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3 Peaks Challenge - Guided Tour

Prices from

€795.00

Duration

5days


This tour provides you with an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will help you succeed in summiting 3 spectacular peaks in Counties Mayo and Galway. You concentrate on the walks and enjoying the incredible vistas while we will transfer you and your luggage and organise your accommodation in welcoming, cosy hotels or B&Bs at the end of each day.

Moderate fitness is required as is appropriate walking apparel. The 3 peaks you will climb have been specially chosen and offer truly rewarding views from their summits. Alternative routes will be arranged by your guide should adverse weather conditions occur. This is a wonderful short walking break in a walker's paradise!


Details

Duration:

 

5 days (4 nights)

Tour dates 2017:

 

This tour starts every Tuesday (between April and October). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

Level:

 

Guided walks on 3 significant peaks.

Equipment:

 

Correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

Accommodation:

 

3* hotels or approved B&B’s & guesthouse

Meals:

 

All Irish breakfasts.

Transfers:

 

All luggage transfers from accommodation to accommodation.
Transfers to and from the start and finish of each walk, transfer from your last night's accommodation to Recess bus stop where you can catch a bus back to Galway.

Miscellaneous:

 

An experienced and knowledgeable guide will be with you on each of the walks.

Contact point:

 

A Connemara Adventure Tours representative will meet you either on the afternoon of your arrival or the following morning.

Departure point:

 

You depart from your last night’s accommodation in Lough Inagh and you will be brought to Recess bus stop.

Further info on getting to/from Ireland and your tour start point can be found here


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Westport

You arrive today in the historic, colourful town of Westport and settle into your accommodation. We will meet you either on the evening of arrival or the following morning (depending on your arrival time) to go through your itinerary and answer any questions you have about your tour.

 

Day 2

Croagh Patrick

Today you will be taking on Ireland's 'Holy Mountain' and following in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims who climb what is known locally as 'The Reek' to reach some breathtaking views at the summit, over the bays and islands along the Atlantic Coast. Your guide will tell you about the history of the mountain and the surrounding areas and maybe even reward you with a snack at the summit for achieving your first peak! Following your first day's excursion you will be transferred to your accommodation in the village of Leenane in Co Galway. Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord, the village enjoys what is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Ireland. The Leenane Hotel has played host to Kings and Mortals for the last three centuries and like all good things, has improved with age! Originally established as a Coaching Inn, the earliest records show that there has been an establishment in existence here since the 1790's. The hotel also offers the only saltwater seaweed baths in Connemara, very popular with walkers after long hikes and climbs!

Day 3

Mweelrea/Leenane Horseshoe

Today you will be picked up by your guide and brought to the start of your biggest challenge of the tour - Mweelrea mountain, the highest mountain in the West of Ireland. At 814m, it is the highest mountain in Connaught and is guarded on all sides by craggy slopes giving the impression that it is unconquerable. It is flanked on one side by Killary Harbour and on the other side by Doolough Pass, a glaciated valley. There are no easy ascents of this mighty mountain and your guide will show you how to approach with caution and enjoy the panorama of the mountains, coast and surrounding islands. Please note that this climb is weather dependent and can become treacherous in bad conditions. Should these conditions occur your guide will choose an alternative route in the valley for you to explore today. Once again you will stay in Leenane where you can relax and ease tired muscles after conquering your second peak!

Day 4

Ben Baun, ‘The white peak’

Today you set out with your guide to ascend your third and final peak. Ben Baun, meaning 'the White Peak' is known as the Mont Blanc of Connemara, and is the highest mountain in Co. Galway and the highest peak in the Twelve Bens mountain range. A small range, in the classic West of Ireland style, the Twelve Bens offers excellent hiking over rocky scree and boulders, with fabulous views in all directions. With five valleys cut deep into its sides, there simply is not a large enough mountain footprint to get in the way of your views. You can truly appreciate the indented, irregularly shaped Connemara coastline. Not to mention the innumerable lakes and bog pools that encircle the mountains. Today's walk will see you reach your goal and you can celebrate reaching all three peaks at the summit!! Afterwards you will be brought to your accommodation at Lough Inagh Valley, where you can rest and relax. Later that evening if you are feeling up to it you might like to visit the nearby Lough Inagh Fishing Lodge where you can enjoy a well deserved pint of Guinness to celebrate your achievement!

Day 5

Breakfast and departure

You will be transferred to Recess bus stop to catch a bus back to Galway.


Accommodation

The B&B option means you will get to stay in a family home where the personal touch and attention to detail is second to none. A true Irish welcome awaits you as well as home-cooked food, comfort and a taste of traditional Irish life.

While you may be staying in part of the family home this does not mean that you will not have privacy and high standards of accommodation you require. Cosy rooms, modern facilities and care and attention are what these properties excel in.

When you select this tour you will have the chance to stay in either hotels or B&B/guesthouse accommodation. The 3* hotels that have been selected are all comfortable, well-appointed properties which also boast their own character and style. You may find yourself in a historic manor house hotel, one with a modern twist or get a 'room with a view' overlooking a shimmering lake or a golden beach.

However they all share the same high standards of hospitality and service and will guarantee you a warm welcome, good food and a relaxing experience after your day on the road.


Testimonials

"The freedom of having a guide just for us two, with whom we could choose our walks everyday was superb. Ciaran was a great guide and all the arrangements went like clockwork. Thanks again"

Bob and Rita - June 2017 
 


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


B&B

Double/Twin/Triple

€795.00

B&B Single

€865.00

B&B Solo

€1,375.00

3* Hotel

Hotel Double/Hotel Twin/Hotel Triple

€955.00

3* Hotel Single

€1,055.00

3* Hotel Solo

€1,545.00


Terms and conditions

To secure your booking, we will request 30% deposit per person. Please note this is a non-refundable payment. The balance payment is due 30 days before the tour starts.

If your tour start date is within 30 days of booking, the full, non-refundable payment is required upon booking.

We do not organise travel to/from Ireland. However there is some useful information on our “Getting To Ireland” page.