Family-Friendly Spring Hikes in Ireland

Find the perfect hike that the whole family can enjoy!
Decathlon Ireland
March 21, 2024
Ready to discover the magic of Ireland's landscapes with your loved ones by your side? With everything from the wild coastlines, the lush rolling hills and those winding trails through the countryside, there’s a bit of something for the whole family. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack some snacks, and set off on an adventure that the whole family will enjoy.

Take a peek at some of our favourite hikes suitable for the whole family. 

Dublin: Ticknock and Fairy Castle Loop

Nestled in South County Dublin, the Ticknock and Fairy Castle Loop in Three Rock Wood is a moderate trail that spans over 5km and can be completed in approximately 2 hours. One of the highlights of this hike is the stunning panoramic views it offers. As you reach the higher elevations of the Fairy Castle Loop, you're rewarded with breathtaking views of Dublin Bay contrasted against the rugged natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. 

Meath: Boyne Canal Walk

The Boyne Canal Walk, located in Duleek, Co. Meath is an excellent option for a leisurely 3.5 km stroll. The walk is a sensory delight, with the soft sounds of water and the chorus of bird calls creating a serene soundtrack to your stroll.

Wicklow: Glen Beach Cliff Walk

The Glen Beach Cliff Walk is a 6.3km trek that's pure magic, located just a stone's throw from Wicklow town. This trail offers a unique blend of natural beauty, serenity, and the invigorating presence of the sea.

Kerry: Torc Waterfall Trail

Situated in Killarney, the Torc Waterfall Trail covers 3.7km of picturesque terrain. Taking just over an hour to complete, this trail is steeped in Irish mythology, with Torc meaning "wild boar" in Irish. It's a magical experience, blending natural beauty with the myths and legends of Ireland's rich history.

Donegal: Lough Eske Nature Loop

Discover the Lough Eske Nature Loop near Donegal, an easy 5.6km route that takes an average of 90 minutes to complete. As you meander around the loop, you'll be treated to a showcase of Donegal's natural beauty. Expect to wander through a mix of dense woodland and open countryside, with stunning views of Lough Eske itself.

Sligo: Benbulben Forest Walk

The Benbulben Forest Walk is a 5.6-km loop trail in County Sligo that will take under 2 hours to complete. As you meander through the trail, you’ll be walking at the base of the majestic Benbulben mountain, a sight that never fails to impress.  The trail is well-marked, making it easy to follow, with some gentle inclines that add a bit of a challenge but nothing too strenuous.

But of course, you never quite know what you're going to get from Ireland in the spring – could be sun splitting the stones or it might chuck down rain. Better kit out the whole family in the right gear: 

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