Hiking Ireland

When it get too hot for hiking here in southern Spain, I like to offer clients a trip to the cooler climes of Ireland, my birthplace. Its also an opportunity for me to get back to visit family and friends and to get some great hiking in at the same time. With this in mind I have created this package along with some hiking friends in Ireland. Its a fabulous challenge and a demanding one so please think carefully before signing up.
What we offer is a one week walking holiday where we hike to the top of each of the highest mountains of the four provinces of Ireland.

The High Kings -  Ard Ri na hEireann

The Highest Mountains of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht

€1990 inclusive per person based on sharing a twin room

Minimum 5 persons.

Whats included;
8 days / 7 nights accommodation, breakfast and evening meals and packed lunches on the walking days.

All motor transport for you and your luggage, starting at the airport, all through the week until we drop you off at the airport for your return home.

24 hours and 7 day guide service. We will have someone with you at all times to guide you whether on the mountain or around the town in the evening.

for information and more details please email me at
John@HikingWalkingSpain.com or call me on wassap (0034) 647 273 502

These four peaks,  Carrauntoohil of Munster, Mweelrea of Connacht, Sleive Donard of Ulster and Lugnaciolla of Leinster, represent the highest points in each of the four provinces of Ireland. The combined heights are equal to 3627 meters (11,900 ft), it's a great challenge.

Damien and Margaret Godwin Hiking Guides
John Keogh  Hiking Guide

Here is a sample itinerary for the week. This can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

Day 1. Arrival in Shannon and transfer to our overnight accommodation near Killarney to prepare for the hike the next day. (131 klm - 2 hours)
Evening meal in Killarney.

Day 2. Hiking Carrauntoohil. the highest mountain in Munster (1038 Meters) (8 hours hiking)
After breakfast we pack our lunch and head off. Our evening meal and overnight is in Killarney.

Carrauntoohil (Irish: Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak in the southern province of Munster. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range. Carrauntoohil overlooks three bowl-shaped valleys, each with its own lakes. This is the first and the biggest hike. Starting from Cronins yard to the top and back takes roughly 8 hours. Its a big day but if we're lucky we may even get a clear day..... If we're lucky....

Day 3: Free Day and transfer along The Wild Atlantic Way to Galway. (210 klm - 3 hours).
The evening meal and overnight is in Galway.

Day 4: Hiking Mweelrea. The highest mountain in Connacht. (6 hours hiking)
Early start after breakfast we pack our lunches and head off for the hike.

Mweelrea (Irish Cnoc Maol Réidh, meaning 'smooth bald hill') is a mountain in County Mayo, Ireland and the highest mountain in Connaught. With a height of 814 metres (2,670 feet), the mountain overlooks the fjord of Killary Harbour. This is a fabulous hike and with the fjord and the Atlantic so close its a spectacular walk also. This too is a 6 hour hike up and down. A smashing walk.

Afterwards we transfer to Dublin for 4 nights accommodation. (330 klm - 4 hours). Our evening meal will be en route to Dublin after we have finished the hike. Dublin will be our base for the Ulster and Leinster hikes because both are within easy driving range of Dublin.

Day 5: Hiking Sleive Donard. the highest mountain in Ulster. (5 hours hiking)
Drive to Sleive Donard is 2 hours each way.

Slieve Donard (Irish: Sliabh Dónairt, meaning "Dónairt's mountain") is an 850-metre (2,790 ft) mountain in County Down, Northern Ireland. Part of the Mourne Mountains, it is the highest peak the province of Ulster. It is also the 19th highest peak on the island of Ireland. Slieve Donard sits near the town of Newcastle on the eastern coast of County Down, only 2 miles (3 km) from the Irish Sea. This is a lovely walk and not too difficult although there a couple of steep sections. 6 hours from the car park will do it. Cracking views of the Irish seas across to Scotland and the Isle of Man

After breakfast we will pack our lunches and head north to hike.
Our evening meal and overnight is in Dublin.

Day 6: Free Day in Dublin City.
Breakfast and evening meal and overnight is in Dublin.

Day 7: Hiking Lugnacoilla.The highest mountain in Leinster.( 6 hours hiking)
Drive to Lugnacoilla is 1.5 hours each way.
After breakfast and packing our lunch we will head out to hike.

Lugnaquilla (Irish: Log na Coille, meaning "hollow of the wood") is a 925-metre (3,035 ft) tall mountain in County Wicklow, Ireland and the highest peak in the province of Leinster. It's a bulky mountain, with a large plateau-type summit, bounded on two sides by steep glacial corries called "North Prison" and "South Prison". Its my old favourite. As a Dubliner its almost compulsory to climb this hill. I love this walk and especially the Fraughen Rock Glen. This is a 6 hour hiking day.

Our evening meal and overnight is in Dublin.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport in Dublin for you trip home.
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport.

Each hike is achievable but the accumulation of walking days and tiredness means that its a challenging week and should not be underestimated.
A good level of fitness is required.