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Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

  • Challenge yourself by summiting three of the west of Ireland’s highest peaks
  • Join local guides who will help you to really get under the skin of this fascinating landscape
  • Follow in the steps of St Patrick as we follow ancient pilgrimage routes that date to pre-Christian times
  • Explore the wildest and most sparsely populated area of Ireland
  • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (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
  • 6 days of hiking among the wild landscapes and mountains of western Ireland
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary

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?

 

After a long day of hiking through Connemara’s mountains, curl up by the fire in one of out hotels for a night of relaxation before heading off to start your next day’s adventure! Hotels are comfortable, family-owned hotels 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.

You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Galway Train Station at 2.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped of at Westport Train Station by 12.00pm noon on the last day of your trip. For full details on travelling to/from Galway and Westport, please see our travel section here.

Customer Kudos

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by Philip Chambers 10/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Certainly the best help I have received when booking a trip thanks to Louise
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The Quay House was superb
Your Guide
Duncan is a brilliant guide with great stories
The Bottom Line
A truly enjoyable trip
Some difficult terrain so be wary if not particularly fit or unfamiliar with hill walking

by Inga Ebert 07/09/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I like to talk to people - disappointing when they don`t call you back as promised.
Trip Comments
I had a good knowledge of Western Ireland so I really appreciated being back in such a wonderful place with a professional guide. Got to see places I had not seen before - like the top of mount Mweelrea! (sorry for the spelling).
Accommodation and Food
The guesthouse in Cliffden is fantastic - just loved my 4 poster bed! Hosts very hospitable and food good and generous. Other 2 places great too - but more with an international flair - except for the missing wi-fi in Delphi.
Your Guide
Duncan is the kindest person and he saw to it that we all had a wonderful time. He is top pro - and his knowledge of the region is enviable.
The Bottom Line
I loved (almost) every minute of it - and we got the most out of it. Pls keep it in your programme cause it is worth it! You could consider staying in Leenane instead of Delphi - it is beautifully situated by Killery harbour.

by Charlotte Chambers 06/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We decided to drive to Ireland and extend our stay either side of the trip. Louise at Wilderness Ireland was incredibly helpful with hotel suggestions and what to do while there.
Trip Comments
The trip gave a real flavour of the walking experience in Ireland
Accommodation and Food
Generally the food was good quality, though we found the portions enormous. The best accommodation was Quayhouse which was brilliant but all the hotels were good with comfy beds and clean rooms
Your Guide
Duncan was amazing. He had excellent local knowledge. He was a natural guide, dealing with all our individual requirements for a good trip. We felt totally safe in his hands and appreciated his humour and kindness. If there was a guide of the year he would get our vote
The Bottom Line
We really enjoyed the trip. The walking level was as described and the accommodation perfect for walking, comfy beds and good bathrooms.
It was our first trip with Wilderness Ireland and the service they provided could not be faulted.
Excellent all round

by Kevin Mawe 04/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The website gives good information on the different trips. Written materials were very helpful. Louise promptly answered my questions and was helpful in directing me to resources.
Trip Comments
The hikes up the hills were strenuous, but exhilarating. The best hike was the one up Mweelrea Man where the wind and rain whipped up as we approached the summit. Our guide, Duncan, was brilliant in every respect, including telling stories. My fellow travelers were very enjoyable. The seafood and Guinness were delicious!
Accommodation and Food
The abundance of fresh seafood was a delight. The accommodations were better than I expected given the "classic" rating.
Your Guide
Duncan was on top of all details. He has an easy going and friendly demeanor, but was obviously keeping a close eye on conditions and the well being of all. He is an ideal guide for such a trip and the kind of guy with whom you'd like to have a beer with at the end of the day - which we repeatedly did.
The Bottom Line
The trip was wonderful in every regard. My cautionary note is for those who have knee issues. The last three hikes involved ascents and descents of over 2,000 feet. I enjoyed the ascents, but the descents were hard on my knees (even with trekking poles) and took longer than the ascents. It was definitely worth it, but if I had it to do over again, I would do more to strengthen the muscles supporting my knees and would incorporate more steep ascents and descents into my hikes.

Wilderness Ireland was great to work with and I look forward to booking another trip with them.

by Gunvor Rottensten 03/09/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Several times I received mails saying I had booked trips, which I hadn't. It didn't bother me too much, and one of the times I received an apology. So ...
Trip Comments
Everything about the trip was great.
Accommodation and Food
I liked all the hotels, charming and good locations. Breakfast was very good in all the cases, and the places where we had dinner well chosen. Lunch was just the size it should be, and delicious too.
Your Guide
Duncan was the perfect guide, looking really well after everybody and always in a good mood. A really kind person. The walks he chose were wonderful and well suited to the weather.
The Bottom Line
I was very happy with my Wilderness Ireland trip. Walking we saw beautiful parts of Ireland, and when we didn't walk, we relaxed and had a good time in well chosen hotels and restaurants.

by Steven Taylor 03/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Provided all the information to get ready
Trip Comments
The lodging, meals and the hikes where beyond my expectations
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Duncan provided motivation and information about each segment. He had fun and informative stories along the hikes,
The Bottom Line
I would do the trip again next year, enjoyed every part.

by Manuela Alberto 03/09/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Hello,
I have had a good luck, the group and Duncan were very friendly with me. I could speak with them and they understood me. The landscapes are beautiful.
Accomodation was confortable. I appreciate too much your food and the whisky.
Irish people are kind.
I'm going to come back next year in Ireland and I will do good adverts for your compagny.
Thanks a lot, my holidays were perfect!

Manuela from Switzerland
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
5 sur 5

by Isabelle Gourraud 08/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Personally, I really appreciate always contacting the same person because the exchanges are more precise and Louise knows the file well.
It's very nice.
Trip Comments
The organization was good, the hikes under a great sun, there were no idle times, we enjoyed the hike as much as the baths in the ocean.
The magnificent landscapes
Perfect
Accommodation and Food
The first two hotels were in nice places (landscape).
In the last hotel in Westport we had a problem in the room, but it was solved the next day and they apologized (cookies, box of chocolates...). As we could not book our return to Dublin and they kindly helped us to solve the problem.
Hotel meals in Delphie were problematic because they were very slow (more than 2 hours) and it was really not very good and the restaurant staff was not very friendly.
Your Guide
Paul is a caring, attentive and available guide to his work.
He was able to organize hiking, swimming and discovering the country.
He took care to repeat slowly and choosing his words when I did not understand all his explanations.
A big thank you
The Bottom Line
All the team who organized the stay well and made it possible to spend good holidays
A guide who knows the land, the area and history well while being available and listening is perfect to discover this beautiful Connemara (where we have not had a single drop of rain) ;-)
I highly recommend this stay.
thanks to all of you

by Cathy Etchepare 02/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Every year , is the same problèm for paying on Line but... Some one at phone ( Louise) is always helpfull and pleased however my English is "approximative ".
Trip Comments
So so nice ! The waether was like a dream... And we had a bath at the beach after hiking. Thanks our guide: Paul...
Accommodation and Food
All was nice , but however , I think that less luxury hotel could be nice and enough
Your Guide
Paul has been exellent. Gentleman and FairPlay ,he was always present and helpfull
History and other knowledge were présent . Hi tried to find good words for our poor English . I would recommand him to everybod
The Bottom Line
You've been available ++ last year because of our problème. At phone too easyjet to join.

by 09/06/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The pretrip was handled professionally and timely. Louise is an asset to Wilderness Ireland. Questions and concerned were quickly resolved. One hint: The trip actually ends with dinner on the last night, thus one can make plans to leave Westport any time after that. Also if one's schedule and desires are flexible a significant savings, 250 euros +/-, can be realized by waiting for the spring sale before signing up.
Trip Comments
The trip was as advertised, even the weather co-operated, sometimes. More climbing than hiking but we were in the mountains. Great views. It would be extremely helpful if, along with the distance and time, the itinerary listed the hotels and the elevation gain for each hike.
Accommodation and Food
The food was excellent but rich. Many of the hotels are out in the country and one is limited to the hotel menu. I would have appreciated some healthier options.
Your Guide
Duncan was personable, efficient and knowedgeable. My knee went sideways one day and he was able to accomodate my needs while not impacting the other hiker or schedule.
The Bottom Line
I recommend Wilderness Ireland wholeheartedly and am planning my next trip with them
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Trip Details

As you discover the sparsely populated areas of Connemara and Mayo, you’ll take in some of the most unspoilt scenery Ireland has to offer.

Described by Irish writer Oscar Wilde as ‘a savage beauty’, the spectacular mountain and bog wilderness of Connemara is best experienced on foot.

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 on a remote hilltop in Connemara to the summit of Ireland’s most famous pilgrimage mountain Croagh Patrick, your route will follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick.

En route, we’ll tackle three of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland, breathing in the some of the freshest air in Europe as we take in stunning Atlantic views at every turn. Hiking in Connemara offers the best way to truly experience the west of Ireland.

Connemara and Mayo Hiking Tour

Day 1 – Roundstone & Errisbeg Hill

From Galway, we’ll travel west to Connemara to 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. (D)

Distance 4 miles/6km, approx 3-4 hrs.

Day 2 – Twelve Bens

Today, we’ll take the path less travelled in 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)

Distance 7.5 miles/12km, approx 6hrs.

Day 3Mám Éan

Hiking in Connemara’s beautiful mountain range, the Maumturks, you’ll discover Mám Éan, or the Pass of the Birds, an ancient path through the mountains with a shrine dedicated to St Patrick at the summit. A sacred spot that has been revered by local communities for thousands of years, pre-Christianity Mám Éan was associated with the ancient Celtic festival, Lughnasa, marking the beginning of harvest season. (B,L)

Distance 10 miles/ 16km, approx 5hrs.

Day 4 – Mweelrea Mountain

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 the mountain, Ben Gorm, and to the west, lies white sandy Atlantic shores. In the evening, enjoy some Irish traditional music in the pubs of the colourful coastal village of Westport. (B,L)

Distance 8 miles / 13km, approx 7 hrs.

Day 5Killary 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 7.5 miles/12km, approx 4 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. (B,L,D)

Distance 8.5 miles/14km, approx 6hrs.

Day 7Departure

This morning after a last bit of west coast exploration, we shall say goodbye to the Wild Atlantic Way coast and transfer to Westport Train Station. (B)

*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements for 2019 departures. 

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2019 Trip Dates

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27th Apr - 3rd May 2019
€1,710
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18th May - 24th May 2019
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1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019
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22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2019
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13th Jul - 19th Jul 2019
€1,710
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10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019
€1,710
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31st Aug - 6th Sep 2019
€1,710
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A truly enjoyable trip
Some difficult terrain so be wary if not particularly fit or unfamiliar with hill walking

Philip Chambers
10/09/2018

5

I loved (almost) every minute of it - and we got the most out of it. Pls keep it in your programme cause it is worth it! You could consider staying in Leenane instead of Delphi - it is beautifully situated by Killery harbour.

Inga Ebert
07/09/2018

5

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