In a country richly endowed with wild mountain ranges, secluded valleys and untamed coastlines, the best natural landscapes can only be explored on foot. Here are over sixty of the greatest one-day walking routes in Ireland, varying from short strolls to full-day treks. Every part of the Republic and Northern Ireland is featured. From rugged peaks and chiselled ridge lines to towering sea cliffs and sheltered loughs, these routes take you past all the country’s finest scenery. Many of the routes are hill-walks, with clear descriptions of the country’s classic mountain ascents. Even seasoned hillwalkers will find challenging outings.
Each walk is illustrated with sketch maps and colour photos and is prefaced with a quick-reference summary and access notes. Route descriptions include clear navigational guidance to keep you on the right track.
- Book Format: Paperback
- Published: 2014
- Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm
- Number of pages: 224
- ISBN: 9781848892118
- Illustrations note: Maps, Colour photos,
Please be advised there are access issues in a number of routes described by Helen Fairbairn in her guide to Ireland's Best Walks:
Route 1 – Causeway Coastal Path: This had to be rerouted some years back after a landslide. The damage has been repaired and so the original route has now been restored. NB the original route appeared in Northern Ireland – A Walking Guide. The revised route appeared in the first edition of Ireland's Best Walks.
Route 12 – Horn Head: Access around Horn Head was withdrawn by local landowners in September 2014 and the loop described in Ireland's Best Walks (and in Adrian Hendroff's Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim – A Walking Guide) is no longer possible. We will keep you updated with any further developments brought to our attention.
Route 20 – Benbulbin and Benwiskin: This is a completely new route as there were access issues with the original one (Benbulbin).
Route 28 – Croagh Patrick: There’s a slightly different start/finish point because of access issues.
Route 37 – Black Head: There’s a slightly different start/finish point because of access issues.
Route 47 – Coastguard Station Loop: This route has an access issue and should not be used until further notice. Note - this also affects the Creha Quay route included in Adrian Hendroff's The Beara & Sheep's Head Peninsulas – A Walking Guide.