Irish Coast to Coast Walk
The Coast to Coast walk through Ireland, from Dublin to the Atlantic coast passes through glorious mountain and river country and offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. The walk comprises several linked waymarked routes to provide a continuous 387 mile long route across Ireland. Starting from Dublin, the routes used are the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way and the Kerry Way. So if you walk this entire route you will have completed six long distance paths! Whether you intend to split this route into sections and enjoy the walk over a period of time, or walk it in one go, the alternative high-level routes along the way enable you to make the adventure as challenging as you like.
Following the recommended guide book itinerary the complete walk will take 24 days. This is a long time to spend in one continuous walk and if this is not practical for you we would suggest breaking the route down and walking each of the included long distance paths in sequence at a different time. The 24 day schedule is built around the availability of accommodation, food and drink, which means that some days are long and others short, the average being 16 miles per day. The terrain is mostly gentle, but there are sections where it is more demanding, particularly on the Kerry Way. The route uses minor roads, forest tracks, bog roads, open hillsides and occasional riverside or field paths. Of course if you choose any of the high level alternatives the terrain is significantly more difficult, only suitable if you have some hill walking experience and map and compass navigation skills.
Wicklow Way - Dublin to Clonegal (6 days).
South Leinster Way - Clonegal to Carrick-on-Suir (4 days).
East Munster Way - Carrick-on-Suir to Clogheen (3 days).
Blackwater (Avondhu) Way - Clogheen to Bweeng (4 days).
Blackwater (Dunhallow) Way - Bweeng to Muckross (3 days).
Kerry Way - Muckross to Portmagee (4 days). Travelling along the Iveragh Peninsula in one of Ireland's most mountainous regions this dramatic walk provides a fitting climax to your journey across the Emerald Isle.
The high level alternative routes are: Lug Walk; Blackstairs Mountains; Comeragh Mountains; Knockmealdown Mountains; Derrynasaggart Mountains; MacGillycuddy's Reeks; Coomasaharn Horseshoe.
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