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Hike the Mountains of West Ireland

Climb two of the Connemara region’s best mountains. 4 days.

Experience the wild mountains of the West of Ireland. Hike the highest mountain in the region, stay in a spectacular waterfront hotel on Ireland’s only fjord and relax and unwind in the majestic mountain scenery.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 2 days trekking
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Experienced, certified guide
  • Transfers between accommodations

Perfect for

Mountain lovers looking to experience the West of Ireland. A good level of fitness is required for two days of challenging mountain walking.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Transport too and from the start and finish points
  • Meals except for breakfasts
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Daysack to hike with
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks e.g. energy bars
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Layered walking clothing
  • Casual wear for the evenings

Due to the nature of the hiking, this trip is not suitable for children.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the start and end point on the trip.

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Location

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This adventure takes place in the Connemara region of County Galway in Ireland. Connemara is a cultural region that was once the home of the Conmance, an early tribal group. In modern times, Connemara retains its strong historical links and is known as an important region for traditional Irish culture.

The Connemara region has a diverse geography and spectacular scenery with majestic mountains set against the rugged Atlantic coast. The area has a wild and tranquil feel that is sure to appeal to nature lovers. During your trip you will stay for two nights in Killary Harbour, a 16 kilometre long flooded valley that is often called the only fjord in Ireland. The sheltered waters of Killary Harbour are a haven for marine creatures, if you’re lucky you may spot the resident harbour seals, dolphins and

The West of Ireland features rugged mountainous terrain and during this adventure, you will take on two of its greatest peaks. Croagh Patrick is 764 metres tall and is known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain. The peak was historically an important pilgrimage site. In modern times, 30,000 people still maintain the tradition and climb Croagh Patrick every year on “Reek Sunday”. Mweelrea Mountain is the highest peak in the West of Ireland standing at 814 metres. Its craggy sides offer a stiff challenge and a rewarding day out.

Start point

The trip begins at your accommodation in Westport, County Mayo. Your local host will be in touch before travel to confirm the location. You can arrive anytime between 14:00 and 19:00.

Finish point

Your adventure ends at the Leenane Hotel in Killary Harbour at 09:00 on day 4. From here you are free to explore some more or begin your journey home.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrive

Your adventure begins at your accommodation in the town of Westport, in County Mayo, Ireland. Depending on what time you arrive, your local host will either meet you in the evening or first thing in the morning to go through the itinerary and answer any questions you may have.

Friday: Climbing The Holy Mountain

Today’s mission is Croagh Patrick, known locally as “The Reek”. Croagh Patrick’s 764m peak was once an important pilgrimage site and it is known as Ireland’s holy mountain. 30,000 hikers still make the pilgrimage every year on “Reek Sunday”.

The route follows a good path that offers a stiff challenge whilst never being overly difficult. On a clear day, there are expansive views from the summit over the Clew Bay. Along the way, your experienced guide will explain the mountain’s history.

Once back down, you will be transferred to your next night’s accommodation in Killary Harbour. This flooded valley is known by many as “the only fjord in Ireland”. Although academics debate its classification as a fjord, Killary’s beauty is undeniable. It is a tranquil place to relax and unwind.

Saturday: Hiking Mweelrea Mountain

Today you will be taking on the highest peak in the West of Ireland, Mweelrea Mountain. Mweelrea stands at an impressive 814 metres above sea level. It is flanked on one side by Killary Harbour and on the other by the glacial valley of Doolough pass.

At first glance, the mountains craggy sides look impenetrable. Your guide will lead you up the steep rocky paths to the summit where, on a clear day, you can enjoy the well-earned panoramic views of the surrounding area.

After hiking back down, you will spend another night in the historic Leenane Hotel in Killary Harbour. There is plenty of time to enjoy your last evening overlooking the fjord, breathing in the fresh air and resting tired legs after climbing two brilliant mountains.

Sunday: Departure

After a few days of adventuring in wild Ireland, it can feel hard to leave. Enjoy your last breakfast and a stroll around Killary Harbour before heading home or on to new adventures.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Your first night’s accommodation will be either in the Clew Bay Hotel or the Linden Hall Hotel. Both are well located in the town of Westport allowing you to easily explore the town. Both hotels offer comfortable accommodation with en-suite rooms and all mod cons.

Your accommodation on nights two and three will be in the Leenane Hotel set in spectacular position on the water’s edge in Killary Harbour. Originally built as a coaching inn during the 1790’s, the hotel has played host to royalty in its time. The hotel offers a luxurious accommodation in good sized en-suite rooms.

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