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    Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

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    Next Trip(s): 24th Sep | 15th Apr Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
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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

    From the vibrant city of Galway, we head straight to Connemara’s wilder regions. Leave civilisation behind as we squelch onto the boggy slopes of Errisbeg Hill, enjoying the sprawling views of the Wild Atlantic Way’s white sand beaches and the layers of hills and mountains through which our journey will take us. Descend from the hills and wander around the quaint fishing village of Roundstone. And then it’s time for dinner and a pint in a traditional pub – with a bit of traditional Irish music if you’re lucky. (L, D)

    Hike details: 4 miles/6km, 3-4 hrs.*

    Day 2 – Twelve Bens Mountain Range

    The sharp quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens (or in Irish Na Beanna Beola) are an ever-present feature of Connemara. Though part of Connemara National Park, few travellers ever venture into these wild mountains. Today’s hike will take you through the backcountry to the summit of one of these amazing peaks, enjoying a view that few are ever privy to. On the way, keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, wild mountain goats and native red deer. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 8 miles/13km, 4-5hrs.*

    Day 3 – Leenane Hill

    We’re in for a treat today! Following a small trail up Leenane Hill, we explore a little-known part of Mayo that few other visitors 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, marvel at the 360-degree views over the beautiful and rugged MaamTurks Mountains, Mweelrea Mountain, and out across the fjord to the Atlantic Ocean. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 8 miles/ 13km, 4-5hrs.

    Day 4 – Killary Fjord

    Certainly one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hikes, this gentle hike along the Atlantic coastline is a great way to stretch out the legs after our past exertions. Our trail takes us along the shores of the dazzling Killary Fjord, past rocky outcroppings of sheep-shorn grass on a canvas of Atlantic views. This area is rich in heritage – delve into Irish history as you pass famine-era abandoned villages and storied landscapes. Along the way, you’ll see signs of aquaculture – oysters, mussels and other shellfish – which are the bread and butter of this Connemara community today. (B, L)

    Hike Details: 7 miles/11 km, 3 hrs*

    Day 5 – Mweelrea Mountain, Connacht's Highest Peak

    At 814m (2,700 feet), Mweelrea is the highest mountain in the region of Connacht. Mweelrea’s allure is not only in its height but also in its magnificent setting. To the south, Mweelrea falls steeply to the waters of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s largest fjord. To the east stretches the sprawling Sheeffry Hills and the mountain of Ben Gorm. Finally, to the west lies white sandy Atlantic shores and the distant horizon beyond. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 8 miles / 13km, 7 hrs.*

    Day 6 – The Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick

    The pilgrimage up the rocky sides of Croagh Patrick is a tradition stretching back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day. Pilgrims annually gather in late July to climb to the summit barefoot in honour of St Patrick, who legend has it once fasted at its peak. Our hike takes us on a less-travelled route from the west, following the ridge to the tiny white church at the summit. From there, we’ll take in a spectacular vista of Clew Bay where it’s said there are 365 drumlin islands (one for each day of the year!). After the hike, head into Westport town to enjoy Westport’s lovely cafes, pubs and shops. (B, L, D)

    Hike Details: 8 miles/12km, approx 6hrs.

    Day 7 – Westport Town & Departure

    Whether you decide to have a relaxing morning at your accommodation, a bit of last-minute souvenir shopping, or just a walk around this colourful, bustling town, enjoy a free morning in Westport before we make our way to the train station to say goodbye to the group. (B)

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements.

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    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 €300 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
    • 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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    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 31 review(s) of Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo



    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

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    Kathleen Cunha

    Reviewed on 07/06/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 28/05/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Gotta go on this trip! We will be going again next year and hope to figure out which trip Paul will be on so that we can take advantage of his wonderful skills and knowledge!


    Chad Bidessy

    Reviewed on 06/06/2022

    Age: 30 - 40
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 28/05/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Can't say enough good things. The sights were well worth the effort. Paul was above and beyond the best hiking guide


    Kevin Long

    Reviewed on 06/06/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 28/05/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Wilderness Island made my third trip to Ireland the best one yet. They helped me select the right trip for my daughters and I, were very communicative throughout the booking process and in the months leading up to the trip, and they delivered a flawless experience with a personable and knowledgeable guide, Paul Quinn, who made each person on the trip feel like he was there just for them. The Connemara and Mayo Mountains were stunningly beautiful and the hikes were challenging with rewarding views throughout. A real plus for me was we were never in the van for longer than an hour and often less than that which was one of my requirements. The accommodations in Clifden, Delphi and Westport were top notch and the meals were outstanding as were many of the local pubs with traditional Irish music. We were not experienced hikers and this trip had steep ascents and descents over challenging terrain but nothing you can't handle if physically fit. We did just fine and were proud each time we summitted and again when we made it down to the van. All in all a memorable experience that delivered great value for the price. I'm already recommending Wilderness Ireland to friends and family who have been ooohing and aaahing over my pictures shared on social media.

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