two feet you’ll adore the North West. And Donegal Town is a great spot to base yourself for your wanderings.

The Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary

A little slice of heaven nestled between the Galtee Mountains and the Slievenamuck Hills, the Glen of Aherlow is one of Ireland’s overlooked treasures.

The Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois & Co. Offaly

Halfway between Galway and Dublin, Belfast and Cork, and Donegal and Rosslare, a trip to the Slieve Bloom Mountains is an escape from the hectic world of ordinary life.
The Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois & Co. Offaly

The Burren, Co. Clare

With its unique unspoiled botanical environment and a wealth of historical artefacts dotted throughout, the Burren is a walkers’ paradise. Choose from a plethora of lovely looped walks or why not tackle all or part of the 123km linear Burren Way walking trail.

Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Just a short distance from Dublin but a world away from the traffic and the hustle and bustle, Wicklow’s Tinahely is a haven of tranquillity and offers limitless opportunities for walkers.

West Cork, Co. Cork & Co. Kerry

Encompassing five Atlantic-hewn peninsulas, the landscape of West Cork and Kerry is the stuff of hikers’ dreams. From stunning and peaceful national parkland, to endless serpentine beaches that hug the coast, to hundreds of miles of way-marked ways and the towering cathedral-like mountains, there is a walk to suit every ability.