Hill Walking & Hiking in Connemara
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