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Guide to taking a walking tour of Ireland

Oct 01, 2020 by Jamie Burke

On a Walking Tour of Ireland, you’ll have the chance to explore some of the Emerald Isle’s emerald-est hills and glens. Learn why it’s a great option for a trip to Ireland, the top sites you’ll see in Ireland, and more!


Why take a Walking Tour of Ireland?

Whether you’re in Ireland or strolling along the Amalfi Coast, Walking Tours are a great way to get active while you travel—and they give you a chance to go off the beaten path. You’ll get introduced to the highlights and the history of your destination, then see it all up close with visits to smaller towns and short hikes through unbeatable landscapes.

“We experienced quintessential Ireland,” said our traveler Ryan. “The cliffs, Aran and Granish Islands, miles of stone walls, birds, pubs, mountains, Irish Coffee, monasteries, sheep herding and even a marble factory!”


What should I pack for a Walking Tour of Ireland?

You’ll want to be prepared to be on your feet during the day, which means packing clothes you’re comfortable being active in and having this simple gear for your Walking Tour:

Hiking boots or shoes

A good pair of hiking boots will come in handy when you’re strolling on unpaved paths or slippery surfaces—plus, they’ll keep your feet cozy and dry if you encounter Ireland’s notoriously rainy weather.

Check out our tips for picking out the best shoes for your Walking Tour.


Having a light rain jacket that you can pack and keep with you on the go is also a good idea. Ireland’s landscapes are lovely rain or shine—you just want to be prepared for whatever the weather!

A small daypack

Put snacks, a water bottle, and anything else you might need (like an extra layer, or a good camera!) in a small daypack that you can bring with you on your guided walks.


What are the best sites to see in Ireland on a Walking Tour?

Strolling through these top spots makes lacing up your walking shoes so worth it! “Ireland is the most beautiful country I have ever visited,” said our traveler Kathleen. “… it was made more special by being out in the countryside walking and hiking in beautiful landscapes and learning the history from our tour guide.”

  • Connemara National Park. It’s one of six national parks in Ireland and known for its stunning mountain views.

  • The Cliffs of Moher. A must for any traveler in Ireland. These awe-inspiring sea cliffs stretch for miles along the Atlantic, and the views are truly out-of-this-world.

  • Killarney National Park. Ireland’s first national park and home to Muckross House, a stately Tudor-style mansion.

  • Aran Islands. These rocky islands off the coast of Galway are home to some of Ireland’s most untamed landscapes.

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About the author | Jamie Burke
Always on the lookout for the next best meal ever, Jamie loves exploring the world—and all the great food in it. When she's not working to inspire new travelers, you'll find her biking around Boston, eating at her favorite sushi place, or hanging out at home with her family (and cat).

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