This route starts at Oughterard and follows the shore of Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low level way through the great quartzite ranges of the Maum Turks and Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of Killary Harbour and junction with the Western Way (Mayo) near Leenane.
Route Details: Oughertard, Maam, Maumeen, Inagh, Toorenacoona, Leenane. - Total Distance: 50km / 31 miles.
Oughterard to Leenane
This route starts at Oughterard and follows the shore of Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low level way through the great quartzite ranges of the Maumturks and Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of Killary Harbour and junction with the Western Way (Mayo) near Leenane.
Route Details: Oughertard, Maam, Maumeen, Inagh, Toorenacoona, Leenane. - Distance: 50km / 31 miles.
Oughterard to Maam
Western Way takes you along the banks of one of Ireland longest lake, Lough Corrib, a world- renowned fishing Lough for freshwater trout and salmon. It is said that Lough Corrib has an island for every day of the year, so as we stroll along you will have a chance to count them. This section of the Western Way is on a narrow country road that leads to into a plantation of Silver Birch and conifers.
Over the Owenree River and onto an area of open moorland, it is this wilderness area that will give you your first great sense of remoteness. Wild flowers like, Sundew, Butterwort, Bog Asphodel and many more wild species grow in abundance here. The trail eventually leads us onto an old bog road that is only used today by the local people, mainly for the harvesting of peat and to take the sheep to and from the mountains.
Distance: 14Km, Ascent: 80Mtrs 225Ft
Maam to Lough Inagh
Maam was a location for the 1952 film "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The remains of the Quiet Mans Cottage are to be found here. Heading towards Maumeen and following an ancient pilgrim's trail that takes you into the Maumturk Mountains. Today it is a place of pilgrimage and the site of a small church, a holy well and a statue of St. Patrick. As you advance further west into the Maumturks the awe-inspiring views of the surrounding countryside of Connemara starts to unfold before our eyes as we look out over the impressive peaks of the Twelve Bens, Galway Bay , Lough Inagh and much more. The trail takes us down into the Inagh Valley in Connemara .
Distance: 15Km, Ascent: 340Mtrs
Kylemore to Leenane
Into the Inagh Valley, following an old Coach Road Northwest along a broad flat valley that is flanked by two great mountain ranges, the Twelve Bens and the Maumturks. Dotted along this section or the trail is the remains of some old ruined farm dwellings, the outline of the small fields and cultivated ridges, a stark reminder of the Great Famine of 1845 to 1849. Leaving the valley behind out trail takes us through a conifer plantation, out onto open moorland on the north western slopes on the Maumturks. From here we will have some extensive views across Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, definitely a spot for the enthusiastic photographer. Our walk finishes in the quaint village of Leenane.
Distance: 14Km. Ascent: 150 Mtrs
Oughterard Golf Club
Oughterard Golf Club is an 18 Hole parkland course, which is lined with mature native Irish trees, including Oak, Hazel and Birch. It is an excellent test of golf, with numerous water features, sand bunkers etc. that are strategically placed to protect the par of the course.
The Golf Club is renowned for its hospitality and is an ideal venue to include on a golfing holiday in the West of Ireland.
See http://www.oughterardgolfclub.com/ for more information or call 091 552 131.
Connemara Golf Club
Connemara Golf Club ; 27 Hole Links Course, located ten miles from Clifden. Galway's premier links course. Nestled between the mountains and the sea in the West of Ireland, the Connemara Championship Golf Links is an exhilarating golfing experience.
Connemara Isles Golf Club
Annaghavane Island, Lettermore, County Galway
Scenic 9 hole course located near Carraroe. This unique island course has some of the most beautifully scenic golf holes in the country.
Renvyle Golf Course
A challenging 9 Hole, with brilliant Connemara scenery, located on the grounds of Renvlye House - Green Fees €15 per day.
Bearna Golf and Country Club ; Corbally, Barna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)91 592677
Located approx. 8km from Galway City and 3km north of Barna village, this golf course is set in typical rugged Connemara countryside with fairways constructed between rocks and heather. The inspired creativity of its designer R.J. Browne in the siting of tees and sand-based greens in the celebrated beauty of West of Ireland's Connemara landscape has produced a course of glamorously proportioned holes. Water comes into play at thirteen of the eighteen holes, each one boasting unique features which together test the golfer's total repertoire of skills. Caddy hire available. Dress code is neat & casual. Full canteen facilities available with full bar menu and restaurant.
The well-known Carna Loughs are a group of lakes in the Carna-Kilkieran district of south Connemara. They all hold brown trout and occasional sea trout. The sea trout run from mid-June and fishing lasts from then until the end of September or early October, depending on the weather. Carna Anglers' Association control the fishing on Lough Keeraun, Lough Truskan, Lough Sheedagh and Lough Skannive.
A1 TopSail ; The Anchorage, Letterard, Cashel, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)86 8236406 Email: email@example.com
Charter a boat and experience the holiday of a lifetime. No strangers to the skippered charter scene, your skipper Matt Connelly and cook Jeanette Connolly will ensure you enjoy your sailing experience even if you've never sailed before in your life! Whether its peace and tranquility you want or fun you can take time out to watch "The Sun Go Down on Galway Bay" and still enjoy a walk or visit the local hostelries around Connemara's islands and shores.
Féile Curach na hÁirde Móire ; Carna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)95 32544
Féile Mhic Dara ; Carna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)95 32758
Féile na mBád Cill Chiaráin ; Kilkieran, County Galway
Tel: Michael Coyne Jnr. +353 (0)87 2989291.