Our Tours

Into the West

Prices from

€595.00

Duration

6days


Our six day Into the West walking tour introduces walkers to some of the most beautiful parts of the Connemara wilderness and the scenic coastline of West Mayo in the West of Ireland. The route, which follows much of the Western Way, starts in Maam, a tiny village on the shores of Lough Corrib in Galway county.

The walk leaves Maam, nestled amid the Maamturk mountains, to journey through the Inagh Valley, and on to Leenane and Killary Fjord, Drummin and into Westport. The terrain consists of quiet roads, bog roads, open moorland, forestry tracks, mountain paths and about 3km of timber bog bridge.

This walk gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the heart of the West of Ireland landscape and offers some of the most stunning scenery to be found in the west.


Details

Duration:

 

6 days (5 nights)

Tour dates 2017:

 

This tour starts every Wednesday (between May and September). Alternative scheduling also available for €70 extra per booking

Level:

 

Varied terrain and occasional hills

Equipment:

 

You are provided with route notes and maps, but correct rain proof gear and walking boots are essential to bring with you.

Accommodation:

 

B&B accommodation

Meals:

 

All Irish breakfasts, 2 dinners and 2 packed lunches

Transfers:

 

Taxi from Maam Cross bus stop to your first B&B, all luggage transfers between your accommodations and all transfers to start of walks or end of walks when needed.

Miscellaneous:

 

Detailed route notes and maps.

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 Westport.

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


Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival day

You will take a bus to Maam Cross in Connemara, where you will be met by your B&B host who will bring you to your accommodation. We will meet you here, once you have settled in, to go through your route notes and maps and answer any questions you have about your itinerary. Enjoy a cosy night at your B&B where your dinner is included before setting out on your journey in the morning!

Day 2

Maam to the Inagh Valley 16 km

Today after a hearty breakfast, you set out from your B&B at Maam Bridge for the Inagh Valley (collect your packed lunch before you take off – it is included in your package!). The farming countryside gives way to the rugged terrain of the Maamturk Range and the old mountain road over Mamean known as the 'Pass of the Birds'. Once over the pass, the dramatic vista of the Twelve Bens mountain range comes into view with the lake at its feet. You then follow the Western Way into the Inagh Valley where tonight you will stay in Lough Inagh Ranch B&B. The B&B is close to the shores of Lough Inagh, one of Connemara's most spectacular lakes, and is surrounded by the Maamturks and Twelve Bens mountain ranges on all sides.

Day 3

Lough Inagh to Leenane 15 km

Today's walk takes you all the way along the Lough Inagh valley, flanked by mountains on either side, through the Coilte forest, coming out onto stunning views of Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord. The walk follows the fjord inland to the very picturesque village of Leenane where you will spend the night at the lovely Portfinn Lodge B&B.

Day 4

Leenane to Drummin/Liscarney 12 to 17 km

You will be dropped to the beautiful Ashleigh Falls just across the Mayo border and the site of the Errif Fishery where if you're lucky you might spot the salmon coming upstream to spawn. There is a gentle path up along the river, which joins the Western way at Tawnyard forest. Meandering through the trees, above the Lough, you will follow the Western Way trail which crosses the Owenmore River into the foothills of the Sheefry mountains and on to the tiny village of Drummin. You can opt to be picked up here or continue to walk to your B&B accommodation in Liscarney which is another 5km. Dinner is included at your B&B in your package for tonight.

Day 5

Croagh Patrick and Westport

After breakfast you will be transferred to the start of today's climb at Murrisk, Co. Mayo. A place of ancient history, Croagh Patrick is St Patrick's sacred mountain, and a rich vein of archaeological heritage. The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m), which dominates the land south of Clew Bay in the west of Ireland, has been a holy mountain since before Christian times. Ireland’s fifth-century patron saint, St Patrick, is said to have made it his own when he fasted on its summit for forty days, and ever since it has been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. Over 15,000 pilgrims climb to the top every year on the last Sunday of July, traditionally known as ‘Reek Sunday’. After you have conquered Croagh Patrick you will be picked up and brought to your accommodation in Westport, from where you can set out to explore the town and soak up the music and atmosphere. Perfect after a day climbing the pilgrim's mountain!

Day 6

Departure

Departure after breakfast.


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.


Testimonials

"Thank you to all the crew of Connemara Adventure Tours for this enjoyable and unforgetable trip. I can not explain the value of having such great support. Thank you for all."

Jules - July 2017

"Brilliant, rain or shine Connemara delights! Thank you all very much for a wonderful experience, tha walks, the people, the music.. amazing."

Peter and Sophie - August 2017


Price

All prices shown are in EURO and are per person.


B&B

Double/Twin

€595.00

B&B Single

€655.00

B&B Triple

€795.00

B&B Solo

€885.00


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.