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. 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.

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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2013
  • The Mountains of Ireland
  • A comprehensive guidebook to walking Ireland's 200 summits of 2000ft or more and to the 12 peaks exceeding 3000ft. Described clockwise from Wicklow to the Mournes in 70 walking routes. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelgids The Mountains of Ireland | Cicerone |
  • A comprehensive guide, now the classic guide, to Ireland´s 200 summits of 2000ft or more and to the 12 peaks exceeding 3000ft. The mountains are described clockwise from Wicklow to the Mournes, and offer a choice of 70 walking routes. The guide divides the peaks into 5 groups, and at the start of each is described ´Paddy´s Way´ - the way the... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2010
  • Irish Coastal Walks
  • A guidebook describing 54 coastal walks around Ireland's beautiful, raw and rugged 3500 mile coastline. All parts of Ireland, including Northern Ireland and its Giant's Causeway, are covered. Detailed coverage on the south-west and west (Galway). Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2002
  • Wandelgids Ierland / Walking guide Irish Coastal Walks |
  • Groot aantal kustwandelingen langs de hele kust van Ierland verspreid. Goed beschreven met veel details. The western seaboard is incredibly convoluted, breaking into fine headlands and a spread of islands. While many parts of Ireland´s coastline are well known, such as the Giant´s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher, few have heard of the Wexford... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Wandelgids Ierland - Ireland | Sunflower | Singer,Professor Peter Singer
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! Engelstalig Including 22 long and short walks and 14 car tours in the Irish Republic and in Northern Ireland, this countryside guide focuses on the... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2009
  • The Ridges of England, Wales and Ireland
  • A guide to summer scrambles, technical rock routes and winter climbs on ridges in the Lake District, Snowdonia, Peak District, Exmoor, the Isle of Wight, Kerry and Connemara, covering popular classics and obscure gems, from Sharp Edge to Skeleton Ridge. With great photographs, this guide is both celebration of the landscape and route guide. Read more
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  • Walking in Ireland
  • Walking has never been a more popular pastime and nowhere is more beautiful for walkers to explore than Ireland. In this beautifully written and superbly researched guide, Christopher Somerville draws on his very popular column for the Irish Independent, to present 50 of the very best walks in Ireland Read more
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Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Walking in Ireland - Ierland | Somerville - Ebury Press |
  • Prachtige wandelgids over Ierland, echt een boek om ideeën op te doen, kaartmateriaal beperkt. Walking has never been a more popular pastime and nowhere is more beautiful for walkers to explore than Ireland. In this beautifully written and superbly researched guide, Christopher Somerville draws on his very popular column for the Irish... Read more
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  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Best walks of Ireland - Ierland | Frances Lincoln |
  • Best Walks in Ireland describes 5 walks in the north and 15 walks in the Republic of Ireland. It takes in well-known areas such as the Antrim coast, the Mountains of Mourne and the Dingle peninsula and also remote, wild areas of Ireland still largely undiscovered by tourists. For this new edition of David Marshall´s walking guide, the routes... Read more
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2002
  • Wandelgids Best Irish Walks ( Ierland ) | Gill & Macmillan |
  • Maar liefst 75 dagwandelingen door heel Ierland verspreid. Goede beschrijvingen met schetsmatige kaarten. Een handig boek als je door Ierland trekt en een idee voor een wandeling altijd bij de hand wilt hebben. ´Best Irish Walks´ has been for many years the leading single-volume guide to hill walking in Ireland. It describes over 75 different... Read more
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  • Ireland Key Guide
  • Ireland in the Key Guide series from AA Publishing; exploring a range of international destinations and recently been re-launched with full colour pages. Thorough and detailed in style, the guides are targeted at an older audience, exploring the principal sights, walks, activities, restaurants and accommodation of the destination. A detailed... Read more
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  • West of Ireland Walks
  • New edition of this ever-popular walking guide Explore the counties of Clare, Galway and Mayo in the company of a wildlife expert. The West of Ireland offers a huge choice of landscape to the walker - mountain peaks, woodland, bogs and lakes, sandy beaches and the strange limestone plateaux of the Burren. The Walks Clare: The Cliffs of Moher -... Read more
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  • Scenic Walks in Killarney
  • Nowhere in Ireland is there such a rich diversity of walks as Killarney. Thousands visit every year to walk in the beautiful landscape for which Killarney is renowned, and until now there has been no guidebook for these walks. Jim Ryan has compiled eighteen of Killarney's most interesting low-level walks, providing excellent photographs,... Read more
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  • Howgill Fells
  • Howgill Fells at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Howgill Fells
  • Howgill Fells at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Lakeland East
  • Lakeland East at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Lakeland East
  • Lakeland East at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Lakeland Central
  • Lakeland Central at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Lakeland Central
  • Lakeland Central at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Lakeland North
  • Lakeland North at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Lakeland North
  • Lakeland North at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Dark Peak
  • Dark Peak at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Dark Peak
  • Dark Peak at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Kintail: Glen Shiel
  • Kintail: Glen Shiel at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Kintail: Glen Shiel
  • Kintail: Glen Shiel at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Lakeland West
  • Lakeland West at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Lakeland West
  • Lakeland West at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Crianlarich
  • Crianlarich at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Crianlarich
  • Crianlarich at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain (crags,... Read more
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  • Lochnagar and Glen Shee
  • Lochnagar and Glen Shee at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland. Topography is indicated by contours at 15m intervals, with a change in colour of the contour lines indicating predominantly rocky ground.... Read more
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  • Lochnagar and Glen Shee
  • Lochnagar and Glen Shee at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland. Topography is indicated by contours at 15m intervals, with a change in colour of the contour lines indicating predominantly rocky ground.... Read more
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  • Lakeland South West
  • Lakeland South West at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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  • Lakeland South West
  • Lakeland South West at 1:25,000 on a waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Harvey Map Services in their Superwalker series covering popular hiking areas of Great Britain and Ireland, annotated with additional information for walkers.The maps have contours at 15m intervals, with additional graphics for various types of terrain... Read more
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