Ireland is a delight to visit, from the legendary friendly hospitality to the awesome cities and countryside. And if you are a keen walker then Ireland is one of the best places to explore on foot. From its rugged coastline to its rolling hills and misty mountains, Ireland has it all. And some of the very best trails in Ireland to take advantage of are on the West Coast. And here are some of the very best coastal walks of the West Coast
Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk
Cliffs of Moher are one of the most dramatic parts of the Banner County, and the perfect way to explore them is on foot. Like any trail walking, you have to put the effort in to reap the best rewards, but in the case of these fantastic cliffs you will be more than satisfied. There is now a new path on this great coastal walk that is from Doolin to Liscannor and will take you approximately six hours to complete as it is roughly twenty kilometers long. If you have children with you then take care as in some parts the trail is quite dangerous and steep. Proper walking attire should be worn if you wish to attempt this walk but it is definitely worth the while.
Slieve League Pilgrim Path
Our next coastal walk takes us to Teelin in County Donegal. The cliffs along the Slieve League Pilgrim Path are Ireland’s highest cliffs that are accessible by foot. They rise an impressive two thousand feet above the sea below, and obviously this trek is really only for experienced walkers with the correct equipment. This amazing and awesome path is just under three kilometers, but do not attempt to take this walk if there is heavy rain or fog. The legend about this incredible coastal path is that there is one point where you are supposed to be able to see no less than seven different counties.
Portacloy Loop Walk
Possibly our last coastal walk is the best on the West Coast. If you make your way to the chocolate-box pretty fishing village of Portacloy you can embark on a journey that will take in all the features of the Wild Atlanic Way. And one of the very best things at attempting the Portacloy Loop Walk is that it is far from the madding crowd and well away from the tourist attractions. This part of Northwest Mayo is a hidden gem, and you are almost left the whole landscape to yourself. And what a landscape it is, the unspoiled natural beauty of the area takes your breath away. From the barren golden sands of Portacloy beach to the rugged but stunningly beautiful cliffs of Benwee Head. This eighteen-kilometer-long loop walk encompasses the very best of coastal walking.
These picturesque and beautiful walks highlight why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle, its sheer beauty is hard to compare, and the warm hospitality of the locals make it a perfect destination for getting out and trekking all over the countryside.