Going on a walking holiday in Ireland is a chance to see the stunning natural beauty of the Emerald Isle. Ireland is famous for the country's rolling green hills, changeable weather, rugged coastlines and traditional villages and a walking holiday in Ireland will get you to the country's green heart.
Dublin, Cork and Galway are vibrant cities with fascinating histories and be sure to make time to try a Guinness in one of the many pubs that line the city streets. You'll be treated well by the friendly hosts who run the local hotels after a long day of hiking on long-distance trails such as the Wicklow Way and The Western Way.
On our 8-day walking tour of the Wicklow Way, you will experience the oldest long-distance hiking trail in Ireland on foot. Follow in the historical footsteps of the country and start your hiking tour in Clonegal, where your first stage leads you on good paths to the small town of Shillelagh. Picturesque hilly landscapes and scenic hiking trails await you the following day on the stage to Tinahely.
The journey continues to Moyne and the next day to Glenmalure. On the next day's stage, a particularly picturesque place awaits you - the Glendalough Valley, a well-known monastic town in the Wicklow Mountains.
On the following day, you will hike the queen stage of this active tour - the route from Roundwood to Enniskerry with fantastic viewpoints and panoramas that on clear days can reach all the way to the coast of Great Britain. The last stage takes you to the Irish capital Dublin, where you can round off your walking tour with a typical Irish dinner.
The start of this hiking tour already gives you an idea of what to expect in the upcoming stages. At the Cliffs of Moher, you will set off on one of the world's most impressive coastal walks.
You will continue to the Aran Islands and Maam Cross. With magnificent views of the green hills and flocks of sheep, the route leads to Lough Inagh in Connemara, one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland.
On the sixth day, the route continues to Leenane. As a crowning finale to your walking tour, you will walk along the Famine Way, which takes you along the coast of Killary Fjord with impressive distant views and is the only fjord in Ireland.
Fully-organised walking holidays are the best way to walk or hike in new surroundings along some of Europe's most popular and lesser-known walking trails in a confident way.
We have a wide selection of walking tours available across Europe, but all of our hiking holidays have several things in common such as luggage transfers and pre-planned routes.
We've highlighted several reasons why you should go on a self-guided walking holiday in our overview video.
If you have never been on a hiking holiday like this before or are used to organising everything yourself from planning the route to carrying your tent, our short video will give you an idea of what to expect on a walking tour with us.