Ireland – Connemara & Western Way – 5 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
Stretching from Galway Bay to Killary Harbour and bordered to the east by Lough Corrib & Lough Mask. Grey quartzite peaks shimmering over bogs and small loughs. It is a wild place, with picturesque scenery. This is the perfect walking trail for the west of Ireland.
DAY 1 TRAVEL TO OUGHTERARD
Travel to Oughterard where you will be picked up and taken to your guesthouse. Oughterard is a traditional village , the start of the Connemara Mountain Range.
DAY 2 OUGHTERARD TO MAAM Distance: 21 km , Ascent: 110 m, Walking Time: 5.5 hours
This walk takes you along the southwestern shore of Lough Corrib. To the town land of Curraun More, across the Owenree River and through the forest of Folore to join the Maam Road and your first peek of the astonishing mountains of Connemara. You will see the landscape change from charming to truly wild, where it has mostly been unaffected by the current world.
DAY 3 MAAM TO LOUGH INAGH Distance: 15 km Ascent: 280 m, Walking time: 4.5 hrs
Today’s walk you will show the transformation of the landscape from yesterdays charming scenery to the wild. The trail follows an old pilgrim route that gently rised between mountains at Maumeen, passing St. Patrick’s Church and Holy Well as you travel. It is said that St. Patrick rested in this spot on his way to “Croagh Patrick”. Crossing the ridge of the Maumturk Mountains you will be given fantastic views in both the Maam Valley and the “Twelve Bens” mountain range.
DAY 4 LOUGH INAGH TO LEENAUN Distance: 14 km, Ascent: 85 m, Walking time: 4 hrs
You leave Lough Inagh by walking from your accommodation along an old road that possibly dates back thousands of years. The trail curves along the base of the Maumturk Mountains passing old ruined deserted settlements. This area has been uninhabited since the great famine of 1845. As you descend into the village of Leenaun you will see great views of Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord”. Your day ends in Leenaun.
DAY 5 DEPART
Depart for your journey home.
Tour Pricing & Dates
5 Day Tour – €435 pps
Single Supplement – +€100
Dates – March to October
Difficulty – Easy
Accommodation – Guesthouse or B&B
- 4 nights bed and breakfast
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
- Maps and all route notes
- Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
- Luggage transfers daily while you walk
- All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
- Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour
Additional services available
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals