Category: West of Ireland Walks & Routes

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 6: Croagh Patrick

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
The last two stops on our Iconic Mountains of Ireland tour were on Achill Island as we took in the magnificent Slievemore and the mighty Croaghaun, the two highest mountains on the island. We're staying in County Mayo and paying a visit to a mountain which is visible from the summit of both Slievemore and Croaghaun and is perhaps the most famous and certainly the most climbed of Ireland's mountains. Croagh Patrick, known locally as 'The Reek' and nicknamed 'Ireland's Holy Mountain', is believed Read more [...]

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 5: Croaghaun

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
Our tour of the Iconic Mountains of Ireland has already taken us to wonderful Achill Island. On that occasion, we enjoyed a walk up Slievemore from the pretty and serene blue-flag Silver Strand beach at Dugort. Once you have spent any amount of time on the island and fallen in love with its rugged and dramatic landscape, it is nigh on impossible to leave behind. The island’s awe inspiring coastline has been carefully crafted by the sheer power of the Atlantic waves that start some five thousand Read more [...]

Western Walks: The Western Way Spur – Newport, Co. Mayo

In the first of what we hope will be a regular series, Cathleen Fergus of South West Mayo Development Company outlines a walk in arguably one of the most scenic locations in Ireland Let me start by saying this is not a climb and perhaps for the more adventure hillwalkers among you it might not offer that much of a challenge, but anything it lacks in height, the Western Way Spur more than makes up for in views. Situated in West Mayo, nestled in the foothills of the Nephin Begs between Newport Read more [...]

Walking Ireland’s Iconic Mountains – Number 4: Slievemore

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Walking Ireland's Iconic Mountains
Perched on the West Coast of Ireland at the edge of Europe, Achill Island must surely be one of the most ruggedly beautiful and scenic areas in the country. It is easy to see why the Island with its dramatic mix of sea, shore and mountain has captured the imagination of so many over the years. It is said that on arrival on the island, the artist Paul Henry threw his return train ticket into the sea near Purteen Harbour. Over the years he spent on the island, Henry went on to produce some of Read more [...]

Walking the Derryclare Horseshoe

In his latest article for Walking and Hiking Ireland, John Quinn gives a brief overview of the magnificent Derryclare Horseshoe which reveals the rugged beauty of Connemara in all its splendour. This magnificent and challenging walk in the Twelve Bens mountain range in The Lough Inagh Valley reveals the rugged beauty of Connemara in all its splendour. The 6-7 hour horseshoe climb encompasses a number of peaks including Ben Lettery (516m), Glengower (664m), Benbreen (691m), Bencorr (711m) and Derryclare (650m). Read more [...]