Mix up your usual walking routine this weekend. And head to the coast for some sand, sea and Instagram opportunities on one of these Irish coastal walks.
With 5,600km of stunning coastline surrounding this little country of ours, it’s inevitable that we will have some incredible coastal walks to go with it. Take a day this weekend to go and explore the breathtaking cliffs, hidden coves and miles of sandy beaches on your doorstep. Here are seven of the best coastal walks in Ireland.
1. The Cliffs of Moher walk
The Cliffs of Moher are an iconic Irish landmark. Don’t just go and stand at it for a few minutes and return to your car though, walk it! The coastal path links the villages of Doolin and Liscannor on an 18km stint. If you don’t have the energy for that, start in Doolin and turn around once you reach the Cliffs of Moher for a less strenuous 2.5-hour walk. You’ll be treated to incredible views over Aill na Searrach, the Aran Islands, and Galway Bay. The real appeal of this trail is walking the exposed cliff-top path, a perfect little fix for all you adrenaline junkies out there.
2. The Causeway Coastal Route (from Ballintoy to Portbalintrae)
Another of Ireland’s natural wonders is the Giant’s Causeway. The best way to experience it in all its splendour is by approaching it from the crest of a hill. Starting out at the secluded harbour at Ballintoy (Game of Thrones location!), you’ll head to the golden stretch of White Park beach and then onto the mighty cliffs of Benbane Head. Finally, you’ll head down to the octagonal rocks where the myths and geology collide, before pushing on to Portbalintrae.
Check out our full review of The Causeway Coastal Route (from Ballintoy to Portbalintrae).
3. The Dunmoran/Aughris coastal walk
For a route that’s a little off the beaten track, Sligo’s Dunmoran/Aughris coastal walk is ideal. Follow Dunmoran Strand along the limestone cliffs to Aughris Head. You’ll be confronted with isolation, blasting sea air, rushing tide and quiet serenity for the afternoon. The views of Benbulben and Knocknarea are simply spectacular. Plus, you’ll discover a haven of seabird colonies including gulls, oystercatchers, divers and gannets en route.
Check out our full review of the Dunmoran/Aughris coastal walk.
6. Howth cliff walk
Staying in Dublin for the weekend? The Howth Cliff walk is a really easy stroll that offers some incredible views of Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye and the Baily Lighthouse. It’s just a DART ride away until you’re spreading your wings and embracing the salty seaside air.
5. Bray to Greystones cliff walk
This cliff side walk has become somewhat of a favourite in recent years. Hop on the DART and head to Bray or Greystones to walk this coastal path that connects these two beautiful little towns. Walk the well-worn track and gaze out at the blue waters to try and spot some marine life. You can also climb to the top of Bray Head if you want an even better view along the east coast.
Check out more of our favourite Dublin walks.
6. Kilkee cliff walk
The Pollock holes, Diamond Rocks, and Intrinsic Bay are just some of the delightful hotspots you’ll encounter on the Kilkee cliff walk. It starts at the Diamond Rocks Café at the West End of the town of Kilkee. With no walls between the walkway and the cliff’s edge, you’ll get your daily dose of adrenaline just by walking. Away from the crowds, Co Clare’s Kilkee cliff walk is a delight waiting to be discovered.
7. Ballycotton cliff walk
This Cork coastal walk is a must do. Passing through green farmlands to the beautiful Ballyandreen beach. It’ll take roughly four hours to walk this well-worn cliff path. Warning, there are many stiles to cross, just in case you were tempted to bike it or bring a buggy, don’t!
Check out more of our favourite walks in Cork.
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