Ireland is home to a fantastic array of breathtaking scenery. From wild coastlines to rugged mountains and green pastures, there are hiking trails to suit every type of traveller. It’s the perfect place to dust off your hiking boots, don a backpack and head out into the bracing fresh air.

The Causeway Coast

The epic Giant’s Causeway features in this well signed and exciting coastal walk. Stretching for over 50km between Ballycastle and Portstewert, the route takes in golden sands, rugged cliffs and charming seaside towns and villages. It takes an average of two days to complete the walk, though you can stretch it out and stay in some of the towns along the way. There are hostels, b&bs and campsites all along the way. Public transport between the two towns is regular, so you can leave your luggage behind and come back for it easily. The route is part of the 1000km Ulster way, which circles Northern Ireland.

The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of KerryIf you’re looking to discover why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle, this is the walk for you. This route takes in over 200km of fantastic natural wonders and typically takes up to ten days to complete. The trail starts in Killarney and loops around the Iveragh Peninsula. Pubs and b&bs are rife along the way, although if the weather is fine, it’s well worth pitching a tent.

Coast to coast

For extreme hikers, Ireland’s coast to coast is a must. The walk takes in almost 600km of varied scenery stretching between Dublin and Brays Head in County Kerry. Up and over the Wicklow mountains and across country, the views are stunning, finishing with the sun setting into the wild Atlantic Ocean. Most walkers finish the route in about 24 days and either camp out in the wild or enjoy the many options along the way.

Remember to pack maps, a compass, waterproof clothing and food and water to keep you going. Some stretches can be very rural, though there are several villages and towns along all of the routes from which to stock up.