The Irish Coast to Coast Walk
Dublin to Bray Head
By Paddy Dillon
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The guidebook describes walking the 370 mile waymarked route through Ireland from Dublin in the east to Bray Head in the southwest on the Atlantic coast. Created by linking the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, Munster Way, Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way. An opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle.
SeasonsWinter months not ideal – possible snow and muddy paths. Could rain at any time of year, but this is Ireland!
CentresDublin, Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Fermoy, Mallow, Killarney, Cahersiveen, Portmagee
DifficultyWaymarked. 24-day schedule suggested (average 16 miles/day). Alternative high-level routes for more challenging options.
Must SeeWicklow Mountains, Glendalough monastery, Killarney National Park, Ormonde Castle, The Lug Walk
The Coast to Coast route through Ireland, from Dublin to the Atlantic coast, passes through glorious mountain and river country, and offers an opportunity to discover the heart of the Emerald Isle. The walk links several waymarked routes – the Wicklow Way, South Leinster Way, East Munster Way, Blackwater Way and the Kerry Way. Whether you intend to split this route into sections and enjoy the walk over a period of time, or walk it in one go, the alternative high-level routes along the way enable you to make the adventure as challenging as you like.
The guide includes:
- the 387-mile route broken down into 24 day stages
- a description of alternative high-level routes
- a comprehensive introduction to walking a long-distance route in Ireland
- information on accommodation along the way.
Coast to Coast Geology
Irish Flowers and Animals
Access to the Countryside
Travel to Ireland
Getting around Ireland
Food and Drink
Tourist Information Offices
When to Walk
One Man and his Dog
Stage 1: The Wicklow Way
Day 1 Dublin to Marlay Park
Day 2 Marlay Park to Knockree
Day 3 Knockree to Laragh
Day 4 Laragh to Glenmalure
Day 5 Glenmalure to Tinahely
Day 6 Tinahely to Clonegal
Stage 2: The South Leinster Way
Day 7 Clonegal to Borris
Day 8 Borris to Inistioge
Day 9 Inistioge to Mullinavat
Day 10 Mullinavat to Carrick-on-Suir
Stage 3: The East Munster Way
Day 11 Carrick-on-Suir to Clonmel
Day 12 Clonmel to Newcastle
Day 13 Newcastle to Clogheen
Stage 4: The Blackwater (Avondhu) Way
Day 14 Clogheen to Araglin
Day 15 Araglin to Fermoy
Day 16 Fermoy to Killavullen
Day 17 Killavullen to Bweeng
Stage 5: The Blackwater (Duhallow) Way
Day 18 Bweeng to Millstreet
Day 19 Millstreet to Shrone
Day 20 Shrone to Muckross
Stage 6: The Kerry Way
Day 21 Muckross to Black Valley
Day 22 Black Valley to Glenbeigh
Day 23 Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen
Day 24 Cahersiveen to Portmagee
High-level Alternative Routes
Days 3-5 The Lug Walk
Days 7-8 Blackstairs Mountains
Days 11-12 Comeragh Mountains
Days 13-14 Knockmealdown Mountains
Days 19-20 Derrynasaggart Mountains
Days 22 MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
Days 22-23 Coomasaharn Horseshoe
Appendix A Glossary of Common Irish Words
Appendix B Irish Coast to Coast Walk Accommodation List
Appendix C Route Summary Table
OS of Ireland. Discovery Series 1:50,000, sheets: 50, 56, 61, 62, 68, 70, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81 and 83
OSI Dublin Street Map
Harveys Maps 1:30,000 Wicklow Mountains
OS 1:25,000 Killarney National Park and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
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'This is the second edition of Paddy’s fascinating walk across Ireland from Dublin to Bray Head on the south west coast. The guide has been fully updated and now has coloured photographs. The route links up a number of Ireland’s long distance paths, namely the Wicklow Way, the South Leinster Way, the Munster Way, the Avondhy Way and the Kerry Way and the guide has been written in a way that allows you to break up the 370-miles into 21 daily stages. He has also included alternate high-level routes, along the way, which presents the walker with the opportunity of making the adventure as challenging as you want.
The guide has a comprehensive introduction, which includes information about geology, flora and fauna, travel advice, map coverage, accommodation plus other useful details. The book is dedicated to J B Malone, who was often referred to as the ‘Walking Encyclopaedia’. He was also the pioneer of the Wicklow Way. Between 1938 and 1975 he contributed numerous articles on walking to the Evening Herald newspaper.
The walk starts from O’Connell Bridge in Dublin. Gaze down at the water of the fast flowing River Liffey that flows below and think of, nay savour, that glass of Guinness you drink before setting off on this long walk across Ireland. It may well be the first of many. LDWA members may feel at home on this walk as the waymarks used ‘almost universally’ bear a ‘walking man’ symbol. The author does warn you however that waymarking is sparse in some areas and at some crucial junctions a marker post or signpost has gone missing, or has been turned round the wrong way. So beware.'
(J Goulding, Strider 2005)
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.