Mayo Launch for new Connemara & Mayo Walking Guide

Connemara and Mayo form an area known for stunning scenery and a new guidebook by walking guide Paul Phelan describes some of the region’s best and most spectacular walks. Connemara & Mayo – A Walking Guide will be launched by Clifden-based archaeologist Michael Gibbons in Westport Tourist Office on Thursday 22 September at 5.00 p.m. Author Paul Phelan said, ‘I’m thrilled that Michael has agreed to launch this book in Mayo. He is a man of many talents and has been a mentor to me since I moved to the area.’

Michael Gibbons is an eminent scholar, an effective teacher and a great walking enthusiast. He is also a great raconteur in the style of a traditional ‘seanachaí’. He has contributed significantly to this book, which covers a wide variety of walks and terrains: easy two-hour walks on surfaced paths; two- to three-hour flat island and coastal walks; two- to four-hour gentle hill and mountain hikes; and four- to seven-hour strenuous hill walks. Maps are included for each walk while photographs illustrate the routes and give a sense of the striking landscape.
This is the most comprehensive walking guide to the area published for some time.

Connemara & Mayo – A Walking Guide by Paul Phelan is published by The Collins Press, price €14.99. It is available in all good bookshops and online from