Ireland Walking & Hiking Tours

From misty green hills to the crooked streets of Dublin, Backroads’ Ireland walking tours will take you to the heart of the Emerald Isle. Enjoy hand-picked hiking routes through rain-dappled landscapes, relax at stately Premiere hotels and drink in local culture—along with a pint of Guinness—with our long-time friends at the neighborhood pub.  

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Ireland Easygoing Walking Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey - Cork, Killarney & Ancient Celtic Gems


Which Ireland trip is right for me?

We offer Ireland walking tours for all types of travelers. Our classic Ireland Walking & Hiking Tour highlights the very best of this unforgettable island, from off-the-beaten-path countryside trails to dramatic North Atlantic views. With three route options each day, this trip will suit casual ramblers and serious hikers alike, and you’ll love ending the day in style at our luxurious Premiere hotels.

Our easygoing Dolce Tempo tour is perfect for anyone who prefers to take it slow and savor their time in Ireland. Relaxed walking routes each day make the perfect complement to an immersive adventure on the Emerald Isle featuring fascinating history, heart-warming local connections and gracious hospitality.

For families, our Ireland Family Multi-Adventure offers the perfect mix of fun activities and fascinating local culture to discover this incredible country together. Bike quiet roads, hike hidden trails, sea kayak the North Atlantic and enjoy fun quality time with your loved ones.

Why go hiking in Ireland?

Ireland is an incredible destination for an active escape. Welcoming locals, idyllic landscapes and incredible trails await you, whether you’re discovering the Cliffs of Moher or strolling the streets of Dublin. Or change it up with a day of bike riding or a round of golf—the choice is yours!

What other destinations do you recommend?

In addition to our Ireland tours, we offer a variety of ways for travelers to explore the British Isles actively. Our Cotswolds Walking & Hiking Tour features the iconic landscapes of England’s pastoral hill country. Our Wales Walking & Hiking Tour will take you off the beaten path to the wild landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast, and our Scotland Walking & Hiking Tour will let you discover crumbling castles, colorful local culture and gorgeous Scottish countryside.

Further afield, our Iceland Walking & Hiking Tour and Iceland Multi-Adventure Tour feature dramatic green-hued landscapes, incredible trails and pleasantly chilly weather! For a quintessential European hiking adventure, our Camino de Santiago Walking & Hiking Tour will let you discover a gorgeous stretch of this 5,000-year-old pilgrimage route in Spain or Portugal. Or for a historically focused adventure on two feet, our Brittany & Normany Walking & Hiking Tour provides a fascinating insight into the history of America and Europe.

Why should I visit Ireland on a Backroads active tour?

We’ve been exploring the Emerald Isle for more than 20 years. In that time, we’ve made friends with locals who’ve shown us their favorite hiking trails, the best local pubs and the fascinating history of their home culture. On our trips, we leverage our relationships with locals like Mike Murphy to introduce our guests to the fun-loving, storytelling culture of Ireland. Together with our deep local knowledge, luxurious Premiere hotels and unforgettable daily activities, our local connections let you have the kind of immersive, authentic experience you just can’t find elsewhere.

Why travel with Backroads?

We’ve hosted exceptional active adventures around the world for more than 40 years. Our biking, hiking, multi-adventure and easygoing Dolce Tempo tours visit more than 55 countries and feature incredible Trip Leaders, thoughtfully planned itineraries, hand-picked hotels and multiple route options each day. With trips specifically designed for couples, friends and solos and families in three distinct age groups, an adventure with Backroads is the best way to get out, make new friends and build connections with your loved ones on an unforgettable trip together.

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