& so much more….
An area synonymous with John Fords, Hollywood brand of The West of Ireland. You can almost touch that Ireland of yester – year, the world of John Wayne and Maureen O Hara from the Quiet man. Ford chose this area for good reason. This 114 Km route crosses through stunning, remote and wild Irish landscape. This is home to the Tribe of The Seas,
The lofty mountain ranges of the Twelve Bens and The Maamturks stand sentinel over a wild remote landscape of bogs and small loughs.
The Great Famine of the mid nineteenth century absolutely decimated this area and the tragic story of Doolough epitomises what happened here.
The Western Way runs from Oughterard in Co. Galway to Westport in Co. Mayo.
Towards the end of the walk stands the iconic Croagh Patrick,a spiritual mecca for the Irish from Pagan times through to early Christian and right up until today. Beautiful Clew Bay with its plethora of ‘sunken drumlin islands’ lead us into the historic town of Westport.
This vibrant town in County Mayo is famed from far and wide for its music, old world Irish pub culture and fine restaurants.
Highlights on this trip include:
Our Leisurely Hiking Tours are designed with the not so regular hiker in mind or for that matter the regular hiker who just wants to set an easy pace.
Average Daily Hike: 12 – 17 km (7 – 11 Miles)
Average Daily Hiking Time: 3 – 6 hours
Our Moderate Hiking Tours are designed with the not so regular hiker in mind or for that matter the regular hiker who just wants to set an easy pace.
Average Daily Hike: 16 – 20 km (12 – 13 Miles)
Average Daily Hiking Time: 5 – 7 hours
Our Challenging Hiking Tours are designed with the not so regular hiker in mind or for that matter the regular hiker who just wants to set an easy pace.
Average Daily Hike: 22 – 30 km (14 – 19 Miles)
Average Daily Hiking Time: 6 – 9 hours
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Iconic 7th Century Monastic site of Glendalough, Glenmalure Valley - Historic battle site and stunning U-shaped glacial valley, Explore Dublin city, Picturesque Lough Tay (The Guinness lake), Lough Dan and the lakes of Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains , Dublin Mountains, and so much more.
Traditional Irish Music, Irish speaking ‘Gaeltacht’ areas., Star Wars movie location, National geographic traveller magazine most beautiful place on earth, Archaeological and historical points of interest, Inch Beach , Conor Pass , Annascaul Lake, Part of the Wild Atlantic Way, and so much more.
Glenariff forest park and the Glens of Antrim, Quaint villages, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge , Dunseverick Castle ruin, Game of Thrones filming locations, Bushmills oldest distillery in the world, Rathlin Island, Giants Causeway UNESCO world heritage site, Relatively flat Coastal walk for much of the way, and so much more.