Hiking Through the Emerald Isle: The Best Backpacking Destinations

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When thinking about where to camp this summer, look no further than the beautiful Emerald Isle. Ireland is surrounded by rugged coastlines, ruined forts and endless countryside – making it the perfect place to pitch up for your adventure holiday. With an array of camping and hiking spots putting tourists in the heart of nature, Ireland guarantees a trip to remember.

In today’s post, the adventure holiday specialists from Wilderness Ireland will guide you through the best backpacking destinations in Ireland – making sure you’re in the know before you plan your next trip.

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1. Wicklow Mountains

Spanning the entire distance of Wicklow on the east coast, the Wicklow Mountains National Park is covered in natural heath – and with mountain roads leading to tiny streams, you’re guaranteed breathtaking views. The deep and enigmatic lakes in the valleys are something to be admired – and you’re free to camp with no fee in most of the valleys.

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2. Beara Peninsula

The Beara Peninsula (main image) is a beautiful and remote place – and with narrow roads and little tourism, it’s a picture perfect destination on the southwest coast of Ireland. It features the biggest white fishing port in Ireland, meaning fish is guaranteed to be on the menu wherever you eat. Visit one of the many local pubs before following on a self-guided walking route, such as Beara Way.

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