Walk Details » Short Walks
Short Guided Walks from Walk Connemara (up to 4 hours on average)
Our most popular walks are listed first. A range of times are indicated for the walks; the lower end is for fast walking by relatively fit people taking few stops; the upper end is for casual walking by people of average fitness and taking plenty of time to stop on the walk. Please note that most of these walks - particularly the hillwalks and mountain hikes - are not on "trails". Most of these involve "off-trail" hiking ("bushwhacking") where there is no obvious path to follow; we will be using sheep tracks and occasionally faint tracks of eroded bog from other hill walkers. Booking is essential for all of the walks; email or call us for details and booking.
An easy three-four hour flat hike exploring the historic Marconi site and part of the Roundstone Bog complex. The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point of Derrigimlagh, or Derrygimla, is where the first ever transatlantic telecommunications took place and where Alcock & Brown's first non-stop transatlantic fight landed. The ruins of the Marconi telecommunications complex are located in the midst of the very special Roundstone Bog habit with its unique flora and fauna and multitude of lakes. Terrain includes gravel trails, boardwalks, and wet bogland.
Paul Phelan brought the BBC Radio 4 Ramblings programme on this walk. You can listen to it online to learn more about this amazing location.
A moderate three-four hour hike around one of the largest and wildest lakes of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex (Lough na bhFaoileann; the lake of the Seagulls). A very special walk, featuring extensive rare bog habitat, a series of dramatic lakescapes overlooked by Errisbeg Hill and the towering Twelve Bens Mountains. Distance is about 9km with a small amount of gentle climbing. Terrain includes rough wet bogland (including quaking bog), sheep track, long grass and surfaced minor road. Requires waterproof boots and outdoor layers.
A moderate two-four hour climb to the top of
Diamond Hill along the
trail in the Connemara National Park. Distance is ~7km with ~500m of
total ascent. Features blanket bog, extensive heather, stunning views
of the mountains, islands and coastline and the possibility of
wildlife. There are some steep sections that require the use of hands.
Terrain includes stone steps, trail, and surfaced minor road. Boots and
outdoor clothing are preferable along with a reasonable level of
fitness. Also, it can be quite windy on top.
An easy to moderate two-four hour hike convenient to Clifden town. The landscape includes native oak woodland, river and open mountainside, with panoramic views of the 12 Bens and Roundstone Bog. Terrain includes rough trails, open hillside, sheep track. This walk is very flexible in terms of distance and difficulty and can be customised to suit your requirements.
A difficult three-five hour hill walk near Roundstone. Features dramatic rocks, spectacular scenery including mountains, bog and coastline. Distance is about 7km with about 450m of climbing. Terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and surfaced minor road. Requires good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor clothing. Works best with a car drop or else returns from the summit along same route; also, it can be extended into a loop including the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point Gorteen beach and peninsula (in the above picture) which requires a full day and usually takes 5-7 hours. Click here for Required Equipment.
An easy two-three hour hike around the beautiful tidal Omey island near Claddaghduff, which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features beautiful sand, dunes, rare grassland, remains of an old church and houses, a holy well and birdlife. Distance is about 8km with some gentle climbing. Terrain includes beach, grass, track and surfaced minor road. This walk includes crossing the intertidal strand to this historic island. This walk can be done in sandals (and bare feet on the sand and some of the grass if you wish).
A three-four hour hike up to a mountain pass with a spectacular lake in the wild Maumturks range. Features a stunning mountain valley, with streams and a waterfall, leading up to the pass with the large corrie lake overlooked by dramatic peaks and with views beyond into the adjacent valley and to distant ranges (12 Bens, Joyce Country, Mweelrea, Maumtrasna). Strong mountain boots with ankle support are necessary for the terrain of bog, steep open hillside and rocky lakeside. The distance is about 4km with 400m of total ascent so a reasonable level of fitness is required along with raingear, warm clothes, food and water. Click here for Required Equipment.
A gentle two-three hour walk in the special deciduous wood in the Inagh Valley near Recess. Features stunning woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees, lakes and great views of the 12 Bens. Distance is about 10km, with only about 150m of climbing. The terrain is a mix of forest track, rough woodland and open hill so strong boots with ankle support are needed. Also requires outdoor clothing, food and water.
A one to two hour hike on an ancient rocky trail to a spectacular mountain pass with significant history of pilgrimage and St. Patrick. Features dramatic mountain landscape, with lakes, bog land and stunning views. The distance is about 4km with about 170m of climbing passing a Children’s Burial Ground. At the pass there are various religious structures including a small chapel, an open mass altar, stations of the cross and holy wells. The terrain is mainly rough stony trail through the bog. Requires a reasonable level of fitness and walking boots/shoes (preferably waterproof with ankle support), along water and outdoor clothing (also preferably waterproof). Click here for Required Equipment.
A two-three hour hike along the shore of Ireland’s only Fjord. Features dramatic coastal landscape, with the Fjord, the dramatic Mweelrea mountain, bog land and stunning views, passing the Killary Sheep Farm (working dogs and turf cutting). The terrain includes small road, rocky trail (Famine Relief Road) and boggy track. The distance is about 6km with about 140m of climbing (assuming a drop off and pick up). Requires a reasonable level of fitness and walking boots/shoes (preferably waterproof) with ankle support, along water and outdoor clothing (also preferably waterproof).
An easy two-three hour coastal walk on the spectacular Gurteen/Gorteen peninsula near Roundstone and Ballyconneeley which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features several spectacular beaches with fine sands and dunes, extensive flora (including rare machair, vibrant lichens, along with seasonal heathers, sea holly, primroses and sea pinks), interesting rocks (granites, gabro), and wonderful sea/mountain views. Distance is ~6km with very little climbing. Terrain is mostly grassy and sandy, with some rocks.
A moderate three-four hour low-level hike. Features spectacular lake scenery surrounded by dramatic mountains, with stony beaches, mountain streams and a hanging valley where the High Kings of Connaught are said to have held court in ancient times. Distance is about 6km with about 200m of climbing, assuming a car drop (with no car drop,there is another 3km back on the road which will take about one hour more). Terrain includes wet bog, rocks, sheep track and surfaced minor road, with small sections of steep open hillside. There are several streams to be crossed, including a narrow concrete weir and a makeshift bridge. Requires good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor clothing. Click here for Required Equipment.
easy two-three hour coastal walk around the immaculate tidal island
near Carna which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic
Way. This walk includes crossing the intertidal strand which
requires a very strong tide, that generally occurrs every two or three
months. However, even when a strong tide is forecast, the ultimate
strength of the tide depends on environmental factors which are beyond
our control (wind, pressure, pattern of tides in the deep ocean); thus
we cannot guarantee for certain that it will be safe to cross the
intertidal strand. Features superb sandy beaches, stunning seascapes,
grassland, derelict stone houses, extensive shell middens and a holy
well. Distance is ~5km with almost no climbing. Terrain includes beach,
grass, track; there are no roads!
A moderate three-four hour flat hike of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex. A very special walk. Features extensive rare bog habitat, quaking bog, a multitude of lakes and includes the historic Derrigimlagh site where ground breaking transatlantic communications took place (Marconi's wireless telegraphy, Alcock & Brown's flight landing spot). This is a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Distance is about 9km with some gentle climbing. Terrain includes wet bogland, track and surfaced minor road so waterproof boots are preferred. Also bring some food, water and outdoor clothing. It works best with a car drop or pick-up; as a traverse it finishes at the North foot of Errisbeg Hill (from where transport back to the starting point can be arranged); alternatively it can be walked as a loop.
A two-three hour coastal walk along the Atlantic shoreline south of Clifden. Features beautiful sandy beaches with seashells, shell middens, grassland and stunning seascapes. Distance is about 10km with less than 100m of total ascent. Terrain is a mix of grassland, beach rocky shore and small road. Requires water, footwear with good grip and outdoor clothing.
A gentle two-three hour walk in the beautiful wood near between Clifden and Recess. Features stunning woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees, a fine river and great views of the 12 Bens. Distance is about 10km, with only about 150m of climbing. The terrain is a mix of minor road, forest track and open hill so strong boots with ankle support are needed. Also requires outdoor clothing, food and water.
A two-three hour Guided climb providing an opportunity to experience the full moon on the Diamond trail in the Connemara National Park. There is a path to the summit. But there are many steps and in a couple of places you will need to use your hands. Also, it can be quite windy on top. Its a 7km hike including a total ascent of 510m. Torch/headlamp, strong boots with good grip and warm clothing essential. Note that this night walk involves extra risk and needs a clear sky. Click here for Required Equipment.
2-3 hour hike to explore the locale and celebarate the art of the
eminent German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ludwig produced some
fine work while residing here in 1948 and appears to have worked very
hard: Wittgenstein wrote how he "could only think clearly in the dark"
and how he had "found the last pool of darkness in Europe". The terrain
involves open hillside, track, trail and sealed road; strong walking
boots with ankle support required. Features the Killlary Fjord, the
Famine trail, a pier, the former residence and a small spectacular pass.
A gentle two-three hour walk between two Atlantic coastal villages taking in part of the Wild Atlantic Way Coastal route. Features lovely country roads, beautiful beaches, a megalithic toumb and fabulous views of the islands and coastline. Distance is about 10km, with only about 100m of climbing. The terrain is a mix of paved road, track, grass and some rocky shore so outdoor shoes are fine. Requires some water and outdoor clothing.
An easy two-three hour walk towards the Twelve Bens. Features a quiet valley, beautiful mountain scenery and a lovely river. Distance is ~7km with some gentle climbing. Terrain is mostly surfaced roads (including a small section of N59), a small section of boggy fields, and track. Waterproof boots would be ideal.
An easy two-three hour stroll around the historical town and along the beautiful bay to Clifden Castle. Distance is about 5km with some gentle climbing. Terrain is mostly surfaced road, with a small amount of open field.
A gentle two-three hour hike in the spectacular Leenane valley at the top of the Killary Fjord. Features stunning the deserted Leacan village, a beautiful stream, the Loigin megalithic tomb, impressive rock features and stunning mountain scenery. Distance is about 5km, with about 200m of climbing. The terrain is mainly open boggy hillside with small sections of track and sealed roads.Requires strong boots with ankle support, outdoor clothing, a reasonable level of fitness and water. Click here for Required Equipment.
Letterfrack WoodsA gentle two hour walk around the historic Connemara village concentrating on the woods. Includes the Ellis Wood in which there are large numbers of bluebell and wild garlic plants (flowering dramatically in Spring). Includes hiking the woodland overlooking the Ballynakill Bay and visiting a 4,000 year old megalithic (court) tomb in the Connemara National Park. Requires walking boots with good grip and preferably ankle support along with outdoor clothing.
An easy two-three hour walk along the old road between two villages in a Gaelic speaking area, along a mixture of tarred and gravel roads - much of which is not accessible to cars - so comfortable walking shoes or sandals are sufficient (walking boots are optional). The walk is 6km long and there are two gentle climbs (a total ascent of 200m). There are fine views of Lough Corrib you pass interesting archaeological and geological sites, woodland, limestone pavement and several ruined houses alongside Mount Gable (Binn Shléibhe).
A two-three hour forest walk from Cong to Clonbur, through the special forests separating Loughs Corrib and Mask. The walk passes the Cong River, the Pigeon Hole cave, an impressive old castle and spectacular limestone pavement. Watch out for unusual trees and native Irish wildflowers. Walking shoes or boots would suit the terrain of forest tracks and minor surfaced roads. The distance is about 7km and is virtually flat.
A gentle two-three hour walk in the spectacular Clonbur Woods near Cong. Features stunning woodland with deciduous trees, a beautiful lake and limestone pavement. Distance is about 10km, with only about 100m of climbing. The terrain is a mix of paved road, forest track, grass and some rocky shore so outdoor boots are required. Requires some water and outdoor clothing.
A half-day hill climb with spectacular views of the surrounding lakes (Nafooey, Mask, Corrib) and mountains (Maumtrasna, Joyce Country), interesting rocks and pre-bog Scots Pine stumps. Strong Hiking boots are needed for the terrain of open hillside and minor surfaced roads. The distance is about 8km with a total ascent of 400m which will take about four hours or so. Click here for Required Equipment.
A three-four hill climb near Maam Cross. Features spectacular views of the surrounding mountains (Maumturks, Joyce Country), bogland, Lough Corrib and the Maam Valley. The distance is about 7km with a total ascent of 460m. The terrain is mainly boggy open hillside; there is a steep rocky section requiring the use of hands. Requires strong Hiking boots with ankle support and grip along with warm/waterproof outdoor layers, hat and gloves. Also bring some food and water.
This is an easy 2-4 hour coastal walk over two spectacular beaches and the connecting headland, a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. This is a very remote and unspoilt area, with beautiful sand dunes, rare machair and interesting archaeology including a very significant dog-whelk midden from where it is believed that early Irish settlers were extracting a rare pigment highly valued by North African Traders. The walk works best with a low tide.
A gentle two-three hour walk in the spectacular woods between Leenane and Westport. Features stunning woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees, fabulous moss, a fine river and great views of the mountains (Sheefrey, Maumtrasna, Bengorm, Mweelrea Croagh Patrick). Distance is about 10km, with only about 150m of climbing.
A gentle three-four hour walk around the spectacular lake and deciduous wood between Leenane and Westport. Features stunning woodland (with deciduous and coniferous trees, fabulous moss), a fine river, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains (Maumtrasna, Party, Sheefreys, Bengorm, Mweelrea Croagh Patrick). Distance is about 8km, with only about 270m of climbing. The terrain is open hill and forest so strong boots with ankle support are needed. Also requires outdoor clothing, food and water. Click here for Required Equipment.
Inishmore (Aran Islands) ShortA moderate 4-5 hour walk on this populous island with dramatic sea cliffs and important archaeology. A uniquely blanketed rock surface glazed with man-made rock walls. This walk takes shoreline lanes to climb up a track to a small village and up over the highest part of the island with panoramic views. Distance is about 11.5km with about 150m of total ascent. Requires walking boots/trekking shoes, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a good level of fitness.