Connemara Walking Festival, West of Ireland, 3 – 6 May 2019


Connemara Walking Festival, West of Ireland, 3 – 6 May 2019


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Enjoy the unique combination of Connemara’s mountains and Atlantic coastline along the invigorating Wild Atlantic Way. This exhilarating walking festival takes place in Leenane, which is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour, on Ireland’s only fjord and is surrounded by majestic mountains in all directions. This May will be the 11th year of the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival (formally the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival) which has become a major walking event on the calendar for Connemara and the region. The 2019 event will take place over the May bank holiday weekend.

Come meet the local farmers who are involved with guiding the various walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. As well as our traditional warm welcome of complimentary tea & scones at the end of each walking day by all our local businesses.

This great festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from strenuous to low level. This year the programme includes: Derryclare, Ben Gorm, Maumean, Mweelrea Loop, Glenawough and the Killary Famine Trail.

Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance.

With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day. There is also entertainment each evening including a Céili on the Sunday!

Any surplus profits from the event are re circulated back into the Leenane Development Association.

Please note: Accommodation within Leenane village is fully booked, the hotel quoted in within 15 mins drive of Leenane village

Price includes: (per person sharing)

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast at local 4* Hotel
  • 3 evening meals – 3 courses plus tea/coffee, at your accommodation
  • 2 packed lunches for Saturday and Sunday
  • 2 day Leenane Walking Festival ticket
  • The famous Céile at the Leenane Hotel!
  • Qualified guides (plus local guides from the area)
  • Transport to and from each walk from Leenane village
  • Maps
  • Teas/coffees & scones each day after the walk
  • Entry ticket to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
  • Detailed vouchers & information supplied upon booking

Price does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Car rental or transport to and from Leenane. This can be arranged-please just ask us
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • Various other activity and entertainment costs as per festival schedule of events
  • Tips and gratuities


  • Other accommodation options and pricing available on request. Please contact for more details
  • Single supplement available on request


  • Available on the weekend 3 – 6 May 2019. Early booking essential.
  • Minimum number of persons for this tour to proceed: 2
  • Group bookings of 10 or more people qualify for a discount
  • Own transport required to accommodation
  • Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website for more information and details.

Please contact for more information on the above.


Connemara Mountain Walking Festival

Programme of events 3rd – 5 th May 2019

Advance booking essential.

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the local landowners without whom this festival would not be possible & the locals who will be accompanying the groups onto the hills. NO DOGS

Walk A: Strenuous high level Walk B: Medium/Hard high level Walk C: Low level

*Walk times are subject to change


Friday 3rd May – Leenane Hotel

More details to follow closer to the date


Saturday 4th May

8:00 Check in opens at Leenane Community Centre

9:00 A Strenuous – Derryclare:

Approximate time: 8 hrs Height Gain: 1700m Distance: 14km

Derryclare is one of the Bins of the 12 Bins mountain range. The 12 Bins are synonymous with soul of Connemara.

10:00 B Medium – Ben Gorm:

Approximately Time: 6hrs Height Gain: 780m Distance: 10km

Ben Gorm is wild Connemara terrain at its finest.

11.30am C Low Level Walk: Maumean

Approximately: 6hrs Height Gain: 700m Distance: 13kms

Maumean, meaning pass of the birds, is a lower part of the Maumturks Mountains where pilgrims visit for prayer and penance. Please note that there is some uphill in this walk.

4 – 5pm Finish walks and arrive down to tea/coffee/scones in local businesses.

9pm Evening Entertainment


Sunday 6th May

8:00 Check in opens at Leenane Community Centre

9:00 A Strenuous – Mweelrea Loop

Approximately: 8hrs Height gain: 1,120m Distance: 15km

Mweelrea Mountain is the highest mountain in Connaught, rising from the bowels of wild Atlantic seascape in dramatic upland ruggedness. The mountain offers one of the finest panoramic views in Ireland.

10:00 B Medium – Glenawough

Approximate: 6hrs Height Gain: 630m Distance: 6hrs

The walk around Lough Glenawough, meaning the Lake of the Glen of virtue, is one of the many scenic loops of the corrie Partry Mountains.

11.30am C Low level: Famine Trail

Approximately: 11.5km Height Gain: 260m Distance: 4hrs

The Killary Fjord is the natural boundary between Mayo and Galway amidst dramatic North Connemara landscape. The inlet breaches eastwards alongside the great highland Mountain of Mweelrea and the rugged verges of Foher and Bunowen.

4-5pm Finish walks and arrive down to tea/coffee/scones in local businesses.

Evening 10pm Ceili in Leenane hotel FREE


We cannot guarantee that you will get the walk you want unless you book online before 5pm on April 26th. Also note that we sold out last year 2 weeks before the event.

Price includes qualified guides & local guides from the area, transport to/from each walk, maps, tea/coffee etc.

***Participants must come well prepared with suitable footwear & waterproofs


Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing a room. If your party requires single rooms they are available at a supplemental rate. The single supplement is to cover the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room. Please book early if you require a single room as only a limited number of single rooms are usually available.

Contact for more details.


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