In my last blog post, I took you on a one day adventure in Nassau in the Bahamas and so I thought for my next, I’d bring you guys right back home to Ireland. Summer is here and while it is raining quite heavily today, I just love getting out for a little adventure on the weekends during those brighter months. Being from the Leinster area, most of the walks I do are around the East of Ireland. If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go on your next Saturday or Sunday outing, then look no further. Here are 5 must do walks in Leinster!
1. Bray to Greystones Coastal Cliff Walk – Wicklow
Time: Approx 1.5 – 2 hours
The Bray to Greystones Coastal Cliff Walk has got to be my favourite walk. I adore it and have done it many times now. This incredible walk takes you on a linear route from Bray to Greystones and it is just gorgeous. Anyone who has followed me a long time, will know that I am obsessed with the ocean and I adore this walk because it just offers the most spectacular views of the Irish Sea. On a clear day, the colour of the water will just WOW you. Its stunning.
While a challenging walk in parts with steep inclines and also uneven footing, the walk is ok for anyone with moderate fitness levels and you can take as long as you need, you’ll stop to admire the views a million times anyway believe me! 😀 The route does get busy which is the only downside but if you go early in the morning, or later in the evening you can avoid the crowds. I would also say the route is suitable for families with older kids and I would not consider it ok for buggies.
2. Donadea Forest Park – Kildare
Length: Varied with longest route being 5km
Time: Approx 2 hours for the 5km route (Aylmar Route)
Donadea Forest Park is located in North Kildare, near to Clane and it is a really gorgeous woodland which stretches approximately 243 hectares. Home to a castle, walled gardens, a church, lake and a boat house, the estate and woodlands is a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon. What I noticed when I visited Donadea Forest Park was the abundance of families enjoying the grounds and green areas. There is so much space for kiddies to run around and play. When we visited however, we did so with the intention of doing the 5km Alymer Route walk through the woodlands and it was beautiful. The walk brought us through dense forest and for about 85% of our walk, there wasn’t a sinner to be seen other than ourselves. It was very peaceful and secluded and oh so lovely. I just love being around trees – that sounds weird but they make me feel calm! The walk was mostly flat and suitable for families or buggies. The one thing I would mention however is that there is a €5 entrance fee on the gate on the way in and you need coins to pay.
3. Emo Court – Laois
Time: Approx 40 minutes
Emo Court is a wonderful hidden gem nestled in the midlands in Co. Laois. Built in 1790 for the Earl of Portarlington, Emo Court is a neo-classical mansion home that sits on stunning parklands and grounds. With forests, meadows and a gorgeous lake trail, Emo Court is just a little piece of heaven. It is not a walk that is hardcore or long, in fact a full loop will take you under an hour to complete, but it is a walk that will leave you feeling happy on completion. It has also just been announced that tours of the house are set to begin which is very exciting! I’ve been to Emo Court hundreds of times and have never been inside the house so I can’t wait to do a tour!
4. Moore Abbey Woods – Kildare
Time: Approx 40 minutes
Moore Abbey Woods is another hidden gem and possibly one of the most stunning parklands you can visit if you’re in the Kildare region. Just a short 5-10 minute drive from Kildare Village, Moore Abbey Woods in Monasterevin sits atop of Kill Hill and as a result does have big inclines and declines but it is so worth the panting! Its a beautiful, peaceful walk and if you go in the Spring, its even better as millions of bluebells line the floor of the woods and it is just magic!
5. Old Bawn Beach – Wexford
Time: Depends on the weather and solidity of the sand
Part of me does not want to share this beautiful walk with you as I often have it to myself but sharing is caring so here goes! 🙂 If you love a coastal, beach walk, look no further than Old Bawn Beach in Co. Wexford. This incredible beach sits between Courtown and Kilmickridge and it is such a hidden gem. You do have to climb over a dune to get to the beach and does kill you at times, but it is worth it. Old Bawn Beach streches for 3km and its so gorgeous. It overlooks the Irish Sea and it is very rural and so peaceful. Do it, you’ll thank me.
My resolution for this summer is to do more and more walks around our beautiful country and I am trying to decide what to do next! If you have a favourite Irish walk, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂