In an ideal world, walkers would have the right to roam—or the right of public access—on all lands except active farmland, fields of planted crops, railways, airfields, harbours, mining quarries, or in the immediate vicinity (approx.150 meters) of private gardens, houses, and homes.  The right to roam allows unfettered public access across low value, uncultivated land, based on responsible activities such as refraining from harming or disturbing animals, wildlife, or the environment, littering, or trespassing on private property. 

Right to Roam

The right to roam is based on ‘Everyman’s right’ allowing access to uncultivated open countryside without seeking the land owner’s permission.  These areas can include mountain plains, coastal foreshore, bogs, forests, lakes, rivers and canal banks, cliff paths and, of course, anywhere within Ireland’s six National Parks, listed below:

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