There’s no better reward after a mountain hike than the marvellous views you’ll get in return for your effort. Here are a few to get you started...
Fan of The Chronicles of Narnia? Well, CS Lewis’s inspiration for the magical land of Narnia actually came from County Down’s Mourne Mountains
, and you’ll see why as you make your way past the unique landscapes and crystalline lakes. Take a tour with Walk The Mournes
to find the best trails.
Another gem is the Sperrin Mountains
, adored for their wild and untouched beauty – though expect some seriously boggy ground where hiking boots are a necessity! The Sperrins & Killeter Walking Festival
– usually held in September – is a fun way to experience the mountains as you hike along with like-minded people and knowledgeable guides.
Make your way through woodlands and waterfalls around the Slieve Bloom Mountains
in County Laois
in the company of a personal walk leader
, who will take you on trails varying between 4km and 75km in length.
Some of the best hikes leave you looking down on the clouds and that’s where you’ll find yourself on top of the Comeragh Mountains
. The Muddy Boots
touring group will guide you along the Coumshingaun Loop walk; a favourite hike for its gorgeous view of the Coumshingaun Corrie Lake.
Overlooking County Mayo
is Ireland’s most spiritual mountain, Croagh Patrick
, named in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. The mountain is scaled by thousands of pilgrims on the last Sunday of July, with a mass held in the summit’s chapel. Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays
can lead you to the peak of this holy mountain. However, while some bravely climb barefoot on Reek Sunday, we certainly suggest sturdy pair boots as you make your way to the top.
And last but not least, is the Carrauntoohil
mountain, Ireland’s highest mountain set in County Kerry
. This hike can take you up to 7 hours, yet for those feeling a little less confident, the Kerry Climbing
guides are great companions to take you up this magnificent mountain while talking you through its history, geography and legends.
Are there any other spectacular mountains that some of our community members have had the chance to explore with a guide?