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Hiking the Mountains of Connemara and Mayo

27 review(s)

Next Trip(s): 20th Jun | 11th Jul Duration: 6 night(s)

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Region: West – Connemara, Burren & Aran Islands
Trip Type: Hiking
Comfort: Classic
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Trip Details

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
  • 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

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. (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)

Distance 7.5 miles/12km, approx 6hrs.

Day 3 – The Pilgrimage of Mám Éan

Hiking within Connemara’s beautiful Maumturks mountain range, you’ll follow Mám Éan, also called the Pass of the Birds, an ancient path through the mountains with a shrine dedicated to St Patrick at its end. 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, 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)

Distance 8 miles / 13km, approx 7 hrs.

Day 5 – 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 7.5 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 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 or have a peek at Westport’s many historical sites before we part ways at Westport Train Station.

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Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels 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.

Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Galway 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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20th Jun - 26th Jun 2020 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,710 Book Now
11th Jul - 17th Jul 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,710 Book Now
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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.

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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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That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your vacations truly memorable.

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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!

JM

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!

RS

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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