International Appalachian Trail (IAT)

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The trail is in the province of Ulster in Ireland and runs from west Donegal in the Republic of Ireland to Larne, Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland. The route starts at the spectacular Slieve League mountain and passes through the Blue Stack Mountains in Co Donegal then crosses into Northern Ireland. Here it picks up the Ulster Way where it passes the Giant’s Causeway, the stunning northern coastline before traversing the Glens of Antrim.

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    I walked this in May 2021. After there had been a lot of publicity and £60k investment. Yet…
    1) There are missing maps and route drscriptions (e.g. Glenties to Killeter) that make some sections impossible to walk.
    2) Some of the route descriptions are wildly inaccurate e.g. the descent from Bessy Bell
    3) There are discrepancies between the route descriptions, maps and signage on the ground e.g. Moneyneaney to Dungiven.
    4) Despite the investment, the way markers are sporadic.
    5) There is a LOT of road walking e.g. through the Sperrins (Gortin to Moneyneaney) and up to Dungiven is 3 days of almost entirely road walking despite the fact that there is plenty of surrounding countryside.
    6) There are NO dog friendly stiles which is an accident waiting to happen. Enough people with enough dogs and someone will slip and break somethinentirely avoidable.

    This thru hike has great potential as it passes through some of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated and outstanding areas of natural beauty but it is seriously let down by poor route choices (roads, more road, and further roads) and lack of infrastructure and administration of the route (maps, route descriptions etc)

    Hannah Bishop at 5:36 pm
  • Doffs hat to Homelesskat

    Riatsila at 12:42 pm
  • I’ve done this. August 2017 on my own, and I’m a girl. You’ll need waterproof boots by the way..;-)

    HomelessKat at 3:11 pm
  • County Antrim

    Distance 280 miles

    OS Map OSI 10, 11, OSNI 20, 12, 8, 13, 4, 7, 8, 5 & 9

    Terrain Wide variety of terrain

    Nearest Town Bunglas

    Route Shape Linear

    Grid Reference G571 755

    Route Type Beach, Coastal, Forest, Hill, Mountain

    Route Description

    Please follow the link below to find out more information about the International Appalachian Trail

    Point of Interest

    Slieve League, Bluestack Mountains, Lough Eske, Killeter Forest, Sperrin Mountains, the Causeway Coast, the Glens of Antrim

    Getting to the start

    From the town of Killybegs, follow the R263 to the west, following signs for Kilcar and Glencolumbkille. After 15km and upon arriving in the village of Carrick, take the Teelin Road to the left, following signs for Bunglas and Slieve League. Continue to follow signs for Bunglas, arriving at Bunglas car park after 5km.

    Public transport

    Translink –


    Please follow the link below to find out more information about the International Appalachian Trail.

    International Appalachian Trail – Ireland
    International Appalachian Trail – Worldwide

    Accessibility Grade
    Grade 5

    • There may not be a formalised path, and variable, single file trails are to be expected.
    • Gradients and cross slope could be expected to be steep and not limited.
    • Obstacles and surface breaks of greater than 75mm measured across the line of the path to be expected.
    • Overhanging branches are possible. Passing places and rest areas may not be formalised or provided.