Enjoy any of our SUNDAY 6th May 2018 walks with a one day ticket.
Walk One - Category A - Mweelrea (Connaughts highest Mountain)
Mweelrea Mountain (Cnoc Maol Réidh) is the highest mountain in Connaught (814m), rising
from the bowels of wild Atlantic seascape in dramatic upland ruggedness. The mountain
offers one of the finest panoramic views in Ireland on a good day although often shrouded
in mist and mystery, the walk is always best undertaken with a guide.
This year the walk will commence on the North shore of Doolough and through the gap in
the loughs to the natural Ramp path amid house sized boulders. The airy glacial cliff edges
pitch steadily to the first peak of Ben Bury, then skirting the horseshoe to the exposed
summit. The narrow split ridge leads north eastward with surges of long and sometimes
steep declines onto Tonatleva hill and a benign forest track guiding us tea-wards and bunbound
to the fabulous Delphi valley.
Distance: c.15 km
Duration: c. 7hrs
Ascent: c. 1120m Total Climb
Walk Two - Category B - Maamtrasna
Maumtrasna Mountains (Mám Trasna meaning the crossing pass) has abundant corrie
features carved coarsely throughout the mountain face, with uncompromising gullies, rock
configurations and geology. In comparison the summit is a large flat and boundlessly
indulgent plateau capable of potentially fitting many football pitches.
The walk will start with a meander along crystal clear streamscape and waterfalls. The first
climb will be gradual but start to steepen before the brow onto the Maumtrasna plateau. It is
difficult to find the summit here as it appears all flat but a short hike to trigonometrical
station Maumtrasna (673m) the landscape dramatically unfolds in appreciation of the views
of Lough Mask and Lough Nafooey. The walk then turns westward, along the belligerent
border between counties Mayo and Galway. The mountain drops down into a coll before a
steady push for the Devils Mother (645m); the views here are spectacular on a fine day with
evidence of glaciated valleys, Killary Fjord and Tawnaleen. The walk continues downhill
along the border softly and steadily until the first sight of the Carraig Bar is visible where the
smell of the scones and a warm cuppa will be a most teamly…I mean timely.
Duration: c. 5/6 hrs
Ascent: c. 980m Total Climb
Grade: Moderate / Hard
Walk Three - Category C - Western Way Leenane To Inagh
This trail is also a section of the wonderful Western Way and nearly a follow on from
Saturdays walk from Aasleagh. The walk starts out in the heart of the village which is at the
head of the Killary Harbour and follows the road westward past the pier to the offroad
section near Derrynacleigh. The first section is a gradual incline both grassy and rocky in
equal measure, with stunning views of the Killary which shimmers on the encompassing
mountain ranges of Mweelrea and Garraun. The walk is at its highest point after 2km at
120m, the trail then drumlins south towards the Glencraff valley and wood. Much of the
forest is being harvested at the moment; this has opened up views to the east of the
Maumturk Mountains and the silver peaked Twelve Bens to the west. The remoteness and
silence is enchanting, as the trail weaves along the soft floor of the Maumturks. The feeling
as you step forward here is that you are taking a step back in time, striding gurgling streams
and long boggy meadows, this is the essence and core of Connemara.
Distance: c. 15km
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