Ireland is a small country of beautiful natural landscape, and also some of the most adventurous hiking trails. Here are our top 10 scenic mountain trails in Ireland.
10. Slieve Foy, Co. Louth – for a challenging ascent
Care is to be taken when climbing this mountain, with the initial ascent 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.
9. Slieve Donard, Co. Down – for a waterside summit
A relatively straightforward climb, just follow the stonework 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.
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 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.
7. Torc Mountain, Co. Kerry – for 360-degree views of the Killarney National Park
A relatively easy mountain to walk, 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.
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.
This 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. Take your time and soak in this amazing 4-hour trail.
5. Slieve League, Co. Donegal – for the daredevils
Test your inner daredevil here by walking across the famous ‘one-man pass’. A 400-metre long ridge with steep falls into the Atlantic Ocean either side. A beautiful scenic hike, but do not attempt it on a windy day
4. Croaghaun, Co. Mayo – for sheer drops and jaw-dropping views
The smaller of two peaks on Achill Island, standing at 668 metres but featuring more preferable views of the sheer drop to the sea level.
Here lies the home of Ireland’s highest corrie lake, Bunnafreva Lough West, which makes for some unique photographs and a distinct Keem Bay in the background.
3. Benbulbin, Co. Sligo – for Yeats’ country
Irelands most distinctive mountain, located in the Darty Mountains, but do not let the summit height of 526 metres fool you, 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, with breathtaking views of Yeats’ country at the summit.
2. Mount Errigal, Donegal – for a majestic mountain
The highest mountain in the north-west of Ireland at 800 metres, and probably the most difficult mountain to approach, with a wet, bog earth soaking through your boots before you even attempt the ascent, so plan your route carefully beforehand.
Roughly taking four hours up and down, a truly magnificent view of Donegal awaits you.
1. Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry – for the highest peak in Ireland
Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland at 1,038 metres and comes in at number one on the list. Hike the Devils Pass route on the way up for the quickest ascent, but do not look down!
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.
Article written by Damien Flood Ryan.