Hiking Tips For Beginners

 

Hiking is an incredibly rewarding activity that allows you to explore places in nature while enjoying numerous health benefits. If you are new to hiking, here are some tips and tricks to help you get started:

  1. Explore the places in nature that interest you. Hiking offers many different trails with a variety of scenery to explore. Check out our suggestions below which covers the entire country. Take the time to research and choose a trail that is easy to walk, with gradual inclines and descents.
  2. Take your time. Hiking is a great way to get in touch with your surroundings and to sense accomplishment. Don't try to do too much at once and take it easy at the beginning. When you're more comfortable, increase your speed and elevation.
  3. Stay hydrated. Hiking can be dehydrating, especially if you are doing strenuous hikes. Bring plenty of water and if you are planning to get water from fresh-water wells along the journey, use water purification tablets or droplets to reduce the chance of becoming ill.
  4. Take breaks. Hiking can be a challenging activity, but it is also one that offers many health benefits. If you are feeling tired, take a break and enjoy some fresh air.
  5. Dress Appropriately. Make sure to bring enough water, snacks, sunscreen, and hiking gear. When hiking and the weather is unpredictable, bring waterproof shoes or boots, a waterproof jacket and pants/trousers, as well as a hat and sunscreen.
  6. Be aware of your surroundings. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife and hikers who may be in need of assistance. Also, ensure to leave no trace while out hiking. Put any trash into a carry bag and dump it in the nearest bin. Although tempting, don't feed the animals as human food is unhealthy for animals.
  7. Bring a buddy. Hiking is a great way to spend some time with your friends and get a workout at the same time.
  8. First-aid kit. A compact first-aid kit is also a must, just in case any minor accidents happen along the way. Cuts and scrapes are likely especially when climbing is involved or walking through longer brush. Blisters can happen especially when walking long distances.
  9. Light. You will require some light along your trail especially if it takes you longer than expected. A flashlight or Portwest Beanie Hats are a great option because they have an inbuilt led light and it saves taking up room in your backpack.
  10. Insects: Bring along bug spray and sting relief for your journey. Also, ensure to check for ticks at the end of your journey and remove them immediately. Removing ticks is easier by using a dedicated tick tool which helps remove the entire tick.

Hiking can be a great way to get your blood flowing. If you are looking to add some physical activity to your week, hiking is a great way to do it. The physical activity required to hike will help your overall sense of well-being.

Here are some Hiking Trails that we would recommend that are spread throughout Ireland.

Hikes in Leinster

So here are our best hikes to climb in Leinster:

👉🏼 Sugarloaf, Co. Dublin

👉🏼 Ticknock, Co. Dublin

👉🏼 Howth Cliff Walk, Howth Head, Co Dublin

👉🏼 Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

👉🏼 Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk, Co Wicklow

👉🏼 The Barrow Way, Co. Kilkenny

👉🏼 Slieve Foye Loop, Co. Louth

 

Hikes in Ulster

So here are our best hikes to climb in Ulster:

👉🏼 Giant's Gate and Causeway Coast Circular, Co. Antrim.

👉🏼 Glenariff Scenic Trail, Cargan, Co. Antrim

👉🏼 Slieve Binnian Summit, Mourne Mountains Co. Down.

👉🏼 Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Boardwalk, Cuilcagh Mountain Park, Co. Fermanagh.

👉🏼 Sliabh Beagh, Sheskin, Co. Monaghan.

👉🏼 Arranmore Way, Co. Donegal.

 

Hikes in Munster:

👉🏼 The Gap of Dunlow, Co. Kerry

👉🏼 Carrauntoohil, Co. Kerry

👉🏼 Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary.

👉🏼 The Galtees, Co. Tipperary and Co. Limerick

👉🏼 The Beara Way, Co. Cork

👉🏼 Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry

👉🏼 Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk, Co. Clare

👉🏼 Canon Sheehan Loop, Co. Limerick

👉🏼 Loop from Rathgormack, Co. Waterford

 

Hikes in Connacht:

👉🏼 Erris Head, Glenlara, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.

👉🏼 Croagh Patrick, Westport, Co. Mayo.

👉🏼 Benbulben Forest Loop, Carney, Co. Sligo.

👉🏼 Queen Maeve's Trail, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

👉🏼 Glencar Waterfail Trail, Glencar, Co. Leitrim

👉🏼 Diamond Hill, Letterfrack, Co. Galway.