Ireland Longest Bike Route Greenway Hike

There's a reason Ireland is known as 'the Emerald Isle'; famous for its lush green plains and rolling hills, the northern nation is a haven for anyone looking to savor a slice of the quiet peaceful outdoors life. And while Ireland already has more than its fair share of parks, trails, and winding coastlines, none of them are as epic as the new Waterford Greenway.

Opened this previous spring, the 30-mile walking and cycling path is the longest of its kind in all of Ireland and winds through what is considered by the Waterford City and County Council as the country's most scenic route. Passing through sights such as the Comeragh Mountains, the Copper Coast, historic viaducts, and the foodie town of Dungarvan, the greenway actually runs along the discontinued Great Southern and Western Railway Line.

The previous railway line carried its last passenger in 1967 and sat unused for five decades, before plans for its repurposing and inclusion in EuroVelo's Atlantic Coast Route were made a reality. Costing 15 million euros to create, the public project is already proving to be popular  – and with those stunning views, it's not hard to see why this is set to be the best way to tour Ireland.

 

The next best way to see Ireland? From the air: