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Connemara & Western Way – 5 Day
3 - Ireland, Connemara & The West | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 5 Days | £433
This 5 Day tour encompasses the Wild Atlantic Way from the shores of Lough Corrib in Oughterard through the Connemara Mountains, to the shores of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only natural Fjord, and the picturesque village of Leenaun.
Tour Pricing & Dates
5 Day Tour – £433 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£120
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Easy to Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Travel to Oughterard
Travel to Oughterard where you will be picked up and taken to your guesthouse. Oughterard is a traditional village, nestled beside Lough Corrib (the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland), at the start of the Connemara Mountain Range and only 17km from Galway City.
Day 2 The Shores of Lough Corrib
Your first walk on the Western Way Connemara takes you along the southwestern shore of Lough Corrib one of the great western lakes of Europe, known practically all over for its trout and salmon fishing and its myriad of islands. Onto the town land of Curraun More, across the Owenree River and through the forest of Folore to join the Maam Road and your first glimpses of the breathtaking mountains of Connemara. This is a perfect introduction to walking in Connemara countryside, where you will see the landscape change from picturesque to truly wild, where it has largely been untouched by the modern world. Distance: 21km, Ascent: 110 m Approximate Walking Time: 5.30 hours
Day 3 The Pilgrim Trail
You will witness today the transformation of the landscape from yesterdays delightful scenery to the increasingly untamed, as you walk amidst the splendour of the Mamturk Mountains (The Pass of the Pig). The trail follows an old pilgrim route that rises gently between mountains at Maumean (the valley of the bird), passing St. Patrick’s Church and Holy Well as you travel. It is said that St. Patrick rested in this spot on his way to Croagh Patrick near Westport. Crossing the spine of the Mamturk Mountains you will be presented with some fantastic views in both directions, back into the Maam Valley and ahead to the “Twelve Bens” mountain range on the far side of the Inagh Valley with its stunning lake dotted with islands and a Crannog (an ancient manmade lake dwelling). Distance: 15 km, Ascent 280 m Approximate walking time 4.5 hrs
Day 4 Lough Inagh to Leenaun
You depart Lough Inagh by walking directly from your accommodation via an old road that dates back hundreds or possibly thousands of years. The trail contours the base of the Mamturk Mountains passing some old ruined deserted settlements as you travel. This area is now completely uninhabited and has been since the time of the great famine of 1845. This is one of the most remote parts of the trail where there is a sense of peace and a great distance from the bustle of modern life and its conflicts. As you descend into the village of Leenaun some great views will open up to you of Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord”. Glaciers moving off the mountains over ten thousand years ago, carved this fjord from the underlying rock and was subsequently filled by the Atlantic Ocean. Your day finishes in Leenaun, a village nestling on the shore of Killary Harbour and backed by the mountains. Distance: 14 km, Ascent 85 m Approximate walking time 4 hrs
Day 5 Depart
After Breakfast you will depart from Westport by public transport on your onward journey.
✓ 4 nights B&B
✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Maps and All Route Notes
✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way
✓ Luggage transfers daily while you walk
✓ All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
✓ Full back up service should you require it while on our tour