After having returned from a 16 day hiking-predominant Irish vacation, we found the book at best, a "mixed bag." We found some amazing hikes with the book: Gap of Dunloe, Coomlaghra Horseshoe, Torc Mountain, Mahan Falls. However, some of the directions are rather vague, and require you to traverse private land (pastures mainly). These pastures have locked gates and barbed wire, which as far as I'm concerned, means "stay out." Barbed wire is not to keep the livestock in, but to keep us humans out. For this reason, especially for Coomlaghra horseshoe, there is a real uncomfortable feeling that your are trespassing (perhaps it's just my American sensibilities). What you should know is that this is not England with a beautiful network of "right-of-way" footpaths and gate-styles. You will need to trespass to finish a lot of these hikes. For instance, we drove to the MacGillicudy's reeks walk and drove into this cottage area which was empty and "deserted." The book tells you to park in the lot on behind the barn. When we got there, there were signs everywhere "private property." Then we noticed a coin-box for "parking" for 2 Euro. Unfortunately, the gate to the gravel lot was closed, and nobody was around. Were we supposed to just move the barriers and drive onto this land? We felt very uneasy. There are also some vague directions such as "follow the bitumen road." Does everyone know what a bitumen road is? We looked it up: it's asphalt!
So, although we had a very nice vacation and got in some good hikes, we also had to cancel some hikes (MacGillicudy's and Galtee) due to vagueness and private property concerns. It was incredibly frustrating to drive 1 or more hours to hike (you don't get anywhere in Ireland rapidly), only to get "turned around." I do remember throwing the book once or twice. Having said that, I'm not sure what else is out there. Ireland is evolving as a hiking country, but really has very far to go before I would recommend such a trip there. Go to England instead, or mainland Europe, but not Ireland.