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ABOVE: A walker takes a break on Sherkin Island.

Resources and Web links

Irish Walking Maps

In the Republic, most walkers use the Discovery Series from Ordnance Survey Ireland. These 89 folding maps have an easy-to-read scale of 1:50,000. They show major trails, roads, and landmarks such as castles and standing stones. North of the border, the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland has its own series of 1:50,000 Discoverer Series maps.

Books on Walking in Ireland

Lonely Planet's Walking in Ireland, Frank Booth's The Independent Walkers' Guide to Ireland, Paddy Dillon's Irish Coastal Walks and The South West Coast Path, Kevin Corcoran's West of Ireland Walks, and Sanda Bardwell/Jacquetta Megarry's The Dingle Way are just a few of the Ireland walking guides available at your bookseller or from online vendors. You'll also find locally published books at shops and tourist offices throughout Ireland.

Web sites

Tourism Ireland
Select your country, click "Activities" in the lefthand navigation menu, and select "Walking" for a planner and other information. In the United States, visit Tourism Ireland's Activity Vacations site and choose "Walking & Hiking Tours" for a list of U.S.-based tour operators. (Note: Compare prices between U.S. operators and Irish firms before booking; an Ireland-based operator like SouthWestWalks Ireland may offer better value and a more "Irish" experience.)

Northern Ireland Tourist Board
See the tourist board's walking section for details on hiking and strolling opportunities in the beautiful scenery of Northern Ireland's coasts and glens.

Irish Trails
Locate graded walking and cycling trails with this Web site from the Irish Sports Council.

Getting to Northern and Southwest Ireland

Our small group of American journalists flew Continental's new nonstop route from Newark to Belfast International Airport. We then flew Air Eirann from Belfast City Airport to Cork, returning to Newark from Shannon.

If you're headed for Ireland from Britain or continental Europe, you'll have many more options--including such ferry routes as Liverpool-Belfast, Fishguard-Rosslare, and Cherbourg-Rosslare.

Next page: Giant's Causeway

Walking in Ireland - General Information:
Introduction Resources and Web links
Types of walking trips  

Walks in Northern Ireland:
Giant's Causeway Rathlin Island
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Guide: Chris Murphy

Walks in Southwest Ireland:
Roaringwater Bay Sheep's Head Way
Sherkin Island Glengarriff Nature Reserve
Heir Island Guides: SouthWestWalks Ireland
Cape Clear Island  

Related articles:
Molly Gallivan's Cottage and Traditional Farm
Bunratty Manor Hotel (Shannon Airport)

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