Guided Walking Tours
Our guided walking tours will take you to some of the unknown treasures of our corner of Ireland, with unparalleled views and routes to suit all abilities.
Come as a couple, as a single or with a group of friends and be part of a tour from 4-16 people with a guide during our departure dates.
Paths Of Connemara And Mayo
8 days / 7 nights – €800
Your tour will take you along old famine routes from 1845 – 1849, follow pre- Christian paths and climb holly mountains. You are in the most beautiful part of the West of Ireland.
Day 1: Saturday
Your tour begins with your arrival at Westport train at station at 16:15 or by other means if travelling by car. A short transfer takes you to your accommodation where you will be briefed on the mornings walk. Your lodging for the week is in a log cabin in the Partry Mountains. Dinner tonight in Westport.
Day 2: Rosroe – Leenane
Walking time about 4 hours + 80m
Your walk begins at Rosroe Pier on the Little Killary and follows a famine path built by locals in exchange for food during the great famine of 1845 – 1849. The views overlooking Killary harbour are spectacular with Mweelrea Mountain shadowing the fjord. This is the only fjord in Western Europe and was a safe haven for British navy ships during World War 2. This path is also now used for adventure racing. All around you are mountains. This is a nice easy walk to loosen up the muscles. We will head to a local pub in Leenane for refreshments before returning to your lodge. Dinner tonight in Leenane.
This is your day off. You can relax for the day or hire a bike from the lodge and take to the back roads. Golf, leisure centres, adventure centres are just minutes away, or why not go shopping for the day in Westport. We will arrange to meet in one of the traditional pubs in the evening to listen to Traditional Irish music and song before transfer back to the lodge.
Day 4: Aughagower – Croagh Patrick (Reek)
Walking time about 4 – 5 hours.
Today you will be walking on pre-Christian Chariot road. We start in the very old village of Aughagower which has a tenth century Round Tower and Medieval church and old graveyard. We follow a path used for thousands of years by pilgrims and walkers and you almost feel that you are one of them. We stop at a standing stone in Bohea to see ancient ring drawings. Here on three dates in the year you can watch the sun rolling down the side of Croagh Patrick. This lasts about twenty minutes and is seen at sunset on the 18th of April 24th of August and the 21st of December. Normally, the Sun disappears behind the Reek, but on the 18th of April and the 24th of August the Sun begins to roll down the northern slope of the Reek as if it is a fireball on the edge of a hill. We end our walk at the foot of the Reek and will return the following day to climb it.
Day 5: Croagh Patrick
Walking time about 4 hours + 764m
We travel a short distance today to the foot of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain. This is a Pilgrim Mountain since the Celtic Christianity over 5000 years ago. It is known locally as the Reek. Approximately twenty thousand people climb here on the last Sunday of July. As we ascend the little Islands of Clew Bay can be spotted in the blue Atlantic waters. There are about 365 small Islands here one for every day of the Year. You will see stone piles as make our way to the summit. Pilgrims walk around these stones in prayer. As we reach the summit the vast Mayo and Connemara plains and Mountains can be seen in all their glory. Lakes, bogs and forests speckle the land. We descend the same route and no climb to Croagh Patrick would be finished without a visit to Cambels pub at the base of the mountain. Dinner tonight in Westport.
Day 6: Sheeffry – Leenane
Walking time about 4 hours + 60m
We start our walk at the bottom of the Sheeffry Mountain and make our way up the hill where we can see the valleys and farms below us separated by small stone walls that have been there for hundreds of years. The views here are heart warming and as we continue on we reach the high point and stop to watch the majestic mountains and lakes all around us. We continue on towards the Erriff River, famous for Atlantic salmon and sea trout. We follow this along, guided by the Maumtrasna Mountain and Devil’s Mother until we reach Ashleigh Falls. We may get to see salmon leap up the falls depending on the time of year and the level of water. August is normally the best month. Watch fishermen cast a fly and maybe land a big one. We are now at the start of the Killary Fjord. Dinner tonight in Leenane
Day 7: Leenane – Kylemore Lough
Walking time about 3.5 hours + 150m
Today is a nice leisurely walk starting in the village of Leenane. We travel along the Killary Fjord for awhile stopping now and then to admire the view. We pass mountain streams and little cottages from a bygone era. We continue on through a forest and onto Kylemore Lough to end your Walking Paths of Connemara and Mayo Tour.
Dinner tonight in Westport.
After breakfast we have a brief meeting and say our final farewell. Those travelling by train will be transferred to Westport for departure.
Alternative arrangement can be made for those extending their stay in Mayo or Connemara.
7 nights double occupancy with private facilities
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 picnic lunches, 3 dinners
A private guide for the whole trip
Lunches and dinners not noted in itinerary, insurance, entrance fees to museums, drinks and personal items.
Eaglewood lodge will be your base for the whole of the tour. Ideally located in the Partry mountains this beautiful log cabin is all you need after a day cycling. With a large river rock fireplace it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the views.