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3 Easy Hiking Trails For Beginners

You don’t have to be super fit or even a regular gym-goer to embark on a hiking holiday as long as you pick the right trail.

With shorter distances per day and less undulating terrain you still have the chance to see the beautiful landscapes in Ireland and stay in the charming villages along the route.

The beauty of a hiking holiday is that anyone can try it, putting one foot in front of the other. An added bonus is that you are getting out and about in the fresh air.

3 Easy Hiking Trails for Beginners

Whether you are hiking with your family or you just want to experience Ireland outdoors we have picked three easy walking trails in Ireland for beginners:

The Barrow Way

Nights: 5 nights / 3 Nights Short Break

Distance: 71 km / 35 km


Starting in the quaint town of Athy this trail takes walkers along farmland paths and peaceful rivers that meander through the countryside.

For the first section, you walk along the gentle grassy paths beside the canal.

When you arrive in Carlow town visit the castle and courthouse that were built in 1864.

For a taste of the region check out O’Hara’s brewery where you can sample the local hops.

Along the way be sure to stop by Graiguennamanagh and St.Mullins to take some photos, relax and enjoy the historic surroundings.

More information on the Barrow Way.

The Causeway Coastal Way

Nights: 6 nights / 4 Nights Short Break

Distance: 92km / 52 km


Often when people think of the famous Causeway coast they picture giant, stacked stones of basalt rock at the Giant’s Causeway but there is much more to explore in this mythical landscape.

From the Glengariff nature reserve to the fishing harbour of Ballintoy this stunning region is a celebration of Irish history and nature combined.

Highlights of this manageable walking route include the views of Rathlin Island from the beach in BallyCastle, the UNESCO world heritage site of the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle.

More information on the Causeway Coastal Way.

Cycling the Achill Island Greenway

Nights: 7 nights / 4 nights

Distance: 174 km / 42 km


Escape the city life on this beautiful walking trail taking in the edges of Ireland and sampling some of the freshest fish of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Wandering through picturesque villages and across coastal tracks is the perfect way to spend a few days out on the trails.

Follow the Wild Atlantic Way from the bustling town of Westport to the coastal views of Achill Sound that leads you to the stunning Keel beach where you have the chance to relax and enjoy a well-deserved picnic.

The smell of the sea will accompany you as you walk through the lush Irish countryside.

More information on the Achill Island Greenway.

For more information about easy hiking trails in Ireland or any of our walking tours please contact one of our Travel Specialists.



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