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5 Fantastic Family Friendly Loop Walks in Ireland

There are some fantastic family friendly loop walks in Ireland. There is nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than heading off as a family on one of these exciting and informative adventure treks. It is a great way to get the kids out into the fresh air and to expose them to the natural beauty and wildlife that Ireland has in abundance.

A holiday in Ireland wouldn't be complete without a good trek in the countryside and there is no better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and stunning surroundings than on one of Ireland’s many looped walks.

Loop walks start and finish in the same place. Ireland has a great selection of ones that last between 1 and 2 hours in length. This makes them an ideal choice for family walks. You can park your car in the happy knowledge that on the completion of you walk, your lift home will be there, ready and waiting! Or if you choose to stay in a Walkers Welcome B&B then you will be just a short distance away from your accommodation, as Walkers Welcome B&Bs are located close to the popular walking routes.

County Loop Walks

The start of the Templecronan Loop is located in Carran Village, Co Clare. The trail commences at Cassidy's Pub. The walk spans 5km and is graded as easy. The terrain consists of minor roads, sandy tracks and green lanes. The walk is well signed posted with arrows indicating your route.

Bianconi Loop is located in the Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary. The trail commences at the Christ the King Statue in the confines of the beautiful nature park. The walk is graded as easy and is 4km in length. The loop walk is marked with light blue arrows and will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. The terrain consists of forestry tracks and woodland trails.

Mangan’s Loop is located at Tinahely, Co Wicklow. The trail commences at Mangan’s Lane and is graded as a moderate walk. The are green arrows along the trail to indicate your route. There will be some hill-walking and the loop is about 5km in length. The terrain is varied and will take you along laneways, hillside tracks, forestry and roadways. The trek should take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Glengarrif Woods Loop in Glenagarriff, Co Cork commences at Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve. It is a moderate trek, so there will be some hill walking involved. The walk is 6km and should take about 2 hours to complete. The walk is well signposted and the terrain consists of forestry paths and woodland tracks.

Innisnee Loop is located in Inishnee, Co Galway and is graded as an easy walk. It commences in Inishlee which is located 2km from the village of Roundstone. The trek spans approximately 6km and should take about 2.5 hours to complete. The terrain consists of minor roadways and old laneways. The surrounding countryside scenery and landscapes are stunning.

Remember to always wear the correct attire if you are heading out on a trek. Proper walking shoes and appropriate clothing are important and remember to bring some fluids with you.  Bring a mobile phone with you, just in case.

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Posted: 05 Jul 2013 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

Tags: Walking, Walking B&Bs, Walking Trails

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