Hi everyone. I hope I find you all well and looking forward to some further wanderings around Ireland. This week we venture into the stunning province of Munster. When it comes to walking around Ireland, there’s an absolute treasure trove of choices here. We start in County Clare at one of Ireland’s most iconic natural wonders.
Walking Around Ireland. Munster
1. The Cliffs of Moher
We begin at one of Ireland’s most popular attractions in County Clare. The Cliffs of Moher rise from the southwestern edge of the Burren and continue along the edge of the Atlantic to their highest point at 214 meters at their midpoint at O’Briens’s tower. The coastal walking route in nothing less than spectacular and covers some 18km from Liscannor in the south to the village of Doolin in the north. Of course you can make the walk as short or as long as you like and there are car parks dotted along the route depending on where you want to start and finish. This is a cliff top path so absolute care is needed and the walk is not advisable in poor weather. On a fine day though, you’ll be bowled over by the awesome Atlantic views.
Time to head into the Kingdom of Kerry and a visit to Derrynane Bay near Caherdaniel in the heart of the Ring of Kerry tourist trail. I love a beach walk and Derrynane Beach is one of Ireland’s finest. The Derrynane Mass Path walk takes in this beautiful beach and so much more. The Mass Path refers to the path taken by Catholics in penal times to attend secret mass at Derrynane Mass Rock. Starting at Derrynane House, the walking route takes in stunning views of the beach and coastline below as well as trails through lush woodlands.
3. Beara Peninsula
Time to cross over into neighboring County Cork for some wanders around the stunning Beara Peninsula. This stunning peninsula in the south west of Ireland is flanked by Kenmare Bay to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. I have a particular soft spot for this part of the country. I have friends who live in Eyeries, a beautiful village nestled at the foot of the Slieve Mickish mountain range with stunning views over Coulagh Bay. Many happy days and nights have been spent in this very special part of the world.
The pic above was taken last summer when restrictions were eased. I spent 4 glorious days down here with family and friends and the weather was stunning. Daily rambles would always include finding the perfect spot for a swim in the sea. We were spoiled for choice! Can’t wait to get back there.
Did I mention the spectacular sunsets? Spot the Skelligs peeping up behind the palm tree.
4. Dursey Island
So now it’s time for a cable car ride over to Dursey Island, just off the south-west tip of the Beara Peninsula. It measures 6.5 km long and 1.5 km wide and is a wonderful place for a walk. No shops, restaurants or pubs so provisions are essential. This is a birdwatchers paradise and there’a a chance you’ll see some whales or dolphins too!
Me and my daughter Hannah on Dursey Island last year. Happy memories.
5. Dunmore East
We finish our walking around Ireland tour of Munster with a trip to the sunny south east, namely Dunmore East in County Waterford. Nestled in a valley which gently slopes down to the sea, this gorgeous harbor town is a great place for a gentle beach walk but I highly recommend the scenic walk along the cliffs to Portally Cove. Stunning views of the Saltees and Waterford Harbor are to be had here.
Thanks so much for joining me on my Irish wanderings. See you next time for some unforgettable Leinster strolls!
Take care of yourselves and each other,
Slán go fóill!