A moderate four-five hour hike in the Connemara National Park from the village of Letterfrack. Going beyond the Diamond Trail into the Glanmore valley, towards the isolated Pooladirk river and the remains of a beautiful settlement below Bulog. Passing ancient pre-bog Scots Pine tree stumps, before visiting a megalithic (court) tomb and a spectacular wood. Distance is about 10km with about 400m of ascent, including some steep climbing and descents. Terrain includes rough/uneven open hillside (long grass, bog, rock), stone steps, trail, and surfaced minor road. Requires strong boots with good ankle support and outdoor layers (preferably waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece, hat gloves) along with a good level of fitness. Costs €50/person with places currently available. The weather is generally showery with moderate-fresh wind.
A three-four hour hike up to a mountain pass with a spectacular lake in the wild Maumturks range. Features a stunning mountain valley, with streams and a waterfall, leading up to the pass with the large corrie lake overlooked by dramatic peaks and with views beyond into the adjacent valley and to distant ranges (12 Bens, Joyce Country, Mweelrea, Maumtrasna). Strong mountain boots with ankle support are necessary for the uneven terrain of bog, steep open hillside and rocky lakeside. The distance is about 4km with 400m of total ascent so a reasonable level of fitness is required along with outdoor layers (preferably waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece, hat, gloves), food and water. Costs €45/person, guaranteed to proceed with a couple of places currently available. The weather generally showery and windy.
A difficult four-six hour mountain climb of three nearby peaks in the wild 12 Bens; Benbaun (Mweelin), Benbrack and Knockbrack. Features significant archaeology (a holy well, a megalithic tomb, a children’s burial ground), beautiful mountain landscape, and part of the Connemara National Park. Distance is about 8.5km with about 670m of total ascent. Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillsides, wet bog, sheep track and surfaced road. Requires good fitness, strong walking boots with good ankle support and multi-layer outdoor clothes (including waterproof jacket/pants, fleece, hat, gloves) along with food and water. Price is €70/person. The weather is generally showery and windy.