Here’s how and where you can take a stroll on pavement, tarmac and stone throughout Ireland. Now updated with readers’ finds!

We’ve updated our guide to the best paved walks in the country to include some new readers’ finds.

Our new guide will kick off with your suggestions, before going into our favourites…

Readers’ Finds

We love a good paved walk. While Ireland has no shortage of natural beauty, that comes at a cost. And that cost is rain…with mud as an additional interest payment.

That’s why paved walks are the perfect compromise: they can be enjoyed in just about all weather, while also weaving through some of the natural beauty spots this country has to offer. (We’d still recommend a raincoat though.)

For our new and improved Paved Walks story, we asked you, the readers for your recommendations. Thank you all so much for contributing to this Facebook conversation. This list is a lovely reflection of our engaged, passionate and knowledgeable readers.

Carlingford Greenway, Louth

This gorgeous project is the result of old resources (the railway) and much older ones (Louth’s spectacular land) combining to create something special.

The walkway takes in stunning views of both the East Coast and Carlingford Lough. With five separate entry points, you can join wherever you want and go on as long or as short a jaunt as you’d like: it’s perfect for any level of fitness. As an added bonus, there are beautiful mountains to behold, including the mountains of Mourne and Slieve Foy

This recommendation comes courtesy of Ambrose Mc Dermott from Dundalk, who also supplied the lovely photograph.

Grand Canal, Tullamore to Shannon, Offaly

This fabulous walk was brought to our attention by Paddy Costello, who praised “All the old castles and bridges across the canals and the peace and quiet two days of walking in the summer…beautiful place to be.”

We couldn’t agree more. Like the Carilngford Greenway, the Grand Canal has a rich history: initial construction dates back to the 18th Century and it stretches across 114 kilometres. Paddy is specifically referring to the Offaly stretch, which is marvellous – taking in bog, villages and plants and animals that you don’t see everywhere else. Say hi to the swans for us!

Waterford Greenway

Alan O’Neill named the Waterford Greenway as one to try. This is another former rail trail and is built on the former Mallow/Waterford railway line. Trains still run alongside some of it.

Also known as Déise Greenway, it’s very popular with cyclists of all ages. (Families flock to this place.) The route of Waterford to Dungarvan is especially beloved, because it culminates in Clonea Beach, a scenic and photogenic corner of the world.

It’s a long cycle or walk, which would take roughly two hours if you’re on the bike. But we’d recommend taking your time, allowing the opportunity to breathe in fresh air and check out those magical places where sea meets the sky.

Newcastle West, Castle Demesne, Limerick

Liam O’Dwyer calls this a “beautiful amenity in the middle of the town” and indeed, it’s a super resource for visitors and residents. Situated in Newcastle, Limerick, this is over 100 acres of parkland that’s accessible to all. Expect to see plenty of families and more than a few adorable dogs!

We especially love the tree-canopied walkways, which provide shade in the summer and (some) shelter in the winter. Like the best paved walkways, this is very buggy-friendly. And, once you’ve had your fill of walking, there are several sporting facilities onsite. Bring a hurley!

Battlebridge Loop, County Leitrim

Maura Murphy recommends taking this walk “all alongside the canal and ending in a very scenic boardwalk across Acres Lake”.

This is a perfect location if you like a leisurely journey (on bike or on foot) alongside some lovely waterways. The floating boardwalk is both a feat of engineering and a charming structure. And, if you’re up for it, Acres Lake is a popular boating and canoeing spot. The waters are very calm –  no white water rafting here!

South Wall, Dublin Port

This one was recommended by Cormac Sheehan and is the most urban walk on this list. The beauty of the South Wall walk is that it’s incredibly accessible from Dublin City Centre – you may not even need a car.

The looped walk goes towards the iconic Poolbeg Lighthouse, before returning to the city.

The views here are gorgeous, and fun to check out if you’re familiar with the city. There’s Dún Laoghaire and Killiney Head, and then in the distance, the Dublin mountains. Cast your eyes to the port and you’ll see ships, boats and maybe even cruise ships. An invigorating walk.

OSi Recommendations

Here are some of our favourite (mostly) paved walks throughout Ireland…

Malahide-Portmarnock Coastal Walk, Dublin

This island has – unsurprisingly – an embarrassment of lovely sea walks. But only a small handful are as lovingly paved as this one. This walk offers beautiful coastal views: You can see Howth and Lambay Island from here.

The paths are broad enough to accommodate large groups (or a buggy!) and there are several access points to the beach.

Ardgillan Castle Walk, Balbriggan, Dublin

Many of Ireland’s best paved walks are in the shadow or grounds of old monuments, especially castles. This one has 8 paved kilometres to traverse, near the sea (again) but this time, you’ll also be travelling through forests and garden areas.

This place is also pretty good for fans of pretty vistas: it’s elevated, giving you a nice view of the local lighthouse, Mourne mountains and more.

Castletown House, Kildare

Again, with the castle grounds! While many of the grounds’ 550 acres are gloriously green, there’s more than enough pavement trailing around this gorgeous land. Streams, a lake, wildflower meadows, woods and manicured gardens populate this paved walk that touches the River Liffey from the Meath end. And, you might have heard, the spectacular central building is worth a gander too.

Derrynane Costal Circuit, Ivearagh Peninsula, Kerry

Technically this walk combines pavement and gravel, but we think it warrants a mention. This incredibly scenic, 8-kilometre looped walk covers much of Derrnane National Park. The history buffs among you might know that it holds the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, which is now a museum. As for the walk, it’s a relatively easy journey with a satisfying, varied smorgasbord of views – including beaches, mountains and some islands. Along the way, there’s a fairy garden, café and even South American plants.

Lower Diamond Hill Walk, Letterfrack, Galway

This is one of the more rustic and remote walks on the list, but that’s part of its magic. We would file this under “mostly” paved, as some parts of it are covered in wooden boards and gravel paths. Still, if you want to walk an Irish hill and greatly reduce the chance of getting your feet wet, this is where to do it. And, with coastline, loughs and mountains, you are crossing through some truly dramatic and spectacular terrain.

Lough Key Forest, Boyle, Roscommon

This place is a gem for walkers and cyclists of all levels. There are several options, for all ages and abilities (yes, you can bring little ones or dogs). And much of it is immaculately paved. The cycling trails deserve a mention. Cycle paths like this should be everywhere; 8 kilometres, free of anything with a motor. It’s a perfect place for anyone who’s just getting used to their bike, so expect to see lots of little ones on bikes and trikes, along with parents who are ferrying even smaller kids.

Carrigaline-to-Crosshaven Greenway, Cork

Walking on repurposed rail tracks, this walkway (also used by cyclists), brings you along waterways through forests and eventually to the beautiful, impressive harbour of Crosshaven. As well as being a lovely, leafy walk, it’s a great place for bird watching, and you might well see some herons searching for dinner at low tide. History buffs, meanwhile, might be interested to know that this region was a train line at the start of the last century and (rumour has it!) a port of call for Sir Francis Drake.

OSi- Paving a path

If you need a map for any of these places, remember that OSI has lovingly and meticulously mapped every corner of this gorgeous land.

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