The Connemara skies are dominated by over fifty magnificent mountains in four tightly packed ranges, the Twelve Bens, Maum Turks, Partry and Sheffrey. These rugged mountains with quartzite peaks rise dramatically from the sea and low level bog and are divided by sweeping valleys. The mountains, though only two thousand feet in average height have been described as the ‘Alps in Miniature.’ The clustered Twelve Bens Range (Na Beanna Beola) are likened to dancing girls and form part of the Connemara National Park.
The Glancoaghan Horseshoe is rightly famous as one of the great mountain circuits of Ireland, incorporating eight rocky peaks in a tight arc of over eight miles of walking. Towering overall is Connaught’s highest mountain, Mweelrea (2,688 feet) at the mouth of Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. The smaller peaks of Tully Mountain, Errisbeg and Cashel Hill have a special charm of their own, standing as they do in splendid isolation with a mighty panorama of lakes, bogs and ocean.
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