When it comes to spectacular landscapes and places to walk in the British Isles, you’re spoiled for choice. But as well as the big-name attractions (like Snowdon and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way) which attract millions of visitors each year, there are countless undiscovered gems out there waiting to be discovered.
The wild west coast of Wales and the ancient east coast of Ireland are classic examples. Despite being separated by a thin stretch of the Irish Sea, both locations offer their own unique set of treasures on a series of walks known as the Celtic Routes. For the Celts, every mountain, river, tree and stone was imbued with a natural spirit. They lived in harmony with these spirits and created a way of life that goes with the natural grain.
Today you too can follow these Celtic Routes, taking roads less travelled to lands that still follow the pulse of the changing seasons. You’ll discover ancient crosses, castaway chapels and sacred stones. You’ll explore untamed landscapes that inspire everyday adventures, and find colourful villages where people have time for you and for each other.
Each of the Celtic Routes takes you closer to the coast and countryside, the people, and the places that shaped a rich culture still shared by two countries. A culture that has always valued a warm welcome for travellers and a fond farewell for new-found friends.
What are Celtic Routes?
They’re immersive and authentic, helping you sense the spirit of each landscape
They involve land, sea and nature, allowing you to connect with your surroundings through natural assets that have endured through the ages.
They mix history and Legend, telling tales of the past to enhance your understanding of where you’re walking today
They connect Wales and Ireland, both through their sense of history and by showcasing the many similarities between these two great countries
6 of the best Celtic Routes
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokeshire
Twisting and turning for 186 miles from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the PCP covers almost every kind of coastal landscape.
Lough Tay, Wicklow
This is one of the most iconic – and most photographed – locations in Ireland. In the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, at the bottom of a spectacular glaciated valley, the lake curiously resembles a pint of Guinness.
Pumlumon, meaning ‘Five Peaks’, is a ridge of peaks in the Cambrian Mountains, the highest of which is Pen Pumlumon Fawr at 752m. Many people consider it the jewel in Wales’ crown.
Waterford Greenway, County Waterford
The former Waterford City to Dungarvan railway line has been transformed into a 46km off-road cycling and walking trail. This route will take you across no fewer than 11 bridges, 3 viaducts and through a 400 metre-long tunnel.
Llyn y Fan Fach, Brecon Beacons
You’ll find this enchanting glacial lake at the western end of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford
Set in 40 acres of atmospheric woodland just outside Wexford town, the Irish National Heritage Park provides a unique opportunity to experience over 9,000 years of Irish history.
Start discovering the Celtic Spirit at www.celticroutes.info