Walking the Western Way, West of Ireland, 7 Days Self Guided from Dublin
An area naturally gifted with sharp contrasts, vibrant colours, stunning wilderness and warm welcomes, Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. Witness lambs strolling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the Cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape.
This self guided tour of Connemara will bring you to an area of Ireland where sheep have right-of-way on the roads. You will take in Killary harbour and Ireland’s only fjord, the Maumturk mountains and the wonderful Inagh Valley. This tour is among our most popular and if you book it you’ll understand why! We will take care of the details – accommodation, luggage transfers, guided maps and tour documentation!
Price includes: (per person sharing)
- B&B Accommodation
- 7 full days of pure adventure
- 7 hearty Irish breakfasts
- Maps & Guide Documents
- Luggage Transfers
- Transfer from Dublin to Connemara
- Full information pack supplied upon booking
Price does not include:
- Lunches, evening meals, drinks
- Travel insurance
- Transfers to and from the Airport
- Transfers to and from start and end locations
- Personal meet & greet in Oughterard on first night of arrival in village- At an additional €80.00 per tour
- Upgrades (where applicable: Oughterard, Lough Inagh, Leenane & Westport all have the possibility to upgrade as they each have hotels – a supplement of €48.00/person/night). No upgrades available in Drummin & Maam
- Private taxi transfer from Galway to Oughterard (Approx €40.00 for single passenger or €40.00 for 2 passengers.)
- Private transferby taxi from Oughterard on the first day’s walking to the end of the Glann Road in Oughterard to shorten the walk by approx 11 kms (Approx €20.00 for single passenger or €20.00 for 2 passengers.)
- Single Supplement - €53.30 per night, total =€320.00
- Available from March to November
- Own transport required to and from Dublin. Option to start the tour in Oughterard, make own way to this point.
- Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please see our website www.connemarawildescapes.ie for more information and details.
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DAY 1 Dublin – Oughterard
To begin your journey towards the Western Way we depart from Dublin at 6:50 am every morning. The Western Way is a trail stretching across the lush Irish countryside called Connemara. Oughterard is called the gateway to Connemara. Flowing streams give way to rolling meadows and quaint cottages. Oughterard is filled with winding pathways and river walks overlooking Lough Corrib. Hearty food, friendly locals, and a tipple of your favourite beverage await, as you prepare for your journey along the Western Way.
Overnight : Oughterard
Restaurant Suggestion: Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant
DAY 2 Oughterard to Maam
Walking along the banks of Lough Corrib you gaze upon fishing enthusiasts, as they search for the salmon and trout that fill its waters. Gaze upon quaint thatch covered roofs that have lined this pathway for centuries. Enter the forest of Folore, whose boardwalks offer a delightful challenge, guiding you along your way. Along these boards you begin to see the steep rock cliffs of Connemara’s mountains.
Restaurant Suggestion: Leckavrea Restaurant
- Distance : 25Km
- Height Gain : 96m
- Time : 6hrs
DAY 3 Maam to Lough Inagh
Awake to great mountain views and enjoy the breakfast before climbing the mountains of Connemara. Towering cliffs, rolling hills, vast rivers and streams await as you embark on the “Pilgrims Trail”. Within the shadow of the mountains, opens a pass towards Lough Inagh. Climbing upwards, you begin to see the shades of Maam’s mountains. Along the mountain pass lies a chapel and well. You will walk along winding country roads hugging the cliffs of the mountains. It is in this valley that you will stay along the shores of Lough Inagh, for a well deserved rest.
Overnight : Lough Inagh
Restaurant Suggestion : Lough Inagh Lodge
- Distance : 16Km
- Height Gain : 269m
- Time : 5hrs
DAY 4 Lough Inagh to Leenane
You begin your journey north towards the town of Leenane. These valleys were once occupied by many farmers prior to the potato famine, and are now frequented by sheep and livestock. You continue on until you reach the forest of Lettershanbally. Making your way you climb upwards, walking along the side of a mountain that overlooks Killary Fjord, a beautiful sea coast that runs into the Atlantic. Little islands and mountains offer a great view. You may also run into a few sheep as you continue along the mountainside. You will finally descend the mountain and walk along the road entering Leenane, where you will spend the next couple of days.
Restaurant Suggestion: Blackberry Cafe
- Distance : 16Km
- Height Gain : 126m
- Time : 4hrs
DAY 5 Rest day – Killary Cruise
Today will give you the opportunity to stay in the village of Leenane once again. We have organised that you take the wonderful boat cruise up Killary fjord. The cruise lasts 1.5hrs and will give you a fascinating background to the area, the fjord and its surroundings. Leenane has a couple of fantastic pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained in the evening. You can also take a taxi to visit Kylemore Abbey, a fairytale style castle set amongst the mountains.
Overnight : Leenane
Restaurant Suggestion: Fjord Restaurant – Portfinn Lodge
DAY 6 Leenaun to Drummin
You will begin an exciting journey towards the small town of Drummin. Walking down the main road out of Leenane you will get a chance to see the Ashleigh Falls and continue down, using the Owenduff River as your guide. You will experience the beauty with only sheep and a few friendly farmers to cross your path during the day. You will then continue upwards towards Tawnyard Forest surrounded by Loughs. You continue to walk upwards until you reach the cliff face of Barnaderg. Here you wrap around the mountainside overlooking your path towards Drummin. Entering the small town of Drummin, you pass many small cottages and farms, and stop at a pub to end your day’s walk.
Highlight of the day:
Restaurant Suggestion: Madelines
- Distance : 21Km
- Height Gain : 198m
- Time : 5hrs
DAY 7 Drummin to Westport
Today you will reach your final destination of Westport, a lovely seaside town with many pubs and restaurants. Voted one of the best towns to visit in Ireland, it is a great place to end your trip. Before you reach this destination, a beautiful walk around Croagh Patrick awaits. Here St. Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights. Walking up rolling hills and catching sea views, you continue on towards Barraglanna forest. Weaving through the forest, you are met with the staggering Croagh Patrick, one of the holiest mountains in the world. Abandoned farmhouses appear in the distance, left vacant due to the famine of the 1800s. Prior to the famine, there were nearly 10,000 people who inhabited this area of Ireland; now there are only 2,000. Continuing on your walk along a path that cuts through the mountainside, you reach the peak where you will have stunning views of the sea and of the town of Westport in the distance. Make your way down the mountain and find the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail. Here, you can extend your walk towards the entrance of the mountain. Or you can continue on and make your way to Westport. Rest after the day’s walk or enjoy exploring the streets of charming Westport.
Restaurant Suggestion: An Port Mor or Sage
- Distance : 24Km
- Height Gain : 244m
- Time : 4.5hrs
End of Services: Next morning after breakfast, there are regular bus and train departures from Westport to Dublin.
Your accommodation is included in the price of the tour each night. The standard is a high quality lodge or guesthouse with each room having its own en suite. We see the tour accommodation as a very important part of the overall tour experience and each year we travel around Ireland handpicking the very best quality accommodations relevant to our tours. The hosts are welcoming and very friendly and give our customers a homely feeling when they arrive.
Each morning you will get a full cooked breakfast with continental options to set you up for the day ahead. Lunches and evening meals are not included however your information pack will direct you to where you can get a packed lunch . Normally this would include a sandwich, water and maybe a chocolate bar or something sweet. Do make sure to bring sufficient water for the day ahead. Evening meals are another important part of the tour experience and we always encourage our customers to try local and traditional food on tour. Each night we make a suggestion of where to eat however the night is yours to own.