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Irish Coastal WalksIrish Coastal Walks Ireland is a small country, but its coastline measures around 3500 miles (5600km). The western seaboard is incredibly convoluted, breaking into fine headlands and a spread of islands. While many parts of Ireland's coastline are well known, such as the Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher, few have heard of the Wexford Coastal Path, the Sheep's Head or Inishturk. This guide covers over fifty coastal walks around Ireland, taking in broad beaches, towering cliffs, battered headlands and a score of lovely islands. There is a huge amount of variety, astounding scenery, plenty of history and heritage, with a good system of transport, accommodation and other services. In sunshine or storm, many of these coastal walks exhibit a raw, rare beauty. The walks are of course all coastal. However, they are also remarkably varied and represent a good selection of routes which include cliffs and rocky headlands, marshes, dunes and estuaries, with plenty of wilderness and little industry. The classic coastal names are there: Bray Head, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway. A spread of fascinating islands includes the Aran Islands, Clare Island, Achill Island, Tory Island and Rathlin. Walk Ireland.

Walking in IrelandWalking in Ireland (Lonely Planet Walking Guides S.) Walking is probably the fastest mode of transport in some parts of Ireland and certainly the best way to experience the wide variety of scenery. Whether you are interested in a long distance multi-day hike or just a day trip from the car, this well-researched guide will help you enjoy some of the best. It includes route descriptions over all regions of the Republic and Northern Ireland, and covers most types of terrain, from mountains, peat bogs and Europe's highest sea cliffs to deserted beaches (for bathing sore feet) and remote islands inhabited mainly by seabirds. Each walk is charted on a 1:100,000 map with 50m contour interval, which may be adequate for some walkers without additional maps. While stopping for breath you can read about the geological processes that have created your spectacular view, as well as about local archaeology, social history, flora and fauna. At the end of the day, advice on (limited) public transport and cheap accommodation will help walkers get to the pub faster. For those in need of companionship, there is even information on participating in frequent walking festivals. On the downside, some stretches are on roads, many walks are not circular and the book does not suggest sheltered sightseeing alternatives to cover the likely event of bad weather. Yet, overall, Walking in Ireland is highly recommended. Walk Ireland.

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