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Guided Walks from Walk Connemara

We offer some of the best experiences to be found along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. This page gives details of a range of guided walks that we offer for walkers of all levels of ability. We hope the descriptions will give you a good idea of what you can expect when hillwalking, trekking and hiking with Walk Connemara. Our Past Events page gives a sense of the great experiences that walkers can have with us.

We also offer Island Day Trips for groups, including chartered boat transport and guided walks on the unspoilt Atlantic islands nearby. For example, our full day Inishark and Inishbofin guided island adventure day trip costs  €70 per person, for groups of at least 10 people.Inishark and Inishbofin guided island adventure day trip PDF fileDownload Details (PDF)

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.

Roundstone Bog Wilderness: Lough na bhFaioleann (the lake of the Seagulls)

Walk Connemara Roundstone bog wilderness

A moderate three-four hour hike around one of the largest and wildest lakes of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex (Lough na bhFaioleann; 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.

Diamond Hill Trail

View from the Diamond Hill trail with Tully Mountain in the distance

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.

Cleggan and Claddaghduff

Walking along the beach at ClegganA 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.

Mweelrea

Mweelrea Mountain from the Silver Strand

A difficult five-eight hour climb to the tallest mountain in Connaught.  Features dramatic rocks, spectacular scenery including mountains, beach, bog and coastline and including the ancient burial cairn purported to be of Diarmuid O Duibhne (who fled with Grainne on the eve of her wedding to Fionn MacCumhail). Distance is about 10km with about 800m of climbing.  Rocky terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and long grass.  Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and warm waterproof outdoor clothing. Click here for Required Equipment.

Omey Walk

Omey Island the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point with Walk Connemara

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). 

Mweelin Mountain Hike

Mweelin mountain hike with Kylemore Abbey in the Background

A difficult four-seven hour mountain climb of three nearby peaks in the wild 12 Bens (also known, incorrectly, as the "12 Pins"); Benbaun (Mweelin), Benbrack and Knockbrack. Features significant archaeology (a holy well, a megalithic toumb, a children’s burial ground), beautiful mountain landscape, and part of the Connemara National Park. Distance is about 8.5km with about 670m of climbing.  Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and road (can be omitted with a car drop). Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and rain gear. Click here for Required Equipment.

Tully Mountain

The old coastal road at Derryinver  Surveying the view from the top of Tully Mountain

A difficult four-seven hour coastal climb known locally as Letter Hill. Features quartzite and bright quartz rocks, mountain bog, juniper plants, sea birds and spectacular coastal scenery. Passes an abandoned terrace of old stone cottages and old walls used to dry the turf/peat. Distance is about 10.5km with about 630m of climbing.  Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and starts with a beautiful quiet road. Requires good fitness, strong walking boots (preferably waterproof after all the rain) with good ankle support, along with food, water and rain gear. Tully Mountain is very flexibe and hikes can be shortened, if necessary. Click here for Required Equipment.

Errisbeg Hill Walk

View of the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point Gurteen and Dog's bay beaches from Errisbeg

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.

Introductory Twelve Bens Mountain Hike

Introductory 12 Bens Mountain HikeA difficult four-six hour mountain climb of three adjacent peaks in the rugged 12 Bens (also known, incorrectly, as the "12 Pins"); Ben Lettery, Ben Gleniskey and Ben Gower. Features wild mountain landscape, stunning views and spectacular blanket bog. Distance is about 8km with over 630m of climbing.  Terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bogland and sheep track.  There are a couple of very steep sections for which you will need to use your hands. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor clothing.  Works best with a car drop. Click here for Required Equipment.

National Park Hike

The megalithic (court) tomb  Carpet of bluebells in Letterfrack Woods

A moderate four-six hour hike in the Connemara National Park from the village of Letterfrack. Going beyond the Diamond Trail into the Glanmore valley, along the isolated Pooladirk river and climbing back up to the remains of a beautiful settlement below Bulog. Passing ancient pre-bog Scots Pine tree stumps, before visiting a megalithic (court) tomb and a spectacular wood. Distance is about 10km with about 400m of ascent, including some steep climbing and descents. Terrain includes rough open hillside, stone steps, trail, and surfaced minor road. Requires strong boots with good ankle support and rain gear required along with a good level of fitness. A shorter three-five hour version of this walk is also possible. Click here for Required Equipment.

BenGorm and Ben Creggan

Bengorm

A difficult five-seven hour mountain hike near Leenane at the top of the Killary Fjord and in the middle of several  mountains. Features mountain bog, stunning views of valleys, mountains and the fjord. The distance is about 8km (assuming a car drop) with about 800m of total ascent. Involves a steep climb of a narrow ridge with steep drop-offs. Requires good fitness, strong hiking boots with good grip and ankle support, raingear, hat, gloves, extra layers, food and water along with a head for heights. Click here for Required Equipment.

12 Bens Trek

A 4-6 hour trek into the heart of the Twelve Bens (or Pins) without climbing any significant peaks. The distance is about 10km with about 360m of total ascent including part of the Connemara National Park. Features two dramatic valleys, a mountain pass with a cave and a beautiful river that has to be crossed via stepping stones. The terrain is mostly off-trail with a mixture of bog and grass along with some short rocky sections.  Requires a good level of fitness, strong walking boots with good ankle support, warm waterproof outdoor clothes, food and water.   Involves a car drop (or connecting transport which can be arranged).

Inishturk (North)

Inishturk Cliffs     Inishturk Harbour

A moderate 4-6 hour island walk over road, track, grass and bog and a chance to experience the life of a small isolated community which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features spectacular sea cliffs, which are rich in bird life and offer challenging rock climbing and superb deep sea diving. During May to mid-July nesting puffins make a dramatic sight. A small population (about 70 people in winter) live on Inishturk. It also has some nice beaches, several interesting archaeological sites and Ordovician geology similar to Croagh Patrick. The rare endangered Spotted Rock-Rose (Tuberaria guttata) plant is found here.

Benchoona Horseshoe

View of Benchoona from Lettergesh Beach

A difficult four-seven hour mountain climb in the "Northern Bens". Features clonglomerate rocks, mountain bog, spectacular coastal scenery and beautiful lakes. Distance is about 9.5km with about 730m of climbing.  Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and road. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and rain gear. Click here for Required Equipment.

Maumeen Mountain Pass

Maumeen Mountain Pass Lake at Maumeen

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.

Killary Harbour/Fjord Famine Walk

Killary Harbour/Fjord Famine Walk

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).

Dogs Bay and Gurteen (Errisbeg) Peninsula

View across the bay from Gurteen Beach which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

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.

Benbaun and Benfree

Benbaun and Benfree hikeA strenuous five-eight hour mountain hike to two of the 12 Bens including the highest peak in County Galway. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys, a nice ridge and a beautiful river. Distance is about 10km with about 760m of total climbing (one hard climb and some steep descents).  A full personal mountain kit, food and water will also be needed. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support. Click here for Required Equipment.

Doolough

DoouloughA 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.

Oileain Finish - Tidal Island Walk

Walking with Walk Connemara on Finish Tidal Island which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Walk

An 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, rare 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!

Roundstone Bog Adventure

Roundstone Bog AdventureA 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.

Devil's Mother

A difficult five-seven hour mountain hike near Leenane at the top the Killary Fjord and in the middle of several  mountains. Features mountain bog, stunning views of valleys, mountains and the fjord. The distance is about 9km (assuming a car drop) with about 700m of total ascent .  Requires good fittness, strong hiking boots with good grip and ankle support, raingear, hat, gloves, extra layers, food and water. Click here for Required Equipment.

Mannin Bay

Mannin Bay with Walk Connemara

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.

Derryclare Woods

Derryclare Woods

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. 

Letterbreckaun Mountain Climb

Letterbreckaun Mountain Climb with Spectacular views across the Inagh Valley

A strenuous mountain climbing day in the wild Maumturks range.  Features spectacular mountain lakes, valleys, streams, passes and peaks (Barrlugrevagh, Letterbreckaun). Strong mountain boots with ankle support are necessary for the terrain of rocky mountain tops, open hillside, bog, trail and minor surfaced roads. The distance is about 15km with 960m of climbing so a very high level of fitness is required along with raingear, warm clothes, food and water. It will take somewhere between five and ten hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Click here for Required Equipment.

Ballynahinch Woods

Ballynahinch WoodsA 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.

Marconi Field Trip 

Marconi Memorial Stone, Walk Connemara, Derrygimla Derrigimla, which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic WayA moderate day trip to the three key Connemara sites from where Marconi conducted the first transatlantic wireless transmissions. Visit Derrygimla/Derrigimlagh which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, and explore the surrounding spectacular bog ecosystem. See Currywongaun (an open hillside with a 200m climb to reach the remains of the foundations of Marconi's signal tower) and Letterfrack (village, where Marconi had another operation). Strong boots and outdoor clothing required. Transport can be arranged.

Inishbofin Island Day Trip

Inishbofin East End Village  Walking on the beach, Inishbofin

A moderate full-day tour of the beautiful island just off the Connemara coast which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features a spectacular natural harbour, beautiful coastline, stunning beaches (rare machair and sand dune habitats), wildlife, great views, maritime history and a vibrant local community. There are several walking options, with distances up to 10km and climbing of up to 350m (Knock) or virtually flat. The terrain is a mix of surfaced roads and track but may include some bog and open hillside, so boots are recommended along with some water and food (or refreshments can be organised on the island). 

Diamond Moon!

Diamond Moon View of Ballynakill harbour from Walk ConnemaraA 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.

Ludwig Wittgenstein Walk

Killary Fjord

A 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.

Derryclare and Bencorr

BenCorr and Derryclare from Bencolladhduff

A strenuous five-eight hour mountain climb over very rough terrain in the famous Twelve Bens range. Features alpine plants, quartzite rocks, mountain bog, spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful lakes. Distance is about 10km with about 940m of climbing.  Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support; the descent is quite steep. A full personal mountain kit, food and water will also be needed. From Bencorr there is the option to continue around the Glencoaghan valley to complete a spectacular horseshoe and potentially the “Twelve Bens Challenge”. Click here for Required Equipment.

Glencorbet Horseshoe

Spectacular view on the Glencorbet Horseshoe Hike

A strenuous six-nine hour mountain climb over very rough terrain including Benbaun, the highest peak in the Twelve Bens (and County Galway). Features mountain passes and valleys, a nice ridge, and beautiful lakes. Distance is about 13km with about 1100m of total climbing (two hard climbs and some steep descents).  A full personal mountain kit, food and water will also be needed. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support. Click here for Required Equipment.

Couravoughill Circuit

Waterfall on the Owenglin River

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.

Clifden Walking Tour

Boats moored at the Quay, Clifden  View overlooking Clifden from the D'Arcy Monument

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. 

Leenaun Valley Hike

Leenaun Valley with megalithic tomb in the foregroundA 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.

Doughruagh and Lemnaheltia

View over Kylemore Lough from DoughruaghA difficult five-eight hour climb of two mountains in the "Northern Bens". Features "lumpy" igneous rocks, mountain bog, spectacular mountain/sea scenery, several beautiful lakes and a lovely river bank. Distance is about 12.5km with about 820m of climbing.  Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and road. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor clothing. Click here for Required Equipment.

Maumonght

Maumonght in wintertime

A difficult five-eight hour climb of two mountains in the famous Twelve Bens (also known, incorrectly, as the "12 Pins"). Includes one steep mountain climb and a long tough finish.  It features a beautiful lake, mountain bog, spectacular valleys, excellent views of the Twelve Bens and the Connemara National Park. It works best with a car drop (but can be extended into a loop from Letterfrack). Distance is about 12km (with a car drop; about 17km without the car or in the Letterfrack Loop) with about 830m of climbing. Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and road. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water, outdoor clothing and a head for heights. Click here for Required Equipment.

Letterfrack Woods

A 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.

Maumeen to Maumahoge Mountain Climb

Maumeen to Maumahoge Mountain Climb

A strenuous mountain climbing day, including the highest peak in the Maumturks.  Features Maumeen (the pass associated with St Patrick), three wild dramatic peaks (Binn Chaonaigh, Barrslievenaroy, Binn idir an Dá Log) and the beautiful mountain corrie lake of Maumahoge. Strong mountain boots with ankle support are necessary for the terrain of wild rocky mountains, open hillside, bog, and minor surfaced roads. The distance is about 12km with 1050m of climbing so a very high level of fitness is required along with raingear, warm clothes, food and water. It will take somewhere between five and ten hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Click here for Required Equipment.

An Seanbhóthar (Cornamona to Clonbur)

The Seanbothar between Cornamona and ClonburAn 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).

Cong and Clonbur Forest Ramble

Cong river and limestone pavement  Ruined castle near Cong

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.

Clonbur Woods

Clonbur WoodsA 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.

Lough Nafooey

Lough Nafooey
A three-hour walk along the Ceann Garbh shore of Lough Nafooey. Featuring spectacular valley views and interesting geology, passing the dramatic lake island and the remains of an old settlement (the Burkes homestead after migtation from Fermanagh in Cromwellian times).  Walking boots suit the mixed terrain of open hillside, boggy shoreline, sheep tracks, and minor surfaced roads. The distance is about 7km and is almost flat.  Can be extended into a loop and an excellent working sheep dog demonstration.

Finny Hill

Finny HillA 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.

Lackavrea

Lackavrea mountain
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.

Leenaun Hill

Leenaun Hill

Corkóg

Corkóg

A tough 5-7 hour mountain hike over the first part of the Maamturks Challenge. Covering Corkog to Maumeen. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a high level of fitness. Works best with a car drop. Click here for Required Equipment.

Maumturkmore

Maumturkmore

A very tough 5-8 hour mountain hike over some of the most rugged and spectacular mountain terrain in the West of Ireland. It follows part ofthe route of the gruelling Maamturks Challenge. Covering  Letterbreckaun, Maumturkmore and the Holy Well associated with St Feichin, located at the pass that gives the whole range its name. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a high level of fitness. Click here for Required Equipment.

Challenging Mountain Days: 

The Glencoaghan Horseshoe

Glencoaghan Horseshoe Hike

A challenging six-eleven hour mountain hike, over very rough terrain in the famous Twelve Bens range (also known, incorrectly, as the "12 Pins"). Considered to be one of Ireland's most dramatic mountain hikes, and including six of the Bens. Featuring stunning valleys, sheer quartzite peaks, mountain lakes and spectacular gaps. There are a couple of short sections of scrambling. Distance is about 15km with about 1700m of total ascent.  The terrain is very rough - without a trail. Requires a very high level of mountain fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support; there are several steep descents including scree. A full personal mountain survival kit, food and 2L of water will also be needed. Works best with a car drop (or involves another 5k on roads taking at least another hour). Click here for Required Equipment.

The Twelve Bens Challenge

Part of the route in the 12 Bens ChallengeAn extreme-grade challenge that takes about ten-fifteen hours. A gruelling day hiking up and down twelve of the Bens (actually there are at least fifteen of them, also known, incorrectly, as the "Twelve Pins"). The terrain is very rough - without a trail. This challenge is very considerable. considered to be one of Ireland's most dramatic and challenging mountain hikes, and including six of the Bens. Features stunning valleys, sheer quartzite peaks, mountain lakes and spectacular gaps. There are a couple of short sections of scrambling. Distance is about 30km with about 3000m of total ascent. Relatively fast walking is required to complete it in a day.  Requires an extremely high level of mountain fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support; there are several steep descents including scree. A full personal mountain survival kit, food and 3L of water will also be needed. Requires a car drop/pick-up. Click here for Required Equipment.

The Maumturks Challenge

Covering 24.3 kilometers over tough, mountainous terrain and with a total ascent over the of 2336 meters.

The Glanore Challenge - Connemara National Park

A challenging 6-9 hour mountain hike around 5 Bens that surround the Glanmore valley in the wildest part of the Connemara National Park, including Bencullagh, Muckanaght, Benbrack, Maumonght. The terrain is very rough including rocky peaks, steep long grass hillsides and wet bog; in a couple of places you will need to use your hands. Distance is about 14km with a total ascent of about 1400m so a very high level of fitness is required. Strong boots with good grip along with warm/waterproof outdoor clothing including hat and gloves are essential along with a personal mountain survival kit. Also bring 2L of water and food.

South Mayo

Silver and White Strands

Rainbow over the Silver Strand in South Mayo which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way
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.

Erriff Bridge Woods

Erriff Bridge Woods

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.

Inishturk (North)

Inishturk harbour and village  Sea Stacks on the dramatic coastline of Inishturk which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

A moderate 4-6 hour island walk over road, track, grass and bog. Features spectacular sea cliffs, which are rich in bird life and offer challenging rock climbing and superb deep sea diving. During May to mid-July nesting puffins make a dramatic sight. A small population (about 70 people in winter) live on Inishturk which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. It also has some nice beaches, several interesting archaeological sites and Ordovician geology similar to Croagh Patrick. The rare endangered Spotted Rock-Rose (Tuberaria guttata) plant is found here. Nearby is Caher Island, the very well-preserved early Christian site, which retain a profound spiritual atmosphere (annual pilgrimage takes place in August). Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food and water. 

Clare Island

View over Clew Bay from the beach on Clare Island which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

A difficult 5-6 hour walk on this beautiful island with sea cliffs and interesting archaeology which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. The walk starts with a gentle road climb continuing over grassy cliffs before a steep climb to the top of Knockmore then descent to a bog and back to the road. The distance is about 14km with about 742m of total ascent. In order to complete the walk within the scheduled Ferry times, a brisk pace is needed, although more gentle walks can be scheduled by arrangement. The island is home to a population of 164 and is also has significant numbers of breeding seabirds (Fulmars and Kittiwakes). The island has Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeology, rare medieval wall-paintings in the 14th century abbey, and one of Grace O'Malley's or “Granuaile’s” castles. The early 1900s Clare Island Survey, by R.L. Praeger, is one of the most important natural history surveys in the British Isles. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water, a good level of fitness and you need to be able for what can be a rough ferry crossing. Click here for Required Equipment.

Glenawough Lake and Woods

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.

Croagh Patrick

Walkers climbing Croagh Patrick with Clew bay in the distance

A difficult 5-7 hours looped walk along a ridge to the most walked mountain in Ireland. There is an annual pilgrimage on the last Sunday in July, when thousands of people climb “The Reek” along a highly eroded trail from Murrisk. We take a different route from the west, climbing first to Ben Goram, following the ridge east to the holy summit before descending along the pilgrim’s trail and returning via the main road.  There are panoramic views including Clew bay and the surrounding mountains. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a high level of fitness.

Devil's Mother

View of Devil's Mother from Killary Harbour which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way

A difficult 4-6 hour mountain hike near the village of Leenane at the top of Killary harbour, Ireland's only Fjord. (It is the peak in the background of the photo above). It features panoramic views of the mountain and valleys and extensive blanket bog. The walk isabout 10km with 600m total ascent and the terrain is boggy hillside with a steep climb to the top.  The walk can finish in a nearby pub. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a high level of fitness. Click here for Required Equipment.

Glenacally Horseshoe including Devil's Mother and Maumtrasna

The Glenacally HorseshoeA very strenuous 6-12 hour mountain day. Distance is about 15km with over 900m of total ascent: most of the time is spent on the Maumtrasna plateau, which is over 600m and very difficult to navigate. Features extensive unique mountain blanket bog. Requires strong waterproof boots, gaiters. walking poles, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a very high level of fitness. (bog-snorkeling optional!) Click here for Required Equipment.

The Three Lugas

The Three Lugas

A difficult 5-8 hour mountain hike with a single ascent up a beautiful valley to a plateau overlooking a corrie lake. The walk descends to rare and spectacular old oak woodland (see Errif Bridge woods walk above) and finishes with a 4km road walk (can be avoided with a car drop). The walk can finish in a nearby pub. Requires strong boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a high level of fitness. Click here for Required Equipment.

Sheeffry Hills

Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan


Aran Islands

Inishmore (Aran Islands) Long

A difficult 5-6 hour hike on this populous island with dramatic sea cliffs and important archaeology. A uniquely blanketed rock surface glazed with man-made rock walls. The hike takes shoreline lanes to a beautiful beach before visiting the world-renowned Dun Aongusa cliff fort (the world heritage site which stands over a dramatic 300 foot cliff that spans the entire western part of the island) and passing a small village before climbing a rough track over the centre of the island with panoramic views. Distance is about 20km with about 160m of total ascent. Requires walking boots, raingear, warm clothes, food, water and a very good level of fitness.

Inishmore (Aran Islands) Short

A 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.

North Mayo

We can offer a variety of walks in North Mayo, and we'll be uploading more details and pictures soon. These include:

Erris Head Coastal Hike

Erris Head  Pigeon Rock at Erris head

A spectacular coastal walk. This is a linear 10km hike, with about 200m of total ascent, that will take about 4-5 hours to complete (depending on the pace of the group). The terrain is boggy and rough in places; there is no surfaced path. There are superb views of the rugged coast, with a backdrop of the Mayo Mountains and bogland. The route features cliffs, sea stacks, archaeology (the remains of an ancient Promonotory Fort), and wildlife (possibly seals or Fulmars). Click here for Required Equipment.

Achill Head

Castleaffy

Inishnakillew and Inishcottle

Benwee Head

Bengorm (Nephin Beg Range)

Glendahurk (Nephin Beg) Horseshoe

GlendahurkA strenuous full day mountain climb with an arête scramble in the Nephin Beg wilderness - Ireland’s least walked range. Includes three significant peaks Corranabinnia (also known as Cushcamcarragh 'rocky step') and Bengorm. Features corrie lakes, expansive bog, spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and a100m arête that involves some exciting scrambling (while many of the fangs of rock can be by-passed you will need to use your hands). Distance is about 15km with about 1000m of climbing.  Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support. It generally takes somewhere between six and nine hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Click here for Required Equipment.

Glenthomas (Nephin Beg) Horseshoe

A difficult full day mountain climb in the Nephin Begs overlooking what R. L. Praeger called Ireland's "houseless and roadless" expanse. This hike includes the three peaks of Corranabinnia SW (also known as Cushcamcarragh 'rocky step'), Maumthomas NE and Maumthomas SW tops.  Features corrie lakes, expansive bog wilderness to the North, spectacular mountain and coastal scenery and a dramatic fractured rock face. Distance is about 14km with about 650m of climbing.  Requires a good level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support. It generally takes somewhere between five and eight hours to complete, depending on the pace of the group. Click here for Required Equipment.

Slievemore, Achill

Slievemore, Achill

Achill Head and Croaghaun

Cliffs at Achill Head, which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way
This walk starts at Keem Strand, which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.

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