Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions. This April will be the 9th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival which has become a major event on the events calendar for Connemara and the area. The 2017 event will take place on from the 28th April – 1st May bank Holiday.
This great festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level plus an archaeology fieldtrip on the Sunday. This year the programme includes: Mweelrea, Ben Gorm, Derryclare Horseshoe, 12 Bens, Connemara National Park & The Killary Famine Trail.
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land.
With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day.
We will have details of the Friday nights entertainment closer to the event but there will be a Table Quiz on the Saturday, and the weekend will finish with a Céili on the Sunday evening! Keep an eye here and on Facebook as we will keep you updated!
We would like to thank all the landowners for giving us permission to use their land for the weekend. Leenane Mountain Walking Festival is organised by a group of locals who want to help make this amazing part of the country accessible to everyone, give people a chance to see what the West of Ireland has to offer and also help bring business to the local community. Any surplus profits are re circulated back into the Leenane Development Association.
All guided walks are led by qualified and experienced guides, aided by locals with vast knowledge and information on the area. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day. All walkers are covered by Public Liability Insurance.
Bia Blas Cafe in the Sheep & Wool Museum will be opening early on Saturday & Sunday morning and will have packed lunches available for walkers! Why not make life easy on yourself and grab one! You can Pre order you lunches by phoning Bia Blas on 087 9403560
If you would like to do a walk in the area at other times of the year you could try the Western Way with its new upgraded section. For full details click here.
There are also many mountain guides based locally. Contact us for further information.