May
1
Fri
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival @ Leenane
May 1 all-day

The 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will take place from the 1st – 3rd May, 2015. The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival has become a major successful event for Connemara and the area.

This festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and there is also a guided cycle on both days of the festival. This year’s programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea Mountain walk as well as Maamtrasna, Ben Gorm and the Sheffreys to name a few. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand, as is Geologist Kevin O Callaghan. The full programme of events can be found on the village website. www.leenanevillage.com
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides. The unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided. A unique part of the experience is on return, walkers are greeted with tea/coffee & scones from various local businesses.
Other evening events over the weekend will include a talk from local amateur historian & ceili

May
2
Sat
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival @ Leenane
May 2 all-day

The 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will take place from the 1st – 3rd May, 2015. The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival has become a major successful event for Connemara and the area.

This festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and there is also a guided cycle on both days of the festival. This year’s programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea Mountain walk as well as Maamtrasna, Ben Gorm and the Sheffreys to name a few. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand, as is Geologist Kevin O Callaghan. The full programme of events can be found on the village website. www.leenanevillage.com
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides. The unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided. A unique part of the experience is on return, walkers are greeted with tea/coffee & scones from various local businesses.
Other evening events over the weekend will include a talk from local amateur historian & ceili

May
3
Sun
Leenane Mountain Walking Festival @ Leenane
May 3 all-day

The 8th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival will take place from the 1st – 3rd May, 2015. The Leenane Mountain Walking Festival has become a major successful event for Connemara and the area.

This festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level and there is also a guided cycle on both days of the festival. This year’s programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea Mountain walk as well as Maamtrasna, Ben Gorm and the Sheffreys to name a few. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand, as is Geologist Kevin O Callaghan. The full programme of events can be found on the village website. www.leenanevillage.com
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides. The unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided. A unique part of the experience is on return, walkers are greeted with tea/coffee & scones from various local businesses.
Other evening events over the weekend will include a talk from local amateur historian & ceili

May
16
Sat
Inishbofin Half Marathon & 10K @ Inishbofin Community Centre
May 16 @ 10:00 am

Inishbofin Half Marathon and 10K takes place on May 16th 2015 on the beautiful island of Inishbofin, on Connemara’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way.

Whether you’re a serious runner looking for a new challenge, or a rookie looking to run, jog or walk on quiet roads, the route offers a mix of flat and inclined terrain, meandering through fine scenery, with spectacular views of the beautiful Connemara mountains.

Walk, jog or run past pristine beaches, bogs and mountains, while raising vital funds for Down Syndrome Galway’s speech and language therapy project.

Race fee €55 includes race entry, boat ticket, T-shirt, post race refreshments and evening BBQ and music

Sep
27
Sun
National Park Hike @ Connemara National Park
Sep 27 @ 11:15 am

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.

May
21
Sat
Derryclare Woods Hike @ Derryclare woods
May 21 @ 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm

A gentle two-three hour guided walk in the special deciduous wood in the Inagh Valley near Recess. Features stunning woodland with deciduous and coniferous trees, lakes and great views of the 12 Bens. The wild flowers will be in bloom – hopfully the bluebells still. Distance is about 10km, with only about 150m of climbing. The terrain is a mix of forest track, rough woodland and wet open hill so strong boots with ankle support are needed. Also requires outdoor clothing, food and water. Costs €35/person, places currently available for booking in advance. The weather is generally showery and windy.

Jun
28
Tue
Roundstone Bog Adventure Hike @ Roundstone Bog
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

A moderate and gentle four-six hour hike of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex. A very special walk. Features extensive rare bog habitat, quaking bog, a multitude of lakes and includes the historic Derrygimla site where ground breaking transatlantic communications took place (Marconi’s wireless telegraphy, Alcock & Brown’s flight landing spot). Distance is about 10km with some gentle climbing. Terrain is mainly very rough wet bogland, along with sheep track, long grass and surfaced minor road; requires waterproof boots with good ankle support and grip. Also bring some food, water and outdoor layers. Costs euro 40/person with places currently available for booking in advance. Involves a car drop as this is a linear walk.

Aug
11
Thu
Glencorbett Mountain Horseshoe Hike @ Glencorbett
Aug 11 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

A strenuous five-eight hour mountain hike of three of the 12 Bens including Benbaun – the highest peak in County Galway. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys, a nice ridge and a beautiful river that has to be waded. Distance is about 13km with about 1100m of total climbing (two hard climbs and some steep descents). Terrain includes rocky mountain tops, steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and unpaved road. Requires a high level of fitness, a head for heights, and strong walking boots with good ankle support and multi-layer outdoor clothes (including waterproof jacket/pants, fleece, hat, gloves) plus, food and water. Costs €80/person (3 places currently available). The weather is generally showery and windy.

Aug
23
Tue
Mweelin Mountain Hike @ 12 Bens
Aug 23 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

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.

Oct
8
Sat
Mweelin Mountain Hike – Paul Phelan @ Booking Required
Oct 8 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

hill-walking

Mweelin Mountain Hike

Saturday 8th October @ 11.30am

Mweelin Mountain Hike with walking guide Paul Phelan. A difficult 4-6 hour mountain climb of three nearby peaks in the wild 12 Bens; Benbaun (Mweelin), Benbrack and Knockbrack.

BOOKING REQUIRED: €70