Enjoy any of our SATURDAY 5th May 2018 walks with a one day ticket.
Walk One - Category A - Benbaun (Galways highest Mountain) **SOLD OUT**
The Twelve Bens (Na Beanna Beola means the peaks of Beola) is a mountain range of 12
peaks that are visible from almost any point in Connemara. The mountains domineer much
of the topography of the area with grey glassy peaks and boggy open hillsides. Sheer cliffs
amid long glaciated valleys and torn streams make this walk demanding and dramatic and
The walk along a bog road on the valley floor. The first real climb starts after 2km where a
narrow spur rises towards the summit, the ground then steepens so the walk follows a
sheep track across the face of BenBaun to a Mass rock. The walk then skirts around a
loose shale section and continues upward through rugged terrain to the summit of BenBaun
(725m). From here take in the views of real Connemara and the innumerable dappled lakes
as the walk horseshoes around the hill to Muckanaght (654m). A rugged decline to
Maumnascapla, one of the many cols which then rises immediately onto Benbrack (582m)
and Benbaun (beag) (477m). It is here that the Kylemore valley opens up and there are
spectacular views of the abbey, church, lakes aswell as Benchoona and Ballinakill Harbour.
The homeward downhill is soft and easy going and joins onto an old trail alongside the
Mweelin River. Overall you will have engaged with 5 of the 12 Bens.
Distance: c. 15km
Duration: c. 7/8 hrs
Ascent: c. 1180m Total Climb
Walk Two - Category B - Sheefry **SOLD OUT**
Sheeffry Mountains (Cnoic Shíofra or the Fairy Mountains) are a series of hills, clustered
through grassy led quiet slopes and weathered rock outcrops. The walk starts close to the
Sheeffry pass, with views across to Tawnyard Lough, Bengorm and Bencreggan. Most of
the climbing will be complete after 3.5km when the mountain plateaus out at Tievnabinnia.
From there the walk skirts the narrow path on a very slight incline past trigonometrical point
at Tievummera (762m); the going is easy and soft. The views are spectacular with steep
slopes and cliffs on both sides of the narrow path, Doolough and the Delphi valley are
visible along with Mweelrea and Atlantic coastline glimpses.
A short stony downhill scramble just below the brow after the summit needs to be cautiously
approached, before straggling downwards towards the Glenkeen valley and Carrowniskey
River. The Sheeffry Mountains often receive little acclaim but the scenery, landscape and
experience are second to none, this walk takes you through the best of it.
Distance: c. 13km
Duration: c. 5+ hrs
Ascent: c. 960m Total Climb
Grade: Moderate / Hard
Walk Three - Category C - Western Way Tawnyard To Aashleagh **SOLD OUT**
This trail is a section of the wonderful Western Way from Tawnyard at the base of the
Sheeffry Mountains and finishes at Aasleagh near Leenane. The walk starts out at a
spectacular layby overlooking Tawnyard Lake and Glenumera forest. The trail is primarily
flat and starts at the highest point so it is as they say ‘all downhill’. The initial sheltered
gravel roadway creeps downward towards the eastern side of Tawnyard and Derrintin
Lakes, along planted pine, heather and bog cotton meadows. The walk then reaches the
valley floor at Houstons Bridge along the pristine waters of Erriff River. Views of the Partry
and Maumtrasna Mountains dominate the skyline to the south while Bengorm Mountain
introduces itself gradually to the North. The southern grassy riverbank plays host to the
downstream dry trail westward, which meanders casually with glimpses of wildlife such as
otters, kingfishers, salmon, fox and heron to name but a few. The sounds, sights and scents
of this riparian arena are captivating, the water rumbling amplifies as the walk brings you
intimate with fabulous Aasleagh waterfall underneath the dominant Scots pine. And like the
sea greets the river, so must the walker meet trails end, for now.
Distance: c. 10km
Grade: Easy – suitable for all.
Walk Four - Category C - Killary Famine Trail **SOLD OUT**
Beginning in Rosroe this 7k walk along the famine road that was built by the starving Irish peasants during the Great Famine of 1845 – 1849.
The walk passes through the now deserted village of Foher where the ruins of several houses can be seen.
Distance: c. 11km
Grade: Easy – suitable for all. The track can be wet and boggy in places.
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