Image of Slea Head on The Dingle Way, Slí Chorca Dhuibhne

An Article by Claire Concannon from Evoke – 28th July 2021 – Read Article

There are plenty of beautiful hikes around Ireland, but only some have that slight edge to be named as one of the most beautiful trails in the world.

Kerry’s Dingle Way, far less known than the popular Wild Atlantic Way, is a remote 162km long-distance route around the Dingle Peninsula, and it has now been ranked among some of the world’s best.

The trail along the southwest coast of Ireland has been named as 34th in the world for being the most photographed trail with 96 photos per mile, according to Instagram data.


Fashion and lifestyle specialists Zalando conducted the research which saw them analyse five million Instagram hashtags from hikes all over the world and narrow them down to the most popular.

Speaking about the research, a spokesperson for Zalando said: ‘As people look to reconnect with the Great Outdoors following months spent at home, walking holidays are set to be the choice of getaway for many this year.’

This year has seen spikes in online searches for ‘best hikes’, with up to 89pc the number of searches when compared with 2019.

The Slea head drive on The Dingle Way

The spokesperson added: ‘As Ireland’s most photogenic hiking trail, the Dingle Way offers a diversity of landscapes, from awe-inspiring mountains to glistening waves.’

The trail follows a circular route that starts in Tralee, stops off in a few towns here and there, and ends up back in Tralee. As it is one of the more remote trails in Ireland, there usually isn’t the crowds you will find at other popular hiking spots.

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