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walking/hiking books for Ireland

Folks, Can anyone recommend a good hiking/walking book for rural Ireland? Of course Rick's Ireland book is a must-have, but I'm looking for something more geared to hikers or walkers than a standard guidebook covers. The Lonely Planet has two, but they've gotten mixed reviews. Thanks! Tara

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Just wanted to boost your post. I don't know of any books specifically but have you considered calling the national parks? I thought I saw something in Killarney's gift shop but.... Perhaps one of the many bookstores in Ireland could give you ideas.

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I don't know which publisher specializes in Ireland, but I've noticed that if you go to a book shop in most European countries, you can usually find hiking guides for the local area. If you're passing through Dublin, you can try here.

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Kevin Cochran has authored a few books on hiking and walking Ireland. "Kerry Walks" is one. If you use Amazon or Amazon UK you'll find it and others. He's a native and I found his book both informative and invaluable.

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I've used the Lonely Planet Walking Ireland book and thought it provided some good hiking information. Not sure if you're just looking for day hikes or something a bit more ambitious but the company Rucksack Readers offers several hiking books for Ireland covering the Wicklow Way, Dingle Way and Kerry Way (if you just wanted to do day hikes in areas covered by these you could just pick portions out of the books). These books have good directions and fairly good maps. I also found the website below very helpful for hikes in Ireland. I simply picked out a couple of loop hikes and printed the directions and brought them with me: You may also try they are an Irish organization that volunteers for trail maintenance. They might have links on their site to spots with more info, or if you email them with an location, be able to suggest some hikes in the area. Good luck (I loved hiking in Ireland, hope you find something that works for you!)

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We have organised guided and independent walking tours along the west coast of Ireland for the past 17 years. We also do day walks in Kerry and offer climbs of Carrauntoohil - Ireland's highest mountain. The notes have for our independent walking tours on the Dingle Way and Kerry Way have been compiled by Sean O Suilleabhain, author of Walk Guide - Southwest of Ireland (currently out of print). Sean is a director of Go Visit Ireland ( and personally devised our guided itineraries as well. As metnioned in a previous post Discover Ireland offers a great ion of maps for day walks as well. There are a great ion of coastal and National Park walks to choose from in Ireland. Happy Walking. Grainne

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Just wanted to add that Ordnance Survey Ireland makes great maps, including some you'd probably find useful for hiking/walking called the "Discovery Series." I've used their driving maps for several trips, and I have a couple of Discovery Series maps as well.