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Best HIkes in Europe on the Wild Atlantic Way

Some of the best hikes in Europe can be found on the Wild Atlantic Way. Perched on the edge of the continent, you'll find hundreds of stunning circular and linear treks - for both beginners and those looking for a little more of a challenge!

It’s all waiting for you, from outstanding scenic treks with views of epic cliffs and thundering surf on deserted beaches, to looped hikes on isolated islands that offer unrivalled ocean vistas - the choice is yours.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, fill your lungs with fresh air and then stop off in a village pub for the creamiest of pints and the liveliest of traditional music. It doesn't get any better than hiking in Ireland.

Warning! The only difficulty is deciding which spectacular hike to choose from.

Here are five suggested options along the Wild Atlantic Way:

Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail is a linear trail in the most north western corner of Ireland covering over 100km. Rocky, boggy and remote, enjoy the 360 degree panoramas of lush green landscapes, jagged coastlines, barren cliffs and empty beaches. On this wild, rugged and remote trail you will be surrounded by imposing mountains, coastal scenery and tranquil lakes. With space to breathe, you can really get away from it all. 

Diamond Hill

Diamond Hill, located in the spectacular surroundings of Connemara National Park you can choose from the Upper or Lower Diamond Hill trail - both of these way-marked trails wind through heather, bog and grasslands. Let the trails lead you to amazing views of distant harbours, hidden bays, secret inlets, and clusters of desolate islands dotted across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Easily navigable, the trails offer a tranquil few hours amongst birdlife, coastal scenery and some of the best seascapes of Connemara. 

Doolin Cliff Walk

Doolin Cliff Walk is a 20km coastal cliff path that leads you over the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Rising to 214m, relish the breathtaking views of the idyllic Aran Islands and scenic Galway Bay. Listen to the crashing waves and rolling surf below, but keep your eye on the track because this challenging and seaward trail is demanding and not for the faint-hearted! 

The sea-cliff walk will lead you to the intimate village of Doolin, world-famous for its traditional Irish music, craic and lively atmosphere. Truly one of Europe's best treks. 

Beara Way

Beara Way is a 196km circuit of the south western Beara Peninsula. Brimming with archaeological and historical sites, the peninsula is shrouded in mystical legends. Stop off at stone circles and ring forts, then pause to embrace the sight of spectacular offshore islands. 

Along the route, pass empty beaches and traditional fishing harbours, and after all that activity, wind your way down narrow roads that lead you right to the door of some of the country’s finest eateries.

Sheep's Head

Sheep’s Head is tucked right into the south western corner of Ireland and is one of the most remote hiking spots on the Wild Atlantic Way, at a total circuit of 88km. 

This isolated ridge juts out 21km into the fierce Atlantic coast and showcases short and long loops offering wild scenery, picturesque loughs and trails that pass through deserted famine settlements, lush farmland and heathered fields.

Discover more scenic hikes in Ireland with walking routes along the Wild Atlantic Way. While on you're hike's why not check out some flora and fauna?