Hiking Tour Grading, from easy to challenging

Hiking Tour Grading: Choose Your Adventure Level

When it comes to embarking on an unforgettable hiking adventure in Ireland, we understand that one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why at Walking Holiday Ireland, we’ve curated a selection of walking tours that cater to different experience levels, ensuring you can embrace the beauty of Ireland’s landscapes while staying safe and comfortable.

Our hiking tours are categorised into three grades: Easy, Moderate, and Challenging. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with these grades and assess your own capabilities and readiness before embarking on your journey.

Understanding Our Hiking Grades

Our grading system is meticulously designed, considering route length, gradient, distance, and technical factors. This ensures that you clearly understand what to expect on each tour, allowing you to make an informed decision that matches your preferences and abilities.

Easy Walking Holidays

For those seeking a leisurely yet immersive experience, our Easy walking holidays are the perfect choice. These tours typically involve walks of less than 5 hours per day, following paths and trails that are accessible to everyone. You’ll encounter gentle terrain without steep climbs or vertiginous mountains, often traversing coastal routes or hills.

This grade is particularly suitable for elderly individuals or families with children aged 6 and older. As you prepare for your Easy walking holiday, consider dedicating a few hours to weekend walks before departure. This preparation will enhance your enjoyment of the trip, allowing you to immerse yourself in the surroundings fully.

Moderate Walking Holidays

If you’re up for a slightly more challenging adventure, our Moderate walking holidays might be your ideal match. These tours typically consist of walks up to 7 hours daily, featuring paths and trails with ascents of up to 1000 meters daily. While some stages might take you to higher altitudes and involve steeper climbs, there are no technical difficulties to worry about. Distances usually average less than 20 km per day.

To maximise your Moderate hiking holiday, focus on maintaining reasonable fitness levels during the two months following your departure. Weekend walks of about 6 hours with some elevation gain or regular engagement in your preferred sporting activity will set you up for success.

Challenging Walking Holidays

Our Challenging walking holidays offer a thrilling experience for seasoned hikers and adventure enthusiasts. These tours present stages that can exceed 7 hours, featuring ascents of more than 1000 meters or distances longer than 20 km. You might encounter technical paths and steep climbs that demand a higher fitness level and previous hiking experience.

We recommend dedicating at least three months to rigorous preparation to conquer these challenging trails. This could involve weekend hikes with substantial elevation gain and sustained effort or engaging in intense fitness activities on a regular basis. Ensuring your fitness is at its peak in the weeks leading up to departure is essential for a successful, Challenging hiking holiday.

Plan, Prepare and Embrace the Adventure

As you embark on your chosen hiking adventure in Ireland, remember that your safety, comfort, and enjoyment are our top priorities. Choosing the right hiking grade and adequately preparing yourself will enable you to savour the stunning landscapes, connect with nature, and create cherished memories along the way. Explore our range of hiking tours, each carefully tailored to offer an unforgettable experience that aligns with your abilities and aspirations. Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery, self-discovery, and breathtaking beauty across Ireland’s diverse terrain.

Author: Walking Holiday Ireland

Cliff Waijenberg is a passionate hiker, nature enthusiast, and the proud founder and owner of Walking Holiday Ireland. Cliff has always been captivated by the Emerald Isle's breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural history. His love for the outdoors and genuine desire to share Ireland's hidden gems with travellers worldwide led him to establish Walking Holiday Ireland.