• Tipperary

    Tipperary Trails

    Tipperary County Council kindly shared this great brochure of Tipperary Trails. A copy of the brochure can be found here. Some great ones to get you out and about. I will do more detailed individual posts on some of the trails in the future but for now, I hope ye enjoy this.

  • Mayo

    Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival 2019

    Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place this year from 8th-10th March 2019. The entry is €20 a day or €50 over the 3 days. It is a great opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Mayo. Walks start each day at 8:30am sharp. Starting points are: 8th March – Corleys Pub Ballintubber 9th March – Aughagower Village 10th March – Murrish Carpark (Base of Croagh Patrick) Full details below and find out more at http://www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com Also take a look at our post on Croagh Patrick itself here. See below exciting footage from last year’s Heritage Trail.   Route & Distance: Friday 8th March – Balla to Ballintubber (18km) 8.30am Sharp…

  • Ireland's Ancient East

    The Offaly Way

    The Offaly Way is a linear route linking the Slieve Bloom Way, (at Cadamstown) to Lemanaghan Monastic Site, and to the Grand Canal Way. Only 37kms long, it nonetheless includes areas of mountain and riverside as well as long stretches of bogland. Though the highest point is only 140m, much of the Way commands wide views over a comparatively flat landscape. The route has ecclesiastical and prehistoric interest. The Way starts in Cadamstown, with the Slieve Bloom Way less than 2 km away. Just north of here is an interesting geological formation where a fine outcrop of rock has been exposed by erosion caused by the Silver River. The waterfalls…

  • Laois

    Weekly Walks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

    The Slieve Bloom Mountains are a mountain range in the midlands of Ireland that span through Offaly and Laois. The highest point is a modest 527M but the scale of the mountains are extensive. The mountain range is bordered by towns such as Clonaslee, Mountrath, Roscrea, Rosenallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown Kinnitty and Mountmellick. The Slieve Bloom mountains are amongst the oldest in Europe and once they stood at 3700M before weathering and erosion reduced them to the current size of 527M. The walking trails range from looped walks, long distance way-marked walks or unguided walks but don’t forget a map and compass if you are not going as part of a…

  • Cork

    Beachwalk : Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty, Cork

    Inchydoney Beach is a beautiful blue flag beach just 10 minutes from Clonakilty Town in Cork. Inchydoney itself is a small island, long connected to the mainland by two causeways. This is a lovely beach to take a short walk on, anytime of the year. As the beach is quite sandy, it would not be very buggy friendly for a walk. The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (link) also overlooks the beach, so this is a great option for a walk for its residences. There is a car park a short walk from the beach ( location shown below).

  • Laois

    Laois Walks Festival (Guest Post)

    Guest post by Peter Maher. Thanks, Peter. Laois walks festival commenced on Sunday the 1st of July with a walk around the picturesque Derryounce Lakes and bogland in Portarlington. Now in its 17th year, the festival offers the opportunity for walkers to experience all that Laois has to offer with 27 guided walks throughout the county with varying difficulty during the month of July. The festival offers walks that are designed to encourage you to get out and explore the countryside and the Slieve Bloom Mountains. The scenic walks are varied; through woodland, over pastoral lands and along country laneways. For those who are interested in completing a pilgrim passport…

  • Buggy Friendly

    The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

    The National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin is a brilliant place to visit. It is free to enter the gardens and is a great place to go for a walk. The gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society (later the Royal Dublin Society) and are today in State ownership through the Office of Public Works. They hold 20,000 living plants and many millions of dried plant specimens. There are several architecturally notable greenhouses (from wiki). The gardens have a cafe and restaurant on site and plenty to see. Here are some photos from a recent trip. By the way, it is right next to the Glasnevin Cemetery so you could always…

  • Mayo

    Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival

    Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place this year from 9th-11th March. The entry is €20 a day or €50 over the 3 days. It is a great opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Mayo. Walks start each day at 8:30am sharp. Starting points are: 9th March – Corleys Pub Ballintubber 10th March – Aughagower Village 11th March – Murrish Carpark (Base of Croagh Patrick) Full details below and find out more at http://www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com Also take a look at our post on Croagh Patrick itself here.

  • Buggy Friendly,  Galway

    Connemara National Park – Diamond Hill Walks

    The Connemara National Park is 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It has a visitor’s centre located in Letterfrack and from this center you can easily do a number of walking trails of Diamond Hill. This allows you to enjoy the scenery of part of this fantastic national park. Not all the trails are buggy-friendly so ask at the centre. Along with the Diamond Hill trails, the visitor’s centre also has a children’s playground, picnic areas and a tea room. It is also only about 10 minutes drive from Kylemore Abbey, another fantastic place to visit. For more information, see http://www.connemaranationalpark.ie The carpark to the visitor’s centre is…

  • Buggy Friendly,  Ireland's Ancient East,  Waterford

    Waterford Greenway

    The Waterford Greenway (or Déise Greenway) opened in March of 2017 and offers 46km of off-road cycling and walking trails from Waterford City to Dungarvan. While we concentrate on walking and hiking at takeahike.ie, cycling the greenway is highly recommended and bikes can be rented from a number of companies such as: Greenway Waterford Bike Hire The Greenway Man Waterford Greenway Bike Hire The map and images below are taken from waterfordcouncil.ie (WaterfordGreenway2017Map) From the Waterford City side of the Greenway, the start is shown below.