There is a famous advert for outdoor sportswear that states ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes’. This is a line that could equally be applied to holidays in Ireland. As a country we are well used to the saying, ‘getting four seasons in a day’ whether that is wind, rain, clouds, hail and to a much lesser extent this Summer, sunshine. So when it comes to deciding what to pack, we as a people tend to lie on the side of caution and bring a little bit of everything.
When it comes to planning something in the outdoors such as a walking holiday in Ireland, the ‘what to pack’ question becomes even more important. Whatever else you bring, make sure you have a waterproof trousers and jacket and a sturdy pair of waterproof boots. Once these are packed, everything else will look after itself. Having said that, there is never really a ‘bad day’ in Ireland… well not really bad!
Walking Holidays in Ireland
County Cork, is one of Ireland’s best walking and hiking regions and has traditionally tended to stay below the radar relative to some of the better known areas such as walking in Killarney, hiking in Wicklow and hiking in the Mourne Mountains. But Cork offers something more for visitors and here are some of the reasons why we think you should be considering Cork for walking holidays in Ireland.
- More than 1,200 KM’s of coastline,
- The largest inland mountain range in Ireland (The Galtee Mountains),
- Milder year round temperatures,
- More than 40 way marked trails,
- A wide variety of short loop walks to long distance trails are available,
- Ireland’s longest trail starts at the tip of The Beara Peninsula and is 500 KM’s long,
- Breathtaking under-populated peninsulas reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean,
- Pretty villages, warm pubs and the best food in Ireland.
Generally, the best walking areas are towards West Cork, but you need to have an idea where you are going. Within an hour’s drive from Cork Airport you can start walking the beautiful and peaceful St FinBarres Pilgrim Way which is a 2 day/3 night hike to spectacular Gougane Barra. However, other notable highlights include;
Despite Cork having such an abundance of walks, Killarney is only a 70 minute drive from Cork Airport and the beautiful Comeragh Mountains located in Co Waterford to the East of Cork City are just 90 minutes away, so you are always spoiled for choice.
So if you are looking to get out of the city and breathe fresh clean air then look no further than a walking holiday in Ireland. Just contact one of our team and we will create that perfect escape for you.