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.
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.
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.