We’re blessed in the west of Ireland to have such an array of incredible hiking trails available on our doorstep to us. And one of the hotspots along the Wild Atlantic Way for such hikes is in Connemara, where you can experience the rugged beauty of the unique Irish landscape, along with the flora & fauna not found anywhere else in the world!
We’ve put together a list of our favourite hikes to do in Connemara, which we think are the best way to start any weekend…
The magnificent Diamond Hill is based in Connemara National Park in Letterfrack, and it can treat you to a breathtaking view, the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in the world.
The climb takes 2.5-3 hours in total to complete & on a clear day you can see all of the following from the top:
- Tully Mountain
- The Twelve Bens Mountains
- Kylemore Lough
- Inishturk, Inishbofin, and Inishshark islands
Based about 90 minutes from Galway city, it is a reasonably challenging hike which weather conditions can affect – but is also incredibly rewarding!
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The Errisbeg Trail
The Errisbeg Trail is a simple hike which does not require too much effort or preparation, but still provides some incredible views from the summit.
Situated outside the charming village of Roundstone. Large boulders sit atop its peak (which is 300m high) enabling you to take in the amazing views of:
- Dog’s Bay Beach
- Gurteen Bay
The hike itself is 6km long and despite not containing much of a trail per se (you will need boots) – taking in the incredible scenery is worth the effort.
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Tully Mountain is located north west of Letterfrack standing 356m high, and in terms of popularity, could be classed as a hidden gem.
One of the wonderful elements of this hike is that on a clear day, you can see as far as Croagh Patrick in Mayo, the Aran Islands, and Kerry!
The hike itself isn’t based on a clear trail but it isn’t that strenuous an incline, so it is straightforward to get to the top.
Theres a small lake waiting to greet you at its summit & the entire duration of the climb should be 4 hours, with the total distance coming in at 10km.
One for all levels of hikers and one that you need to complete if you’re looking for the best views of Connemara.
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The Maumeen Mountain Pass
The Maureen Mountain Pass is a hike that has attracted pilgrims for centuries, due to its historical & religious connotations with Saint Patrick.
Two thousands years ago, a Celtic shrine was built which was turned into a shrine dedicated to Saint Patrick. Now there are some fascinating monuments & an small church standing, along the trail which takes about 3.5 hours to complete.
The hike itself takes you about 170m high which facilitate some stunning views of dramatic mountain landscape, lakes and bog land.
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