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wicklore
2011-08-10 22:01:54
There IS an Irish Appalachian Trail!
(from Failte Ireland): Ireland will be included in the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) – an extension of the world renowned and globally popular walking route, the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine and welcomes an estimate 2.5million hikers each year.
The proposed link will see the Irish section of the international trail start at the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League in County Donegal and extend to the stunning Antrim coast, finishing in Ballycastle.
It is proposed that the new section will utilise existing trails in south Donegal eastwards from Slieve League (Bealach Na Gaeltachta – Slí Colmcille, Bluestacks Way etc) and would then continue into Northern Ireland.
Organisers hope to link the IAT to all terrains that were once the Appalachian Mountains of Pangaea which includes Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway and Greenland as these regions share a common geological heritage.
It is anticipated that such a link, based on a shared geology, would promote greater tourism and education opportunities between these regions and also serve to promote the fantastic walking opportunities that exist in each country.
Ciara Scully from the Destination Development Division at Fáilte Ireland said -
“We are delighted to support the extension of the IAT to Ireland. It will help position Ireland in the USA and Canada as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to position particularly Donegal & Northern Ireland with a cross-border walking trail.” 
Ms Scully continued -
“Research carried out by Fáilte Ireland into the potential of walking for tourism shows walking as the most popular activity to attract visitors to Ireland over the next five years. 
“Over the past four years, Fáilte Ireland has invested €10 million in upgrading linear walking routes as well as supporting the development of 250 fully off road looped walks in scenic areas.  We will continue to invest in the infrastructure required to position Ireland as a world class destination for walkers.”
Some stats about walking –
Walking represents one of Ireland’s top activities and was enjoyed by almost 1.9m visitors in 2009.
Walking is extremely popular with both domestic holidaymakers (over 860,000 people) and overseas visitors (up to 830,000) enjoying the wide range of walking facilities around the country during the same period.


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High tour of Clare Island
simon3 14 hours ago.
walk, Len: 15.0km, Climb: 622m, Area: Knocknaveen, Achill/Corraun (Ireland) Kno...

  
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Glencullin ridge to Ben Bury/Mweelrea
markwallace a day ago.
This route was suggested by the Grade 1 scramble up the Glencullin Ridge described in Alan Tees? Scrambles in Ulster ... walk, Len: 16.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Ben Bury, Mweelrea Mountains (Ireland)

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot a day ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot a day ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot a day ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
Summit Comment
The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV 4 days ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...

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Dart & Sawel
Peter Walker 2 days ago.
(Note: the time is bonkers, and the ascent isn't right either, but hey, at least the distance is correct. And it ende... walk, Len: 16.3km, Climb: 635m, Area: Dart Mountain, Sperrin Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh: A mini horseshoe
TommyV 4 days ago.
I mostly followed Aidands directions. There is now a sign on the road marking the path for the Dulhallow Way at beside the bungalow mentioned by Aidand, and several more going through the private ...

  
Summit Comment
Musheramore: Follow the fence.
TommyV 4 days ago.
As mentioned in other comments the entrance to the Millstreet County Park is an ideal spot to approach Musheramore from. Over the stile across the road and simply hand rail the fence all the way t...

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MV Members Walk - Mournes, 06/04/2019
Peter Walker 3 days ago.
A fun time was had by all as we went up Donard by Thomas' Mountain, dropped down to the Brandy Pad before meandering ... walk, Len: 13.7km, Climb: 1191m, Area: Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains (Irelan

  
Summit Comment
Knockchree: A nice forest trail takes you up
Pepe 6 days ago.
Various scraps of metal litter the summit area: an old mast stay, plus various other bits and pieces. Perhaps they're the remnants of comms masts or maybe an old military watch station from back i...

  
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Scarr North-West Top: Bird's eye view
Colin Murphy 6 days ago.
The descent from Scarr NW affords fine views of the Glenmacnass Waterfall and the expansive valley below it, far better than you'll get when you're at road level.


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