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Walking in Connemara

6 Days & 5 Nights 3.5 Read 4 reviews
  • Escape to Connemara on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast
  • The picturesque town of Clifden with its plethora of fine dining restaurants
  • Hike the foothills of the Maumturk Mountains on the Western Way
  • Exceptional island walking on Inishbofin and Omey
  • Always a wave and a warm welcome from the lovely locals
Connemara National Park is an iconic wild landscape offering coastal, island and mountain discovery, on the western edge of Europe. As Oscar Wilde put it “Connemara is a savage beauty” and the best way to explore it is on foot. Experience the unforgettable views across to the Twelve Ben Mountains and the small bays and coves of its sublime peninsulas that reach out into the ocean. This is a stunning section of the Wild Atlantic Way. Experience Clifden, Connemara’s capital and its emerging reputation for the best food on Ireland’s west coast. Enjoy tasty seafood such as crab claws with delicious soda bread. Then walk the very pretty Aughrus peninsula, cross the sand flats to the tidal Isle of Omey and board a ferry to pretty Inishbofin Island. Walk the Western Way from Lough Inagh to Leenane, situated at the head of Killary Harbour, the Emerald Isle’s only true fjord.
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What To Expect

If you want to see the unspoilt and rugged beauty of Connemara in all its glory whilst taking relatively easy walks, with very few elevation gains and losses, then you should definitely take this tour. The warmth of the Irish people is second to none, the food and pub culture is incredible and the variety of walks along peninsulas, on islands and in the foothills the mountains, all capture the spirit of this truly magical part of Ireland.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This itinerary is graded easy to moderate and is suitable for regular walkers. There are very few elevation gains and losses and the most you will encounter is 150m elevation gain on a couple of the walks.  

It must be noted that in Ireland there are  no “public rights of way”. Therefore this itinerary does involve walking on roads which have low traffic, especially on the first few days so you will need to feel comfortable with walking on tarmacked surfaces. This is unavoidable to experience this area on foot, which is stunning, however at times you may have to watch out for traffic. The roads are pleasant to walk on though with great views and always with a friendly wave from the locals.

Navigation

The routes on this tour are not generally way-marked, except on the Western Way, However we provide you with route notes and detailed maps which will help you find your way. As much of the walking is on rural roads the navigation is not at all difficult and it is also possible to ask us for information about our Macs Adventure App.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations on this tour are a variety of hotels, B&B’s and guest houses. In Clifden the accommodation is of a higher standard as there are a number of choices. In Cleggan the accommodation is in simple yet very comfortable B&B’s. In Leenane the rooms are also simple but comfortable. However all-in-all they offer a particularly warm welcome, traditional hospitality and delicious full or continental Irish breakfasts.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.

Meals

A hearty Irish breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options.

Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch in local shops/cafés. For dinner there are nearby pubs and restaurants in each location.

Included
  • 5 Nights accommodation in B&B’s, hotels and guest houses
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Day 3: Transfer to Cleggan
  • Day 5: Transfer to the Western Way
  • Day 6: Transfer to Clifden or Maam Cross
  • Detailed information pack, route notes & OSi maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues
Excluded
  • Travel to Clifden
  • Travel from Leenane
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Ferry to/from Inishbofin Island
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
Extras
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk

When To Go

This walking tour is available between mid-April to mid-October. You can start on any date subject to availability. The walk is very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.

Getting to the Start

There is access to Galway from Dublin Airport on a Citylink bus. They run every hour and the journey takes about 3H. From Galway there is a Citylink bus to Clifden, which takes 1H30 and they run every 2-3 hours. Other useful travel websites are Bus Eireann and Irish Rail.

Should you wish to fly into Shannon Airport, there is also access from here to Clifden.  Take a bus from Shannon Airport to Galway (1H40) and then the Citylink bus as described above from Galway to Clifden.

Getting from the End

From Leenane a private transfer is included to either Maam Cross or Clifden (20 and 30 minute drives respectively). Citylink buses are available from both these locations to Galway, from where you can travel by bus to Dublin or Shannon Airports.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/ cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Ferry Information

The ferry from Cleggan pier to the Island of Inishbofin takes approximately 30 minutes. For ferry information use the following website, Inishbofin Island Discovery.  There is one ferry that leaves at approximately 11:30am and returns at approximately 5:00pm. However please be sure to view up to date timetables as during Easter week and on bank holidays schedules are different. We recommend buying your return ticket (approx €20) on the website in advance, although you can also buy a ticket locally.

Please note that schedules may change according to the tide and weather conditions and the ferry company also reserves the right to cancel ferries if the weather is extreme.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Clifden and overnight Day 2 Clifden to the Ardmore Peninsula on the Sky Road 11 miles / 17 km Day 3 Transfer to Cleggan. Ferry to Inishbofin Island and Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Walk across the sand flats to Omey Island 9 miles / 14 km Day 5 The Western Way to Leenane 11 miles / 17 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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