SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Satisfied with every detail, impressed to see how seriously every detail was taken into account, just wow!”
– Jean-Marc, France, 2016
This hike combines the lunar-like, limestone landscape at the Burren, the spectacular coast routes in Connemara and the untouched flora & fauna on The Aran Islands.
The Burren National Park covers a remarkable 1,500ha of limestone pavement, hazel scrub, woodland, turloughs, springs and cliffs. Originating from the Irish word “Boireann” meaning rocky place you cannot fail to be impressed by this truly mesmeric landscape. The Connemara village of Roundstone is beautifully set on one of the most spectacular coastal drives in Ireland overlooking the Atlantic at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain, it is no surprise that International artists have drawn their inspiration from this enigmatic location. On Inismore marvel at Dun Aonghusa prehistoric stone fort clinging to the 90m high cliffs while the Atlantic crashes below.
The Aran Islands pristine environments cultivate beautiful flora and fauna and are home to all manner of undisturbed nature and wildlife. Wander through deserted villages, explore monastic sites and spot passing whales and wintering birds. In the evening indulge in gourmet food, relaxing by a fire to the rhythms of traditional music – truly a sanctuary from the modern world. Have your cameras ready for your visit to the iconic Cliffs of Moher and enjoy unparalleled views of the Aran Islands and the coast of Clare from Gleninagh Mountain.
If you would like a shorter hiking holiday you should check out our 5-Day Self-Guided Burren Hike
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Arrive in Doolin where you will be spending your first night. On arrival at your first accommodation, your host will give you your full Detailed Information pack. They will also be able to recommend some of the excellent local restaurants and suggest some of the pubs where you will find great traditional Irish music. Access for this holiday is made by a taxi or bus connection Shannon Airport to Doolin. This service is available all year round.
You will be driven a short distance from your guesthouse to the start of your walk at “Green Road” near Fanore Beach. From here you follow the old green road into the heart of the Black Head mountain, with wonderful limestone pavements and stone walls all around. There are fantastic views over Galway Bay and the Aran Islands as you continue on, over Gleninagh Mountain. We join the Burren Way to drop down into the Caher Valley, climbing again to pass under/around Slieve Elva and finish the day’s walk at Craggagh. Collection and return back to Doolin is arranged. Overnight Doolin. Doolin is the ideal location for exploring the beauty that is Clare. There are many varied attractions, with breathtaking scenery, making this a truly magical location to visit.
Walk Details: Distance: 18 kms. Max. Ascent: 320m. Little road walking, rocky grass tracks, open hill top, limestone pavement. Boots essential.
Today you will walk from the B&B to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a view that captures the hearts of millions of visitors every year. While you are out walking your luggage will be collected, ready for your transfer to the Doolin Ferry. You will be transferred from the Visitor Centre to the Ferry Terminal, to arrive for the 1300hrs ferry. Allow 2.5 hrs. On arrival at Inis Mor you will be met and taken to the B&B for the overnight.
Ferry journey approx 1.5hrs. Ferry may call to Inis Oirr on the way.
A good days walking today on the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mor. This beautiful island is littered with prehistoric churches, some of which are set on magnificent cliffs. From your accommodation you will have the opportunity to walk to the world famous cliff top stone fort of Dun Aonghasa. The stone chevaux-de-frise of this fort are still visible and the whole experience has been described … “as the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe”. Gaelic is still spoken as the everyday language of this island people. Return to your accommodation at Cill Ronan for overnight.
Walk details. Distance 17kms. Max Ascent. 150m. Small road walking and paths. Open Cliff top. Boots essential.
The morning Ferry from Cill Ronan will take you to Rossaveel where you will be transferred to the start of the days walk. At Teernakill Bridge near the village of Maam. Your luggage will be transferred to the B&B. From there you will follow the “Western Way” over the wonderful Maumeen Pass (Mám Éan), with its ancient shrine to St.Patrick, stations and holy well, still frequented by the faithful. Descend from the pass and continue along quiet country roads to your overnight accommodation at Lough Inagh.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Max. Height: 250m. Grass and muddy tracks, rocky in places. Can be very wet underfoot. Some road walking – boots
Start from Lough Inagh and, continuing on the Western Way, walk along the foot of the Maamturk Mountains through Letterbreckaun to Tullyconor to the shores of the spectacular Killary Harbour to finish in the little village of Leenane. This beautiful place is famous for the stunning and varied beauty of its location. The contrast of sea and mountain has something for everyone to see. Overnight in Leenane.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Max. Height: 150m. Grass tracks – rocky and muddy in places. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Some road walking.
From Leenane, you will be driven a short distance to the western end of Lough Fee. This is the start of a very beautiful walking day along the shores of Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only fjord. Taking the road to Little Killary Bay you pass through the rare and beautiful woodland around Salrock. After the short climb to the spectacular viewpoint of Mallnalack, you join the famine road which follows the southern shore of Killary Harbour. Return via Tullyconor and the Western Way back to Leenane village. Overnight in Leenane.
Walk Details: Distance: 17kms. Max. Height: 150m. Grass tracks – rocky and muddy in places. Can be wet and muddy underfoot – boots essential. Some road walking.
From Leenane, if you are returning to Galway City for onward journey, a taxi is required to take you to Maam Cross to join the main Galway-Clifden bus route. On arrival back at Galway Bus Station – you can then access all airports, ferry ports or main cities by the excellent train or bus services offered. A private Bus service also serves Shannon and Dublin Airports/Dublin City direct from outside the Tourist Office.