Ireland's Western Way
Connemara, Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
More than 120 metres the Cliffs of Moher proturde from the Atlantic. This impressive cliff scenery is the backdrop for your first day of hiking. In the morning a short transfer to Liscannor from where you follow the Cliffs of Moher-Trail, which leads you directly along the cliffs back to Doolin.
Doolin – Aran-Islands
In the morning transfer to the ferry pier and crossing to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Stone walls were piled up here as far as the eye can see in order to be able to work the barren ground. The route leads you past a seal colony to the world-famous ruins of Dún Aenghus (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site). When you arrive, the masses of tourists will already have moved on and you can explore this spectacualr site in peace and quiet. After that hike back to Cill Rónáin.
In the morning you return by ferry to Ross a’ Mhil on the mainland. Here you get picked up and taken to Oughterard, the trailhead of the Great Western Way. The route takes you along the lake ‚Lough Corrib’. At the end of the lake you walk thorugh an amazing moor landscape. Short transfer into the valley of Tiernakill.
One of the highlights of the Great Western Way are the ‚Maumturk Mountains’. The scenery appears nearly alpine, however a glance onto the endless green hills and countless sheep reveals why Connemara is considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Once you have arrived at the Maum Ean-pass, a mystic site awaits. A little chapel, Celtic crosses and a statue of St Patrick turn this into a sacred place. The day ends with a descent to the lake ‚Lough Inagh’.
Lough Inagh – Leenane
Trees are a rare commodity in Ireland, however today’s route soon leads you through several forests. This stage is very varied. You leave the hills of the Maumturk Mountains and the 12 Bens behind you and soon the terrain becomes more level. Your Day Finish is the little coastal village of Leenane, situated in a picturesque location at the end of the Killary fjord.
Transfer to the fishing harbour Rosroe. This is the start of the ‚Famine Trail’, established during the time of famine in Ireland, in order to facilitate transporting groceries faster inland. Today this narrow trail winds along the coast of the Killary fjord offering spectacular views.
For the hike along the Cliffs of Moher-Trail a head for heights is prerequisite. For all other daily tours up to 20 km a good basic fitness level is required. Surefootedness is an advantage during the descent from Maum Ean-pass.
Category: country hotels, B&B`s
- 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
- Luggage transfer
- Transfers and ferry crossings according to programme
- Carefully elaborated route description
- Detailed travel and tour documents
- GPS-data is available
- Service hotline
Arrival / Departure
- Dublin Airport. From there by Citylink-bus (www.citylink.ie) to Galway, duration approx. 2.5 hours. Or from Dublin Heuston by train (irishrail.ie) to Galway, duration approx. 2 hours. From Galway by bus (www.buseireann.ie) to Doolin, duration approx. 2 hours.
- Organised transfer from Leenane to Westport, € 55 per fare, reservation required, payable in advance. From Westport by train to Dublin Heuston, duration approx. 3.5 hours.
- Luggage transfer Aran Islands (with ferry crossings luggage needs to be taken autonomously)