An Island Laced with Great Hikes
With a small pack and a poncho (it will rain), Ireland
is literally your oyster. That is, on many hikes you can pause to enjoy fresh ones before returning to the trail. Long-distance paths criss-cross the counties and are well-marked. In addition, you can find tour companies that will carry your bags from one quaint country B&B to the next, leaving you free to revel in the countryside unencumbered. Long-distance journeys can last two to 10 days or more. In County Mayo, the 48-kilometer Bangor Trail covers some of the most desolate terrain in Ireland and inspires solitary awe. The Beara Way in County Cork is a fine combination of mountain vistas and beautiful coasts, yet remains easy enough for most hikers over its 196-kilometer route.