Hiking trails in the Midwest of Ireland


When you plan to visit Ireland, walking may not be at the top of your list. But there are many beautiful and picturesque walks in Ireland that allow you to truly appreciate the scenery.

These are some of my favorite trails in the Mid West of Ireland.

See also: Things to do with children in the west of Ireland

The best walks in the Midwest of Ireland

With its beautiful scenery, strolling through Ireland is a pleasant and as fun way to spend a day as you can. Since we moved to Ireland, we have tried to discover some of the best walks in our local area in the center and west of the country and especially in the Roscommon area.

Below are some of the best walking routes in these areas that are definitely worth sticking to.

Suck Valley Way

Located across Roscommon County is the Suck Valley Road, a 105km mammoth loop that also joins and forms part of the famous Breifne Beara Road.

The hike traverses all sorts of changing terrain, through rugged forests, riverbanks and large wild farmland.

Along the way, there is a lot to see, one of our favorite places is to meander along the Demense at Castlerea, which runs along the river bank through forests, and then leads to the dense forest that takes you to the grounds of the amazing house Clonalis. .

Walks through Ireland via Clonalis House
Casa Clonalis

Walk of the Miners

The Camino dels Miners has its own history as it is part of the old Arigna coal mine. The promenade is a network of roads that meander through Leitrim, Roscommon and Sligo counties. The route follows many of the paths used by miners who went to work in the Arigna Coal Mines many years ago.

The total walk is 118 km of trails, with a rating of easy to moderate with well-kept trails.

Mote Park

Mote Park, a 5-minute drive out of Roscommon City. A stunning place for the family with lots of trails, woods, fairytale garden tracks and the perfect picnic spot. It offers easy walking conditions, as it is a whole road.

All in all, the loop of hiking trails forms an 11 km trail, a very similar terrain with good and easy walking conditions.

The fairy garden is great for kids, with a wide selection of huts and hanging surprises, enough to keep them entertained throughout the ride.

At the end of the summer, the catwalk of the blue bells is so beautiful with the blue bells in bloom that they give off such a vibrant color.

Mote Park, Ireland
Tree Avenue at Mote Park in the Fall, with Fallen Leaves on the Ground – depositphotos.com

The Famine Walk

The Road to Hunger, starting at Strokestown House and continuing a mammoth 165km to Dublin Pier.

The Walk is a tribute to the 1490 men, women and children who took the walk during the Irish Famine of 1847, walking all the way with the aim of reaching Liverpool in England with a final destination in New York as their main goal. .

The walk is mainly flat and well laid out and it is best to do it in sections due to its length. The first stage takes you from Roscommon County Strokestown to Tarmonbarry.

Professional advice: stop here for lunch at the Purple Onion, highly recommended.

Get ready for a walk around Ireland

The climate in the west of Ireland is quite relentless, so being prepared is key. Waterproofing and good footwear are important, as Ireland can often see four seasons in one day. It is also very important to plan the weather in advance, as low fog is often common, especially in higher areas and the chances of disorientation are very possible.

With some of the longest walks, bring food and fluids. Remember that you are in the field and there can only be stretches of dirt and more dirt, so it is important to be prepared when you need a boost of energy.

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