Tourism Ireland's New Video Inspires Exploring The Country On Foot

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One of the best ways to truly appreciate Ireland’s scenery is to explore it on foot, taking in the country's national parks, serene beaches, coastal trails, and historical sites at one's own pace. With walks, trails and hikes to every ability, the latest video from Tourism Ireland shows how everyone can get outdoors and get active while exploring the island on foot.

Walking festivals are a must for anyone that wants to get a real sense of Ireland and its people, says Tourism Ireland. The oldest -- and biggest -- walking festival is the Ballyhoura International Festival in Limerick. Stretching over Ireland's May Bank Holiday weekend, it attracts visitors from across the globe. The Mourne International Walking Festival (JUN) and the Castlebar International 4 Days' Walks Festival (JUN-JUL) are also worth checking out. 

Possibly the most iconic walking locations on the island of Ireland are along its coastline, including vast stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland.

The International Appalachian Trail runs from west Donegal to Larne in County Antrim. Starting at the imposing Slieve League mountain, the walk takes you through the Blue Stack Mountains and into Northern Ireland, before passing through the Giant’s Causeway and finishing at the Glens of Antrim.


You’ll hear two titles in Ireland describing its landscapes: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland and National Parks in the Republic of Ireland. The Wicklow National Park, The Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Mourne Mountains are featured in Tourism Ireland's video.

Other notable landscapes include the Connemara National Park and Killarney National Park, the Ring of Gullion and the Sperrins.