The IrelandWays.com team, the walking and cycling specialists, have selected three spectacular walking tours in Ireland not to be missed in 2016.
Breathtaking views, fascinating history, mysterious legends and a world-famous Irish welcome make walking in Ireland an absolutely unforgettable adventure.
Ready to explore Ireland on foot? These are three spectacular walking tours in Ireland for 2016:
Walk to the iconic Cliffs of Moher
You will set off on your hiking adventure from the surfing village of Lahinch. The coastal paths of The Burren Way will take you to the impressive Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic Ocean; one of Ireland’s most iconic natural monuments.
Magnificent ocean views stretching for miles will be your reward on this relatively easy trail, as you make your way to quaint villages along the Wild Atlantic Way. Ancient monuments such as dolmens and ring forts dot the landscapes of The Burren (which means big rock in Irish), an area of unique beauty.
Our tip? Take a ‘rest day’ in Doolin to allow you to cross by boat to the fascinating Aran Islands.
Price: a 6-night tour walking the Burren Way starts from €496 per person sharing, including accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfers and holiday pack with route information.
For details: The Burren Way.
Follow in the Giant’s footsteps
Follow in the footsteps of the giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill (pronounced Mc-Cool) walking the Causeway Coast Way and Moyle Way, in Northern Ireland; a trail of legends and breathtaking scenery.
According to the legend, this epic landscape formed by over 40,000 amazingly geometrical rocks was the creation of giant Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Fionn built the causeway to reach Scotland, when he was challenged to a battle by a Scottish giant by the name of Benandonner. Myth or fact, the UNESCO-listed causeway is a must-see if you are visiting Ireland in 2016. Game of Thrones fans might also recognise some of the show’s filming locations along the way.
Our tip? if you are scared of heights you should avoid the 20-metre long Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, built by local fishermen over 200 years ago to take them to a small island where they could catch salmon.
Price: a 6-night tour walking the Causeway Coast Way and the Moyle Way starts from €633 per person sharing.
For details: The Causeway Coast Way.
Take the pilgrim path in Donegal
Off the beaten track, Donegal’s Bluestack and St Cholmcille Way is relatively undiscovered and full of wonderful history and simply magnificent views.
The St Cholmcille Way takes walkers to the Donegal coastal village named after St Cholmcille (or St Columba) and an important pilgrimage destination for many centuries. Along with St Patrick and St Brigid, St Cholmcille is one of the most important saints in early Christian Ireland.
On this trail, walkers will also reach some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe: the imposing Slieve League Cliffs, following another ancient pilgrim path. The village of Ardara and panoramic views from the Glengesh Pass are two other unmissable stops on this walking tour.
Our tip? Treat yourself to the freshest seafood in the fishing village of Killybegs.
Price: a 6-night tour walking the Bluestack and Sli Cholmcille Way starts from €539 per person sharing.
For details: Bluestack and Sli Cholmcille Way.
Special: book 2 months in advance to get 5% off (* base price).
Price includes: accommodation including breakfast, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel and holiday pack with route information.
Does not include: flights, transport or travel insurance.
Also available: hotel upgrades, airport transfers.
For more information about walking tours in Ireland or to book your trip, contact the IrelandWays.com travel specialists