Dust off your walking boots – it’s time to get out and about this May. We’ve put together a selection of the best walking festivals happening around Ireland this May. It’s a no-brainer... you get a bit of fresh air, some exercise and it’s an excuse to check out some of Ireland’s best looking scenery.

Slieve Bloom Walking Festival: 3rd - 6th May 2013
You too can walk in the footsteps of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, where thousands of years of magic and mystery are interwoven across a land as unspoiled as it is rich in archaeology, history, tradition and culture.  Read more.

Ballyhoura International Walking Festival: 3rd - 6th May 2013
The Ballyhoura International Walking Festival takes place every May Bank Holiday weekend. Take in the breath-taking walks on the Ballyhoura and Galtee Mountains, or any of the special interest walks in the local area. Read more.

Cong Lakes Walking Weekend: 3rd - 6th May 2013
Cong Lakes Walking Weekend is a May bank holiday 3-night guided walking break. Three days of easy to moderate walking in and around the picturesque south Mayo village of Cong, with full-board B&B accommodation. Read more.


Dungloe Walking Weekend: 3rd - 6th May 2013
The 3rd Dungloe Walking Weekend, with walks to suit everybody from quiet country roads, to a walk on Errigal Mountain, or one on Arranmore Island. All the walks are fun and allow you to see some of the most scenic areas in Ireland. Read more.

Sligo Walking Festival: 4th - 6th May 2013
The annual South Sligo Walking Festival will take place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend and will consist of 3 guided walks each day. The short walk will suit those who prefer a leisurely pace (country lanes/lakeside walks) while the medium (hill walk) and long (mountain walk) will be more challenging. Read more.

Inishbofin Walking Festival: 25th - 27th May 2013
Following last year's hugely successful event, Inishbofin Island is excited to host yet another walking festival. When you visit Inishbofin Island you can avail of the island's three looped walks, you will experience the Atlantic and walk along the Western Coast of Europe. Read more.

Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival: 31st May - 3rd June 2013
The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival is a 3 day festival of 10 guided walks over the June Bank Holiday weekend on the Galtees and Slievenamuck Hills. The festival Base is at Moroney's Bar in Lisvarrinane Village for registration. Read more.