Lough Boora Discovery Park

Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures. These sculptures give the park an other-worldly feel, created using the old industrial materials of the bog such as locomotives, rail-line and … Continue reading Lough Boora Discovery Park

The Offaly Way

The Offaly Way is a linear route linking the Slieve Bloom Way, (at Cadamstown) to Lemanaghan Monastic Site, and to the Grand Canal Way. Only 37kms long, it nonetheless includes areas of mountain and riverside as well as long stretches of bogland. Though the highest point is only 140m, much of the Way commands wide views over a comparatively flat landscape. The route has ecclesiastical … Continue reading The Offaly Way

Weekly Walks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

The Slieve Bloom Mountains are a mountain range in the midlands of Ireland that span through Offaly and Laois. The highest point is a modest 527M but the scale of the mountains are extensive. The mountain range is bordered by towns such as Clonaslee, Mountrath, Roscrea, Rosenallis, Clonaslee, Cadamstown Kinnitty and Mountmellick. The Slieve Bloom mountains are amongst the oldest in Europe and once they … Continue reading Weekly Walks in the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival takes place this year from 9th-11th March. The entry is €20 a day or €50 over the 3 days. It is a great opportunity to see the amazing scenery of Mayo. Walks start each day at 8:30am sharp. Starting points are: 9th March – Corleys Pub Ballintubber 10th March – Aughagower Village 11th March – Murrish Carpark (Base of Croagh … Continue reading Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival

Connemara National Park – Diamond Hill Walks

The Connemara National Park is 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It has a visitor’s centre located in Letterfrack and from this center you can easily do a number of walking trails of Diamond Hill. This allows you to enjoy the scenery of part of this fantastic national park. Not all the trails are buggy-friendly so ask at the centre. Along … Continue reading Connemara National Park – Diamond Hill Walks

Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway (or Déise Greenway) opened in March of 2017 and offers 46km of off-road cycling and walking trails from Waterford City to Dungarvan. While we concentrate on walking and hiking at takeahike.ie, cycling the greenway is highly recommended and bikes can be rented from a number of companies such as: Greenway Waterford Bike Hire The Greenway Man Waterford Greenway Bike Hire The map and images … Continue reading Waterford Greenway

Hellfire Club – Drone Aerial Photos

We received these great aerial photos of the Hellfire Club and Montpelier Hill from Anthony Kelly in Dublin.  These were taken from his drone. It looks great from above! Looking forward to seeing some more of these drone photos here and on his Instagram @miamikelly30 Also, check out our page on the Hellfire Club at http://takeahike.ie/2014/11/29/take-a-walk-to-the-hellfire-club/ Continue reading Hellfire Club – Drone Aerial Photos

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is a 60 km national way-marked walk which begins in the village of Balla in east Mayo and ends at the village of Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick on the shores of Clew Bay. http://www.clogherheritage.com/cpht_dev/ If you are looking for a good opportunity to do this trail, the 9th Annual Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival on Weekend March 10th, 11th … Continue reading Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail

Great Western Greenway (Westport to Achill)

This 42km Greenway from Westport to Achill (through Newport and Mulranny) offers a fantastic way to enjoy the Mayo countryside. This walk or cycle gives you the chance to enjoy amazing views of Clew Bay and the track is very well maintained (http://www.greenway.ie/index.html). While we concentrate on walking and hiking at takeahike.ie, cycling is also highly recommended and bikes can be rented from a number of … Continue reading Great Western Greenway (Westport to Achill)