Stretch your legs on the May Bank Holiday at the eighth Achill Walks Festival

Achill Island will host it’s eighth annual Walks festival on the May Bank Holiday (30th April – 3rd May 2010). The festival will cater for walkers of all abilities with walks run by fully qualified guides with an abundance of local knowledge and folklore. The annual walks festival is an opportunity for walkers to meet fellow enthusiasts or for those new to hill walking to enjoy guided walks throughout the island. The island is a walker’s paradise with it’s superb mountains including Slievemore as well as it’s rolling hills and Blue flag beaches.

Walks Schedule:

Welcome Reception

Walk A: The Deserted Village and Slievemore
This walk will take the walker through the Deserted Village before circumnavigating Slievemore Mountain, passing the cove of Dirk (Ooghnadirka). The group will arrive in the village of Dugort about 5 hours into the walk, at which point it will separate: those opting for a challenge will climb to the summit of Slievemore via the ridge and descend on the other side to our starting point.
Level: Initially moderate, strenuous
Duration: 6/8 Hrs
Price: €15 adults, €7.50 children

A calendar of social of events will be available Saturday evening.

Walk A: Curran Hill
This walk take place on the Curraun Peninsula. Depart Belfarsed Church at 10am to ascend Curraun Hill, which offers fantastic views of Achill Island, Achill Beg, Clare Island and Clew Bay. The walkers will be able to explore a natural terrace with glaciated features of truncated spurs, hanging valleys and spectacular corrie lakes (23 in total). This walk covered a distance of 12km approximately with a height gain of 600 mtrs.
Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 Hrs
Price: €15 adults, €7.50 children

Walk B: Innisbiggle
Innisbiggle is one of the last inhabited islands off the coast of Achill. It is a great place for bird watching. The island offers unique views of the surrounding mountains of Belmullet and Tonragee. Walkers will depart from Bullsmouth Slipway at 11am, ready to be transported to Innisbiggle by traditional currach. Walkers will be taken on a guided walk of the island. Your guide will relay information regarding the local history and archaeology of the island.
Level: Easy
Duration: 4 Hrs
Price: €15 adults, €7.50 children

There will be a social night to include a “lecture / slideshow” followed by presentation of certificates on Sunday evening.

Walk A: Keem Bay Loop
A circular walk taking in the cliffs of Keem Bay, one of the most spectacular valleys in Ireland. Features of interest include the Watch House at Moyteoge Head, Bunowna booley village and the ruins of Captain Charles Boycott’s estate. Departure point is 10am at the upper car park, Keem Bay.
Level: Strenous initially / moderate overall
Duration: 3/4 Hrs
Price: €15 adults, €7.50 children