Frequently Asked Questions
The trail is almost complete. Do bare in mind that it is very new and will take several years to be up to the standard of other popular trails around the world. Some stages are well developed and others are not fully way-marked or may even be overgrown in parts. A number of people have walked the trail in its entirety and it is not without challenges!
YOU WILL GET LOST
A GPS is still essential so that you can regularly check that you are still on track. Check maps with your current location if you have not seen a way-marker for a while. Some stages are very well way-marked and others are not. Expect to wander off track once or twice!
YOU WILL FIND A PLACE TO STAY
Some parts of the trail have plenty of accommodation, others are lacking. There is also not much budget accommodation. Most hikers are finding wild-camping the best way to do the trail. If you prefer to stay in accommodation such as Bed & Breakfasts, it will require planning along the way and the occasional taxi if the accommodation is off-trail. Hikers are finding local people to be very helpful in giving advice for a camping spot or the nearest accommodation. There will always be a place to stay; just be willing to take a taxi off-trail sometimes.
YOU WILL GET WET
Roughly 50% of the trail is on road. The 50% that is off-road goes through fields and often boggy areas. Hikers have reporting being "ankle deep". Use hiking poles. Wear waterproof socks. Waterproof everything! Summer is the driest time of year and the ground is much more firm.
THE TRAIL IS NOT FULLY FINISHED
The Leitrim Way is still under re-development so maps are not yet available. Way-markers are still lacking in a few other parts of the trail.
The cycle trail is mostly on road and overlaps with the walking trail in many parts, roughly 50%. The Beara-Breifne Way cycle trail is also not fully way-marked. The Ulster Way does not have an official cycle route, however most of the trail is on road.
Ulster Way Note:
Stages 14 and 19 are called 'link sections' and it is advised to use transport for these two sections as they follow busy roads. For more information go to www.walkNI.co.uk/ulsterway
On the maps where it says 1 km and 1 mile for the map scale in the bottom corner; the 1 km is correct but the 1 mile should be .5 miles.
Stage 6 - Ormond Way, Toomevara: accommodation closed down.
Stage 6 - Ormond Way, Ballingarry: accommodation closed down.
Stage 9 - Lung/Lough Gara Way - O'Carolan B&B closed down. Alternative is Hill House B&B outside of Keadue.
***Watch out for fields which may have bulls: just past Galbally and just past Donohill.***
The Ormond Way is now complete and maps are available on www.irishtrails.ie. Print these to bring along with you.