Top ten walking trails in Ireland - SEE PHOTOS
Take a break from the usual tourist trail and explore the wonderful walks to be found in Ireland
9. The Slieve Blooms, County Laois and County Offaly
The best way to describe this inland trail is rural and unspoilt. It travels through the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Along the way you will be close to nature hearing nothing but the great collection of birds and the wind in the trees.
The circular trail stretches for 33 miles along the midland plains and also up into the environmentally protected areas in the hills.
At Arderin, the highest point in these hills, you are rewarded with a spellbinding panoramic view. In fact, it’s said that on a clear day, you can see the highest points in all four Irish provinces: Lugnaquilla in Leinster, Mweelrea in Connaught, Carrauntoohil in Munster and Slieve Donard in Ulster.
10. The Burren, County Clare
The Burren is 310 square miles of silvery limestone-layered fields which stretch from Galway, across Clare and to the Atlantic Ocean.
In this unusual landscape the rivers run underground through a honeycomb of caves carved by nature through soft limestone, where year-round pastures flourish at rocky heights and where Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants grow side by side as strange flowerbed fellows in secret stone pockets and rocky wrinkles.
This region offers numerous scenic shorter looped walks as well as long-distance routes for those seeking a challenge.