2023 is the year of adventure. Here are five hiking destinations around the country to add to your travel list
Once we see the days start to get longer, the urge to get out and about it hard to resist. Getting some fresh air in the great outdoors is the best source of soul food. Below we have five hiking destinations in Ireland to add to your 2023 travel list.
Spinc and Glenealo Valley Walk (White Route)
Located in Co Wicklow and recommended by hiking enthusiast Roz Purcell, this 9.7km route is marked and considered a moderate hike. Combined with stunning views of the upper lake in Glendalough, this is refreshing trail is guaranteed to help you reconnect with nature.
The Gobbins Cliff Path, Co Antrim
Located in Co Antrim, this historic cliff walk is a once in a lifetime hike that you will not regret. Go on a clear day and you will see the coast of Scotland only a boat ride away from you. Though it is a beautiful area to explore and chaperoned by an experienced guide, do be warned that you are journeying along a cliff face and uneven steps can be a trip hazard. Find out more at Thegobbinscliffpath.com.
Connemara and Diamond Hill Loop, Co Galway
This 7.6km loop takes around three hours to complete. With some areas being quite steep, this route set in Connemara National Park is considered moderately challenging. Take in the rugged landscape as you walk and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding wildlife.
Fintown, Co Donegal
It is no secret that Donegal is full of wild and beautiful scenery. Fintown sits on the banks of Lough Finn and is approximately 30km outside of Letterkenny. Known for its stunning landscape, there are plenty of surrounding areas to explore, including Glenevagh National Park and Sli na Finne for some truly wonderful walking views.
Torc Waterfall Trail, Co Kerry
For something less challenging, the Torc Waterfall Trail in Killarney’s National Park is great for beginner hikers and running. Though it is short at just 3.7km, the views of the 66ft waterfall along the way make is one that is well worth visiting.