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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The normal, natural rhythm of walking will calm your mind after about ten minutes exercise.  This is the first—and most important—rule to walking.  If you can’t get out to exercise then walking in place at home will achieve the same effect.  The simple act of walking pacifies the mind by placing one foot in front of the other for an extended period of time.  So, to help you on your way, Trek Ireland will begin providing free GPS location data of scenic outdoor walking trails in Ireland.  Each trail was personally explored and recorded by me, Jake Mac Manus to encourage greater public familiarity with our natural environments.  My hope is that, by exploring these trails, you will reconnect back to nature—on which we rely so heavily for subsistence—and experience some peace and gratitude that so often comes from hiking or trail walking outdoors.