Ring of Kerry roads

The Best of Ireland Drive & Hike

This self-drive tour checks off multiple historic, cultural, and natural icons that you won’t want to miss, combined with some great walks and suggested excursions. You don’t want to spend all your time behind the wheel after all! Covering the best of Dublin and southwest Ireland, you have the freedom and flexibility of the open road, a perfect drive-hike combination which allows you to explore at your own pace.

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Hiking route · Eastcoast and Midlands
Fairy Castle Loop Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.2 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 331 m
Descent 325 m

A nice walk to the summit of Two Rock Mountain (the Fairy Castle), with spectacular views stretching out over sprawling Dublin and Dublin Bay to ...

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Kerry Way Loop Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.2 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 126 m
Descent 126 m

A walk through the dramatic Black Valley on a section of the Kerry Way, sticking to the lowlands to pass around Lough (Lake) Gummeenduff.

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Windy Gap Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.2 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 342 m
Descent 365 m

This is a beautiful circular walk starting in Glenbeigh with spectacular views of the Reeks and Caragh lake

from Macs Adventure,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Muckross Lake and Torc Mountain (longer walk)
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 19.5 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 549 m
Descent 546 m

An action-packed walk with lots to see. Squeeze Muckross House, Muckross Gardens, Torc Waterfall, Torc Mountain, and a lap of Muckross Lake into ...

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Muckross Lake and Torc Waterfall (shorter walk)
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 132 m
Descent 151 m

An action-packed walk with lots to see. Squeeze Muckross House, Muckross Gardens, Torc Waterfall, and a lap of Muckross Lake into just 13 kilometres!

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Shannon
Cliffs of Moher Short Loop Walk
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 5.4 km
Duration 1:30 h
Ascent 83 m
Descent 91 m

Today’s trail teeters atop the iconic Cliffs of Moher with dramatic and breathtaking views never far away.

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Shannon
The Burren Loop Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 439 m
Descent 439 m

A loop walk through a variety of landscapes, including the unique and picturesque region of the Burren. Expect great views into the mountains and ...

from Josiah Skeats,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · West Ireland
Máméan Pilgrimage Walk
Difficulty moderate
Distance 9.9 km
Duration 2:50 h
Ascent 229 m
Descent 309 m

This is a lovely walk through the wild Maumturk Mountains with views of the 12 Bens of Connemara behind the Inagh Valley

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Hiking route · West Ireland
Inishmore Island Walk
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.5 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 98 m
Descent 107 m

A circular walk past sandy beaches and ancient sites on the largest of the Aran Islands.

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from AbenteuerWege Reisen GmbH,   Macs Adventure