These walks will include ascending and decending of hills, so a reasonable fitness level is required. You can choose from a selection of durations for your moderate walk bearing in mind most are 3 hours or more. The strenuous linear walks are definitely for the more experienced walker or those with a good fitness level.
These walks can take a full day and require a longer holiday duration. Challenging underfoot in places with rough terrain, longer walks up and down steep hills. Strenuous linear walks are suitable for experienced walkers who like a challenge. Some of the more strenuous walks may require navigation and/or mountaineering skills. A good level of fitness is required.
This is a circular route starting above Ballymurphy & travels along the ridge. It includes Caher Roe’s Den and Blackstairs Mountain, taking in some very pleasant and varied country lanes.
Starting Point: 3km from Ballymurphy Village
Time: 5 hours
This is a challenging yet rewarding walk. Follow the trail past the boating lake and cross the Shimna Road into Islands Park. Follow the path alongside the Shimna up to the Bryansford Road. This ascends into Tollymore Forest Park, and provides excellent views before reaching the trees. The route is way marked through Tollymore Forest Park and emerges through a small beech wood onto hillside, where the path meets the Trassey Road. The route then contours around Slievenamiskan and Hen Mountain before reaching the New Bog Road. The route then follows the Rowan Tree River before crossing Rocky River and going through the saddle between Rocky Mountain and Tormarock to reach Castle Bog Road. The route continues past Altataggart Mountain and contours the foot of the Rostrevor Ridge. This leads through the Rostrevor Forest and on to the finishing point in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.
Time: 7 hours
This route takes you across the mountains from Shankill in the east to Tallaght in the west. This route is classified as one of the national waymarked ways and is waymarked with the standard yellow walking man symbol.
Starting Point: Tallaght – Finishing Point Shankhill (or vice versa)
Time: 10 hours
The Dingle peninsula, the northernmost of County Kerry’s peninsulas, stretches nearly 50 kilometres into the Atlantic, and is 21 kilometres wide at its broadest. It is a dramatic and varied landscape of coastal plains, sandy beaches, mountains and lakes. Leaving Tralee the route climbs onto the flanks of the Slieve Mish and contours westwards before crossing the peninsula to the scenic Inch beach on Dingle Bay. The route then meanders westwards by the villages of Anascaul and Lispole to the famed town of Dingle. West of Dingle is the most dramatic part of the Way, an exciting coastal trek around the westernmost point of Ireland and a return leg over a saddle below Kerry’s holy mountain, Brandon, and on to Tralee by the shore. Terrain consists mainly of quiet tarmac roads, mountain, field and cliff paths, and over 20km of good beach walking.
Starting Point: Tralee
Time: 7 days
The Miners Way and Historical Trail is a route which explores the hills and valleys of leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo. It leaves the Leitrim way at Dowra and passes north of Lough Allen. It then meanders through the coal mining territory of the Arigna Mountains, tracing the ancient routes followed by the coal miners on their way to work. Then it goes westward through the Lough Key Forest Park to Boyle as the Historical Trail. It then crosses the Curlieu Mountains and the Bricklieve Mountains, skirting the many megalithic burial mounds of this area. From Castlebaldwin it heads eastwards to rejoin the Miners way near Ballyfarnon.
Time: 5 Days
Starting Point: Arigna
Finishing Point: Dowra