Trail and mountain running is a growing sport in Ireland and involves people running off road on trails and in upland areas throughout Ireland.
Trail running usually happens on developed trails around the country ( forests, parks, developed walking trails). Mountain running is mainly organised by the Irish Mountain Running Association, which organises mountain running races for its members throughout the country each year. Further information on IMRA can be got on www.imra.ie
Please note that trail and mountain running in Ireland does require a moderate / high level of fitness and technical competence in terms of map reading, navigation, clothing and footwear.
How can I get involved?
Trail / Mountain running offers a nice alternative to running on-road and in urban areas. It also offers the opportunity for people to connect with nature and discover the Irish countryside.
If you're interested in getting involved, go to our beginners FAQ's section on out website - https://www.imra.ie/beginners/
Recommendations for Trail Running locations in Ireland
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Mountains National Park runs a wide variety of activities for groups and individuals of all ages. There are nine way-marked walking trails in the valley of Glendalough and they are great for Trail /Mountain Running.
Glen of Aherlow, Co.Tipperary
The Glen of Aherlow is a beautiful valley where the River Aherlow runs between the Galtee Mountains and the wooded ridge of Slievenamuck.
Ballyhoura Country, Co.Limerick
Ballyhoura Country provides the perfect setting for trail/mountain running alongside the beautiful riverbanks.
Dublin Mountains, Co.Dublin
The Dublin Mountains are an exciting recreational facility for all to enjoy. The Dublin Mountains has been named one of the most scenic trails in the world. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the great outdoors, capturing the spectacular views of Dublin City & surrounding landscape while introducing you to nature.