Hiking in Ireland offers some of the most spectacular scenery and solitude one could ask for. Surrounded by lush hills, clear flowing streams, and a windswept countryside that seems to extend forever you will quickly understand what many of those Irish jigs were all about!
One of the most scenic and popular places to hike in Ireland is on the western coast in an area called Connenmara. Connenmara is really a loosely defined area, of which comprises a swath of pristine countryside in the Connemara peninsula of County Galway. This is the area from which many of the famous Irish songs and ballads derived from. It is even speculated that J.R.R. himself loved this part of Ireland so much that a good deal of his inspiration for his middle earth; and let me tell you that upon exploring this area for a few days it’s easy to make the connection.
Connenmara National Park and the surrounding area provide a myriad of trails and hikes with differing degrees of difficulty and variety, so best thing to do is visit the park tourist office and have them supply you with a map and some helpful advice.
- Connemara National Park – Homepage
This site describes Connemara National Park which is managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service of Ireland. The site gives information on the Park, it’s wildlife and what there is to see and do.