We want to walk and hike in Ireland, and have found that hiking is generally called hill-walking. After browsing a link that Ciaran (pronounced Keeran) sent after our “cultural orientation,” it sounds awesome! Ireland is filled with “waymarked walking trails,” paths & roads through public and private land that are marked for hikers. Some go through several counties, some are short with different starts and finishes, and some are loop trails. There are guides for difficulty level, length, how much elevation, etc., so you know what you’re getting into. And if you follow one trail along over several days, there are usually youth hostels or bed & breakfasts to stay in on the way.
So maybe I didn’t manage the mini-marathon, but I’m really looking forward to this. Here’s a map showing the trails (if you click on it you’ll get the big version). And check out the link to the “Waymarked Ways of Ireland.”