Walking through Connemara is one of, if not, the best way to see the area is all its glories. From the mountains to the sea, there is nature happening all around you in all shapes, sizes and colour for everyone to enjoy.
Here are just some of the routes Connemara has to offer for those who like a leisurely stroll to those who like a challenge.
Connemara National Park
With some lovely walks to choose from on the grounds, Connemara National Park is one for everyone to enjoy and is open all year around. Enjoy a cup of tea afterwards in their tea room. Open all year around but note the park closes during times of any weather warnings.
The Diamond Hill Trail is a 2-4 hours climb to the top of Diamond Hill where one can enjoy the breath-taking views of Kylemore, Renvyle and Ballinakill Bay. The distance is roughly a 500m ascent which includes the Upper Diamond hill walk of 3.7km and the Lower Diamond hill walk is 3km where you join onto the Bog Road trail. Terrain includes stone steps, wooden trail and surfaced road which is quite narrow as you get closer to the top. Make sure to watch out for some woolly friends on the descend which includes both sheep and wild goats.
The Ellis Wood is a gentle two hours walk which is pathed and includes some hiking-so bring your boots.
An easy-to-moderate 2-4 hour hike which is flexible in distance and difficulty. Enjoy panoramic views of the 12 Bens and Roundstone Bog along with landscapes of oak woodland and rivers and changeable terrain.
The Derrigimlagh walk is a flat hike which explores the site where Alcock and Browns first transatlantic flight landed and also where the first transatlantic telecommunications took place. The historic ruins of the telecommunications complex can be seen here amongst the Roundstone Bog and the terrain across gravel trails and boardwalks invites visitors to enjoy the scenic bogland home to many types of flora and fauna.
Located in the Inagh Valley near Recess this walk includes some hiking also. With features of woodland and lovely lakes, this 10km walk offers a mixed terrain of both rough woodland, open hill and forest track.
Dogs Bay and Gurteen Peninsula
A 6km coastal walk with terrain of grass, sand and some rock, this 3 hour walk is on the Gurteen peninsula near Roundstone and Ballyconneely and is a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Locally known as Letter Hill, this trek covers a distance of about 12km and can take from 4 hours up to complete. The terrain offers coastal scenery, historic stone walls and cottages, wet bog and rocky mountain tops. The Tully Mountain is moderately difficult but is flexible so hikes can be shortened if desired.
Killary Harbour Famine Walk
This 10km route offers spectacular views of Killary harbour which was once a hiding place for U-boats during the war and is where you will find the Republic of Irelands only Fjord. Accessible only by foot, the route for the most part will take you through the ruined famine village of Foher and along a famine relief road where cascading waterfalls descend under the track and the beautiful Mweelrea are the backdrop. Take a break along the route to enjoy the Killary Sheep Farm where you will see the magic of a working dog on a local farm.
Máméan Pilgrimage Walk
Máméan (The Passing of the Birds) is an ancient site of pilgrimage where the track formed an early access route to Connemara. Dating back to the 15th century, the area has strong connections to St Patrick where it is thought he blessed the lands of Connemara. Views of blanket bog and the 12 Bens accompany you along the stony track of the mountainside, which can be tricky to cross, help you to reach the small chapel (Cillin Pahadraig), a holy well, a mass alter and a rock in a cave-like hollow knows as St Patricks Bed. Annual pilgrim dates along this dramatic scenic route include the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, St Patricks Day and also the first Sunday in August-all of which are ever-growing events.
Starting Point coordinates: 53.417289, -9.913671
Distance approx: 6km Duration: approx.: 2.5 hours
Inishnee Loop located just outside Roundstone village takes you on minor country laneways and roads where you can enjoy a peaceful island walk.
The island has residential dwellings only, there are no amenities within the Inishnee Island, you will need to bear this in mind before heading off.
You will find a noticeboard within the mainland offering maps of the routes to take.
Derrigimlagh – Marconi Looped Walk
Starting Point coordinates: 53.461551, -10.022773
Distance approx.: 5km Duration; approx.: 1.5 hours
An interactive walk-through Connemara blanket bog land, discover the fascinating history of the first commercial wireless radio station and the crash-landing site of the world’s first transatlantic flight.
Ballynahinch Estate Walking Trails
Coordinates: 53.46020380777058 -9.8623859857355
Distance approx.: 16km Duration: Varies depending on route taken.
A variety of different trails surrounding the beautiful Ballynahinch Castle Hotel through woodland and alongside lakes and rivers. Enjoy the beauty of the walled gardens. Pop into The Fisherman’s Pub to enjoy some local cuisine, its always best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
The Western Way
This trail is a long-distance walking trail which starts in Oughterard and works toward Maum. From Maum you make your way to Inagh Valley where you will reach Killary Harbour near Leenane. The perfect escape to the Wilderness being you have always wanted to be.
Contact The Rural Recreation Officer on:
Galway 095 41116
Mayo 098 41950
For less experienced walkers and families, the Diamond Hill Trail in the Connemara National Park is well sign-posted and highly accessible, and those who make it to the top are rewarded with expansive panoramic vistas across Connemara.There are four trails in Connemara National Park. A Must when you visit Connemara. There is also a lovely coffee shop and great playground for the kids... Read More >>
Electric and Hybrid Bike Hire and Tours – Roam the highways and byways of Connemara at your leisure. Make molehills out of those mountains, cruise gently along the bog road, and strike out those quite, secluded beaches that are now within easy reach! Read More >>
Set between the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Ben Mountains and preserved boglands, lies the town of Clifden on the Coast of Connemara. Enhanced by spectacular scenery, championship golfing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, hill walking, beaches, fishing, scubadiving, painting, national parks, abbeys, castle ruins and over 5,000 years of living history. Read More >>
Wild Atlantic Way
Imagine driving along the absolute edge of Western Europe, Imagine exploring a 2,500km (1,553 miles) long coastline dotted with beaches, harbours, headlands and stunning viewing points, imagine stopping yourcar, feeling the salt spray in your face and the exhalation of Atlantic surf. You can do it all and more on the Wild Atlantic Way… a journey of inspiration! Read More >>
There's a wide range of fun outdoor activities in Connemara. Choose from coasteering, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing or hill walking.
Training is provided in mountain skills and navigation, lead climbing, white water kayaking. Read More >>
Connemara is surrounded by rivers and lakes that is home to world-class brown trout and the majestic Atlantic Salmon. Read More >>
Tours & Cruises
No visit to Connemara would be complete without a visit to Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland, and because of its sheltered nature, its waters are always calm. Read More >>
Two miles from Roundstone, on the road to Clifden, are two of the finest beaches in Ireland. Gurteen Beach and Dog’s Bay lie back to back forming a tombolo jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. Read More >>
Connemara offers many shops to enjoy, whether you're browsing for a special gift, or looking for a souvenir, or just treating yourself... See what's near to where you're staying...
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