Can you guess the country with the best hiking trails in Europe, according to walkers themselves?
It's Ireland. An analysis of online reviews posted by users of hiking trails across Europe rate Irish hiking trails the most highly.
The study by saveonenergy.com/uk (opens in new tab)looked at data from fitness and travel site alltrails.com, which has an app that lists more than 200,000 trails.
Data from each country on the app was used to find the average rating by users, taking into account length, elevation, number of walks and number of reviews.
The total average rating per country was scored out of a maximum of 100 points.
The results placed Ireland's hiking trails in number one position on 87.3 points.
In Ireland, the average walking length is 11,402 steps, which is roughly equivalent to seven miles and enough to get the blood pumping but still within the realms of enjoyment for the casual hiker.
With the rolling green hills, there is an average elevation of 427 metres over the hiking trails, too.
Runner up is Iceland (86.6), followed by the UK (86.5) in third; Italy (86.1) in fourth; and Spain (84.9) in fifth spot.
The next five places go to: Switzerland (84.6); Norway and Germany (83.7); France and Portugal (83.3); Belgium and Denmark (81.3); and Luxembourg (81).
- Keen to try some hiking in Ireland? To tackle those rugged trails, you'll need a pair of the best hiking shoes or best hiking boots
- And to stay warm and dry in the Emerald Isle's notoriously fickle weather, we'd also recommend you carry adequate wet-weather protection - for this, see our best waterproof jackets and best women's waterproof jackets
Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors (opens in new tab).
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