With rolling hills and breathtaking beauty, you could pick worse spots for your magical hike than Ireland. Here are our top picks for the top ten best mountain trails in Ireland.
Ireland is a small country with stunning natural landscapes, as well as some of the most adventurous hiking trails.
Whether you’re an avid hiker, a thrill seeker, or just there for the view, here are the top ten mountain trails in Ireland.
10. Slieve Foy, Co. Louth – for a challenging ascent
Care is to be taken when climbing this mountain, as the initial ascent is littered with rock or wet bog.
Even if it is a modest 590 metres, this mountain is to be threaded carefully. On a fine day, after reaching the summit, the Isle of Man and the Mourne Mountains are visible in the distance.
Address: Drumad, Newry, Co. Louth, Ireland
9. Slieve Donard, Co. Down – for a waterside summit
A relatively straightforward climb, just follow the stonework lined all the way up this tremendous 850-metre mountain to the summit.
A stunning view of the Mourne Mountains is your reward for this four-hour hike up and down.
Address: Newcastle BT33 0GR
8. Diamond Hill Loop, Co. Galway – for stunning scenery
Probably the easiest trek of all the contenders at a slow descending 445-metre summit, this mountain provides some of the best scenery in Ireland for its grade of difficulty.
With Kylemore Abbey in view and the Twelve Ben mountains, Diamond Hill hiking never fails to impress. For a more challenging adventure, try the Benbaun mountain.
Address: Addergoole, Co. Galway, Ireland
7. Torc Mountain, Co. Kerry – for 360-degree views of the Killarney National Park
This is a relatively easy mountain to walk found around the area of Killarney, standing at 535 metres. But, the scenes at the top are equally as rewarding as the more dominant peaks in Ireland.
A 360-degree view of the Killarney national park should be enough to make any level of hiker jovial. These views cannot compare to anything else, making it one of the best mountain trails in Ireland.
Address: Torc, Co. Kerry, Ireland
6. Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry – for a strenuous hike
When attempting this climb, take the Faha route for the most scenic route to the peak of the 950-metre mountain. Mount Brandon is a strenuous route but has the best views of the Dingle peninsula available.
This is the far most superior mountain route on The Wild Atlantic Way and is one of the most difficult hikes in Ireland. Take your time and soak in this incredible 4-hour trail.
Address: Faha, Co. Kerry, Ireland
5. Slieve League, Co. Donegal – for the daredevils
Test your inner daredevil here by walking across the famous ‘one-man pass’.
Slieve League boasts 400-metre long ridge, with steep falls into the Atlantic Ocean either side. This is a beautiful scenic hike, but do not attempt it on a windy day
Address: Shanbally, Co. Donegal, Ireland
4. Croaghaun, Co. Mayo – one of the best mountain trails in Ireland for jaw-dropping views
The smaller of two peaks on Achill Island, standing at 668 metres, is Croaghaun. This peak is far superior, however, when it comes to views.
Here lies the home of Ireland’s highest corrie lake, Bunnafreva Lough West. These natural beauty spots make for some unique photographs, with a distinct Keem Bay in the background.
Address: Keel West, Co. Mayo, Ireland
3. Benbulbin, Co. Sligo – for Yeats’ country
Irelands most distinctive mountain, located in the Darty Mountains, is Benbulbin. Do not let the summit height of 526 metres fool you, as this mountain is a tough hike, roughly taking four hours to complete.
Starting the hike from the south of the mountain makes for a more accessible climb. Breathtaking views of Yeats’ country at the summit makes it all worthwhile.
Address: Cloyragh, Co. Sligo, Ireland
2. Mount Errigal, Donegal – for a majestic mountain
Mount Errigal is the highest mountain in the north-west of Ireland and one of the best things to do in Donegal, standing at 800 metres and has one of the best and most scenic cycles routes in Donegal. It is also probably the most challenging mountain to approach, with its wet, bog earth soaking through your boots before you even attempt the ascent.
Therefore, it’s important to plan your route carefully beforehand. Roughly taking four hours up and down, a truly magnificent view of Donegal awaits you.
Address: Money More, Co. Donegal, Ireland
1. Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry – for the highest peak in Ireland
Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland at 1,038 metres, making it number one on our list of the best mountain trails in Ireland.
Taking approximately six hours to hike up and down, the summit has the most rewarding landscape of all the rest, with the Mcgillycuddy Reeks descending into the picturesque Kerry horizon.
Hike the Devils Pass route on the way up for the quickest ascent, but do not look down!
Address: Coomcallee, Co. Kerry, Ireland