Hiking in heaven: Some of Irelands hiking gems

Hiking in heaven: Some of Irelands hiking gems

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Hiking is a wonderful way to enjoy the natural beauty and diversity of Ireland. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly walk, a challenging climb, or a scenic coastal trail, you'll find plenty of options to suit your preferences and abilities. In this blog post, I'll introduce you to some of the best hiking trails in Ireland, along with some images to inspire you.

## The Great Sugar Loaf, County Wicklow
One of Ireland’s most recognizable hikes, the Great Sugar Loaf gets its name from resembling a giant pile of sugar. This short walk includes a steep scramble to the summit that makes the panoramic views from the peak that little bit more rewarding. If you happen to hike the Great Sugar Loaf on an exceptionally clear day you can see all the way across the Irish Sea to Snowdonia in Wales¹. Pretty impressive for a mountain that stands at only 501m (1643ft) tall.

## Carrauntoohill, County Kerry
The highest peak in Ireland, Carrauntoohill stands at 1038m (3406ft) and is part of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range². The route you will most likely take to reach the summit is known as “the Devil’s Ladder” and it is no joke. As the name suggests this trail is challenging, steep and dangerous. Be aware of the difficulty and potential falling rocks from above before embarking on this hike. If you’re not 100% confident in taking on this hike but still want to reach the top of Ireland, then you should contact a local guide¹. There are plenty in the area and are a good idea to help you safely reach the summit.

## Mweelrea, County Mayo
Offering up incredible views of the surrounding mountains, Mweelrea is a hike you can’t miss if you’re traveling along the Wild Atlantic Way. The highest mountain in the province of Connacht, standing at 814m (2671ft), has many different routes to the top that vary in difficulty and views. For many, the best route to take starts and ends at Silverstrand beach¹. Not only do you get constant coastal views on the trail, but you can also hop straight into the sea to cool down afterwards.

## Mt Errigal, County Donegal
The best views in Donegal have just gotten even better. A new trail and stairs have been added to this beautiful mountain to make it that bit easier to reach the summit¹. If you’re looking for a sunrise or sunset hike then Errigal is the hike for you. The mountain glows pink in the early morning and evening light, creating a stunning contrast with the green landscape below. The hike is 5km (3.1 miles) out and back, and takes about 2–3 hours².

## Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail (‘Stairway to Heaven’), County Fermanagh
One of the most popular and Instagram-worthy hikes in Ireland, the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail is also known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ because of its wooden boardwalk and steps that lead up to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain. The trail is 7.4km (4.6 miles) one way, and takes about 3–4 hours³. The views from the top are spectacular, especially on a clear day when you can see across counties Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Sligo.

These are just some of the amazing hiking trails that Ireland has to offer. There are many more to explore and discover, so grab your boots and backpack and get ready for an adventure. Happy hiking !

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