Walking in Ireland
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ABOVE: A walker takes a break on Sherkin
Resources and Web links
Irish Walking Maps
In the Republic, most walkers use maps from
Ordnance Survey Ireland. These 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
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.
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"
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.
Locate graded walking and cycling trails with this Web site from the Irish
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.