Walking & Hiking
Connemara - Miles upon miles and then more miles of some of the most breathtaking and stunning that Earth has to offer. From gentle strolls to coastal walks to hill climbs with views over the glens, out onto the wild Atlantic ocean and across the bog lands and lakes, Connemara is a haven for walkers and hikers from the debutants to the highly experienced. So what have we here in THE MAOL REIDH to offer. AS each group have different requirements we are more than happy to converse and assist you in putting together your trip. Here in base camp you can be assured of a warm welcome, warm comfortable rooms and quality food with emphasis on local seafood's and lamb. A good breakfast to start the day is a surety. Furthermore, we will be happy to assist in planning routes, advising on transport arrangements and putting together packed lunches. For a good ramble, take no gambles and call us to assist you.
An easy three-four hour flat hike exploring the historic Marconi site and part of the Roundstone Bog complex. The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point of Derrigimlagh, or Derrygimla, is where the first ever transatlantic telecommunications took place and where Alcock & Brown's first non-stop transatlantic fight landed. The ruins of the Marconi telecommunications complex are located in the midst of the very special Roundstone Bog habit with its unique flora and fauna and multitude of lakes. Terrain includes gravel trails, boardwalks, and wet bogland.
Diamond Hill Walk
A moderate two-four hour climb to the top of Diamond Hill along the trail in the Connemara National Park. Distance is ~7km with ~500m of total ascent. Features blanket bog, extensive heather, stunning views of the mountains, islands and coastline and the possibility of wildlife. There are some steep sections that require the use of hands. Terrain includes stone steps, trail, and surfaced minor road. Boots and outdoor clothing are preferable along with a reasonable level of fitness. Also, it can be quite windy on top.
An easy two-three hour hike around the beautiful tidal Omey island near Claddaghduff, which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features beautiful sand, dunes, rare grassland, remains of an old church and houses, a holy well and birdlife. Distance is about 8km with some gentle climbing. Terrain includes beach, grass, track and surfaced minor road. This walk includes crossing the intertidal strand to this historic island. This walk can be done in sandals (and bare feet on the sand and some of the grass if you wish).
The famine walk at Fohar ( Killary Harbour )
A two-three hour hike along the shore of Ireland’s only Fjord. Features dramatic coastal landscape, with the Fjord, the dramatic Mweelrea mountain, bog land and stunning views, passing the Killary Sheep Farm (working dogs and turf cutting). The terrain includes small road, rocky trail (Famine Relief Road) and boggy track. The distance is about 6km with about 140m of climbing (assuming a drop off and pick up). Requires a reasonable level of fitness and walking boots/shoes (preferably waterproof) with ankle support, along water and outdoor clothing (also preferably waterproof).