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    Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

    27 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 16th Apr | 28th May Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
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    Described by Irish writer Oscar Wilde as ‘a savage beauty’, you’ll discover the wild and sparsely populated areas of Connemara and Mayo, taking in some of the most unspoilt scenery Ireland has to offer.

    Over seven days, explore some of the best hiking in Connemara – and Ireland! – while immersing yourself in Ireland’s archaeology, geology and natural history. From a tiny shrine in the remote hills of Connemara to the summit of Ireland’s most famous pilgrimage mountain Croagh Patrick, your route will follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s famous patron saint, Saint Patrick.

    En route, we’ll tackle three of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland including Mweelrea, the highest peak in Connacht. At what feels like the edge of the world, breathe in the some of the freshest air in Europe as we take in stunning Atlantic views at every turn. Far from the traditional tourist track, you’ll explore a secret Ireland that few visitors will ever see. Hiking in Connemara and Mayo offers the best way to truly experience the wild landscapes of the west of Ireland

    Trip Highlights

    • Challenge yourself by summiting three of the west of Ireland's highest peaks.
    • Follow in the steps of St Patrick to follow ancient pilgrimage routes.
    • Explore the wildest and most sparsely populated area of Ireland.
    • Join local guides who will bring you off the beaten path in Connemara National Park.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Roundstone Village & Errisbeg Hill

    Leaving the busy city of Galway behind, we head west into the rural landscapes of Connemara for a hike along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Climbing to the summit of Errisbeg, a small peak with spectacular views of the white sand beaches below, you’ll overlook the layers of mountains through which our journey will take us. We’ll finish up at a traditional pub overlooking the harbour in the quaint village of Roundstone. (L,D)

    Distance 4 miles/6km, approx 3-4 hrs.

    Day 2 – Twelve Bens Mountain Range

    Today, we’ll take the path less travelled through Connemara National Park and hike amongst the Twelve Bens mountain range – sharp, quartzite peaks that are an ever present feature of hiking in Connemara. These beautiful mountains offer some of Western Ireland’s wildest (and boggiest!) landscapes, with sweeping views over Kylemore Abbey, Connemara and the shimmering Atlantic. (B,L,D)

    Distance 8 miles/13km, approx 4-5hrs.

    Day 3 – Leenane Hill

    Today, we’re in for a treat! Following a small trail up Leenane Hill, we explore a little-known part of Mayo that few other hikers get to experience. On the way up, beautiful views of Killary Fjord spill out on one side, while the wild bogs of Mayo extend out on the other. A fast-disappearing terrain, learn a little about the importance of Irish bogs from an ecological as well as historical perspective. From the top of Leenane Hill, enjoy 360 degree views over the beautiful and rugged MaamTurks Mountains, Mweelrea Mountain, and out across the fjord to the Atlantic Ocean. (B,L,D)

    Distance 8 miles/ 13km, approx 4-5hrs.

    Day 4 – Killary Fjord

    Certainly one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hikes, this gentle walk along Killary Fjord takes us past rocky outcroppings of sheep-shorn grass with the distant Atlantic spreading out before us. Overlooking a necklace of powdery white beaches along the Atlantic shoreline, sharp eyes can spot pods of dolphins on the surface of a seascape dotted with islands. Delve into Irish history as we pass a famine-era abandoned village while your guide explains the rich ancient histories of this little-changing landscape. (B, L)

    Distance: 7 miles/11 km, approx 3 hrs

    Day 5 – Mweelrea Mountain, Connacht's Highest Peak

    Mweelrea, the highest mountain in the west of Ireland, is a great place to hike with breathtaking panoramic views. The south falls steeply to the waters of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s largest fjord. To the east stretches the sprawling Sheffry Hills and Ben Gorm mountain, and to the west lies sandy, white Atlantic shores. In the evening, enjoy some Irish traditional music in the pubs of the colourful coastal village of Westport. (B,L,D)

    Distance 8 miles / 13km, approx 7 hrs.

    Day 6 – The Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick

    The pilgrimage up the rocky sides of Croagh Patrick is a 5,000-year-old tradition where barefoot pilgrims gather to summit Croagh Patrick at the end of each July. Our hike takes us on a less-travelled route, following the ridge to the tiny church clinging to the summit. From here, we’ll drink in the spectacular vista of Clew Bay and its 365 drumlin islands – one for each day of the year! Ask your guide about the 16th century pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, who once reigned these waters. After the hike, head into Westport town to enjoy Westport’s lovely cafes, pubs and shops. (B,L,D)

    Distance 8 miles/12km, approx 6hrs.

    Day 7 – Westport town & Departure

    This morning, it’s time to say goodbye to the Wild Atlantic Way, but before you do so, you’ll have the chance to tuck into a final hearty breakfast and enjoy the bustling market town of Westport. Crowned by the iconic peak of Croagh Patrick that we conquered earlier this week, you’ll have time for a bit of last-minute souvenir shopping, a walk around the colourful streets or have a peek at Westport’s many historical sites before we part ways at Westport Train Station. (B)

    Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

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    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    After a long day of hiking through Connemara’s mountains, curl up by the fire in one of our hand-picked hotels for a night of relaxation before heading off to start your next day’s adventure! The accommodations on this trip are comfortable, family-owned hotels and guesthouses tucked into the Irish countryside in the extraordinary counties of Galway and Mayo. This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast.

    We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €250 but this is subject to availability.

    Meals Read More

    All meals are included in the price of this trip with the exception of dinner on one night. Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided every night except one night, when you have a free evening and can dine where you choose. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
    • All meals during the trip excepting one night (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
    • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting in Galway and finishing in Westport
    • 7 days of hiking among the wild landscapes and mountains of western Ireland
    • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Galway Ceannt Train Station at 12.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped off at Westport Train Station by 1.00pm noon on the last day of your trip. For full details on travelling to/from Galway and Westport, please see our travel section here.

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    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

    Speak to an Expert

    Patricia Doe

    An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets – she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent many years in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.

    Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing some steeper climbs to summits as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

    The daily hikes will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower level valley, coastal or forest walks which would include some cultural highlights along the way.

    Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on a variety of terrain from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 27 review(s) of Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo



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    Jin Choi

    Reviewed on 09/09/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 31/08/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Outstanding guided trip ! This allowed me to understand Ireland and Irish people and culture on top of fantastic daily hiking in the beautiful wilderness-mountains, wind and rain. Your soul will be renewed and reinvigorated and ready to face the world with more compassion. Recommend Wilderness Ireland wholeheartedly to everyone!


    Jennifer Mirdamadi

    Reviewed on 09/09/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 31/08/2019
    Trips Taken: 5

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Go for it. You won't regret it!


    Richard Smith

    Reviewed on 25/07/2019

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: Canada
    Trip Date: 13/07/2019
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The hikes & climbs were both interesting & (for me) challenging , food & accomadation were very good and our guide & group made the trip made the trip memorable.

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