Hiking Walking Ireland or ‘HWI’ aims to provide extensive information of long distance hiking trails throughout Ireland which offer an unique and authentic experience to walkers looking for a hiking holiday in Ireland. They provide information for ‘off the beaten’ path type trails as they believe these trails provide walkers with a more authentic and unique hiking experience which can often be lost among the more popular/touristy hiking routes.
The Táin Way or ‘Slí Na Tana’, is a popular long distance hiking route, situated in the north-east of Ireland in County Louth, within Ireland’s Ancient East region. The walk completes a circuit of the Cooley Peninsula, starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Carlingford. The trail is 40km’s long and takes an average of 2 days to walk the full trail.
The Táin Way route is steeped in Irish mythology and folklore. The hiking trail is named after one of Ireland’s most famous sagas, “Táin Bó Cúailgne” (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), which involved the exploits of Cuchulain, the Ulster Warrior hero known as “The Hound of Ulster” and Queen Meave. The Táin Way follows a section of the entire march made by Queen Meave in the legendary Cattle Raid of Cooley.
The route takes in the majority of the Cooley peninsula offering a great mix of coastal, woodland and upland walking with stunning scenery across the beautiful Carlingford Lough.
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