Walking in Ireland
Harry McGee, Eibhear Walshe and Mary Mulvihill talk about their favourite places to walk.
Harry – Galway / Connemara / Donegal
Easy route: Galway – introduction – Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park, it’s on its own, not part of a range and it is waymarked. It’s a nice easy walk to start with. It is near Letterfrack.
The next walk is Leic Aimhreidh (Lackavrea) This walk is near Maam Cross and Maumeen. It is a circular ridge and you can walk it in 40 minutes and you have views of Lough Corrib and Maamturk.
Challenging route: Glen Coaghan horseshoe this is the south facing valley of the 12 bens. This walks takes in 7 of the 12 Bens. It’s an unrelenting climb of ridges and you get to the top of the 12 Bens. It’s for experienced and fit hill walkers.
You have to scramble on some parts of it as it’s very steep.
It also takes about 9 hours, so you have to leave early to make sure you complete the walk in day light. You need a map, compass, rain gear. You need to bring plenty of water and food. Also, you need to plan it in advance. There is also a “scree run” – small rocks you can run down.
The weather is unpredictable so bring rain gear.
Co Mayo - A nice one to do in Mayo is one called Ben Creggan – it’s in the Delphi Valley – amazing green valley.
Donegal - Easy route: Coastal walk – goes from Dunfanaghy in North West Donegal and local GAA club.
Eibhear – Cork/Kerry
Beara Way - The Beara Way, incorporating part of the Beara Breifne Way based on the march of O’Sullivan Beare in 1603.
Dingle Way - This is another Looped route – off road – that you can do starting and finishing in Dingle.
Kerry Way - This route is longer and over 200kms. You can do up to 8 days – starts from Muckcross Park and it ends in Killarney.
Seefin, near Kippure – close to Dublin, and Brittas – it’s not very high, and it has a great cairn, and a burial chamber that you can explore and shelter in!
The hills around Glendalough and Glendasan and St Kevins Way.
The Cooley Mountains above the medieval village of Carlingford.