Aug
1
Sat
Mweelrea Mountain Hike @ Mweelrea
Aug 1 all-day

A difficult five-eight hour hike to the tallest mountain in Connaught. Features dramatic rocks, spectacular scenery including mountains, beach, bog and coastline and including the ancient burial cairn purported to be of Diarmuid O Duibhne (who fled with Grainne on the eve of her wedding to Fionn MacCumhail). Distance is about 10km with about 800m of climbing. Rocky terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and long grass. Requires very good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor layers (waterproof jacket/trousers, fleece, hat, gloves. The Long-term weather is forecast suggests it will be mostly dry with occasional light showers and a fresh westerly wind and bright spells possible

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.

Aug
10
Wed
Maumeen to Maumahoige Mountain Hike @ Maamturk Mountains
Aug 10 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

A strenuous five-eight hour mountain climb of four peaks in the Marvelous Maumturk Mountain range. Features dramatic quatrzite mountainsides, mountain passes and stunning valleys. 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 surfaced 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 and (3 places currently available). The weather is generally showery and windy.

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.

Jul
23
Sun
Omey Races (TBC)
Jul 23 all-day

Often referred to as ‘The other Galway Races’, the Omey Races take place annually on the strand at Omey Strand, Claddaghduff in Connemara. Re-established as a tradition in 2001, the annual summer races have been steadily attracting greater numbers every year and last year drew a crowd of almost 5000 people for a wonderful day of sun, sand, sea and of course, horse racing. With up to nine races on the card, there’s opportunities for young, upcoming jockeys to hone their skills, while providing a great day out for spectators. The races this year are being held on Sunday, July TBC. The first race will be off at 1pm sharp, so don’t miss out.