We’re all about embracing nature – after all, you really get to enjoy warmer moments at home after being in the great outdoors! Here are our top five walks to take this summer:
Bray to Greystones walk
Enjoy stunning coastal scenes on this 7km walk in Co Wicklow. It’s a fairly flat walk (not that buggy friendly though!) that can take between 90 minutes and 2 hours to complete, depending on how pacey you are!
Stop off for a bite to eat in the lovely village of Greystones and you can then either hop on the DART to get back to Bray or walk back if you’re feeling energised!
Lough Boora Discovery Park
Lough Boora Discovery Park in Co Offaly used to be one of the Midlands’ hidden gems but word has spread about what a great day out it provides. Five walking routes – from a short stroll to longer treks – bring you through the beautiful bog landscape. A perfect way to get back to nature.www.loughboora.com.
Deerpark Forest Walk
You’ll find a 5.5km walk at Deerpark Forest, just outside Virginia, Co Cavan. Tree lined paths wind their way through the forest and the route passes along the banks of Lough Ramor. If you have time, check out the ‘Golden Way’ in Virginia – it’s a new 2.5km trail that combines both nature and local heritage – including St Patrick’s Well and the Lady’s Cottage.
If you like bracing walks by the sea, Brandon Bay on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry, will be right up your street. Ireland’s longest beach (17km long!) follows a sweeping curve and has some gorgeous mountain views in the background. The beach is open to the North Atlantic and is well known for being a good wind surfing spot – so our advice is to choose a day when it’s not too windy!
An oldie when it comes to recommended walks but definitely a goodie! With a massive 1752 acres to wander around, this Dublin city park has a multitude of trails and walks so you can try a different route each time you visit. About 30 per cent of the park is covered by trees and there are plenty of open fields to walk around – where you might just spot some deer.