Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided
Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Ireland - Hiking the Western Way

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An area naturally gifted with sharp contrasts, vibrant colours, stunning wilderness and warm welcomes, Connemara is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. Witness lambs strolling the mountainside, the bloom of wild spring flowers, and the calls of the Cuckoo as you walk the diverse landscape. This ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hiking
  • Availability
    Any date May-October
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance
    20km per day

Dublin - Oughterard

To begin your journey towards the Western Way, we depart from Dublin at 6:50 am every morning. The Western Way is a trail system stretching across the lush Irish countryside of Connemara. Oughterard is considered the main gateway to Connemara. Flowing streams give way to rolling meadows and quaint cottages, while woolly sheep dot the green fields with flecks of white. Oughterard is filled with winding pathways and river walks overlooking Lough Corrib. Hearty food, friendly locals, and a tipple of your favorite beverage await, as you prepare for your journey along the Western Way. For dinner tonight, ask us for our suggestions; we have a few traditional favorites that we are happy to share with you!

Overnight: Oughterard

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Oughterard to Maam: 25 km / 16 mi

Walking along the banks of Lough Corrib you will see many happy fishing enthusiasts, as they search for the salmon and trout that fill its waters. Gaze upon quaint thatch covered roofs that have lined this pathway for centuries. Enter the forest of Folore, whose boardwalks offer a delightful challenge, guiding you along your way. Along these boards you begin to see the steep rock cliffs of Connemara’s mountains.

Distance: 25 km / 16 mi, +96 m, 6 hrs
Restaurant Suggestion: Leckavrea Restaurant
Highlights: Lough Corrib, forest boardwalks, mountain views
Overnight: Maam

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Maam to Lough Inagh: 16 km / 10 mi

Awake to great mountain views and enjoy a hearty breakfast before climbing the mountains of Connemara. Towering cliffs, rolling hills, vast rivers and streams await as you embark on the “Pilgrims Trail”. Within the shadow of the mountains, opens a pass towards Lough Inagh. Climbing upwards, you begin to see the shades of Maam’s mountains. Along the mountain pass lies a chapel and well. You will walk along winding country roads hugging the cliffs of the mountains. It is in this valley that you will stay along the shores of Lough Inagh, for a well deserved rest.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 16 km / 10 mi ,+269 m, 5 hrs
Highlights: Pilgrims Trail, Connemara mountains & valleys
Overnight : Lough Inagh

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Lough Inagh to Leenane: 16 km / 10 mi

You begin your journey north towards the town of Leenane. These valleys were once occupied by many farmers prior to the potato famine, and are now frequented by sheep and livestock. You continue on until you reach the forest of Lettershanbally. Making your way you climb upwards, walking along the side of a mountain that overlooks Killary Fjord, a beautiful sea coast that runs into the Atlantic. Little islands and mountains offer a great view. You may also run into a few sheep as you continue along the mountainside. You will finally descend the mountain and walk along the road entering Leenane, where you will spend the next couple of days.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 16 km / 10 mi, +126 m, 4 hrs
Highlights: Lettershanbally forest, Killary Fjord views, Leenane
Overnight: Leenane

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Leenane Rest day - Killary Cruise

Today will give you the opportunity to stay in the village of Leenane once again. We have organized for you to take the wonderful boat cruise up Killary Fjord. The cruise lasts 1.5hrs and will give you a fascinating background to the area, the fjord and its surroundings. Leenane has a couple of fantastic pubs and restaurants to keep you entertained in the evening. You can also take a taxi to visit Kylemore Abbey, a fairytale style castle set amongst the mountains.

Meals: breakfast
Highlights: Killary Fjord boat cruise, Leenane visiting
Overnight : Leenane

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Leenaun to Drummin: 21 km / 13 mi

You will begin an exciting journey towards the small town of Drummin. Walking down the main road out of Leenane you will get a chance to see the Ashleigh Falls and continue down, using the Owenduff River as your guide. You will experience the beauty with only sheep and a few friendly farmers to cross your path during the day. You will then continue upwards towards Tawnyard Forest surrounded by Loughs. You continue to walk upwards until you reach the cliff face of Barnaderg. Here you wrap around the mountainside overlooking your path towards Drummin. Entering the small town of Drummin, you pass many small cottages and farms, and stop at a pub to end your day’s walk.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 21 km / 13 mi, +198 m, 5 hrs
Highlights: Ashleigh Falls, river & forest trails, Barnaderg cliff
Overnight: Drummin

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Drummin to Westport: 24 km / 15 mi

Today you will reach your final destination of Westport, a lovely seaside town with many pubs (one in particular is very famous!) and restaurants. Voted one of the best towns to visit in Ireland, it is a great place to end your trip. Before you reach this destination, a beautiful walk around Croagh Patrick awaits. Here St. Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights. Walking up rolling hills and catching sea views, you continue on towards Barraglanna forest. Weaving through the forest, you are met with the staggering Croagh Patrick, one of the holiest mountains in the world. Abandoned farmhouses appear in the distance, left vacant due to the famine of the 1800s. Prior to the famine, there were nearly 10,000 people who inhabited this area of Ireland; now there are only 2,000. Continuing on your walk along a path that cuts through the mountainside, you reach the peak where you will have stunning views of the sea and of the town of Westport in the distance. Make your way down the mountain and find the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail. Here, you can extend your walk towards the entrance of the mountain. Or you can continue on and make your way to Westport. Rest after the day's walk or enjoy exploring the streets of charming Westport.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 24 km / 15 mi, +244 m, 4.5 hrs
Highlights: Westport, Croagh Patrick & Heritage Trail
Overnight: Westport

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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Departure

Next morning after breakfast, there are regular bus and train departures from Westport to Dublin.

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

Hiking Great Western Way Ireland Self Guided

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

• 7 full days of hiking adventures
• 7 hearty Irish breakfasts
• Maps
• Guide Documents
• Luggage Transfers
• B&B Accommodation
• Personal Meet and Greet Orientation
• Transfer from Galway by vehicle to 1st B&B
• Daily telephone support from our friendly local staff
• Dining and visit suggestions, site suggestions
• Pre travel planning & documentation
• Post travel extensions

Options:
• add a short transfer to cut down 1st day's hike
• vehicle transfer from Dublin
• Upgrades - per night option, subject to availability
• Travel Insurance

Excluded: Lunches, dinners, other meals, airport transfers, travel insurance

Lodging

This tour uses all guest houses and B&B lodging. These are very small and so we have to choose from a pool of options based on dates and availability; here are some that we use: Western Way B&B or Crossriver B&B in Oughterard
Tiernakill Farmhouse near Maam
Lough Inagh Ranch
Portfinn Lodge, The Convent, Glen Valley House - Leenane
Lurgan House or Woodside Lodge - Westport
  Prices
Ireland Western Way Hiking Tour
Double Occupancy
1025 €/person
4 Persons in 2 Doubles :
1010 €/person
6 persons in 3 double rooms :
990 €/person
Single Supplement:
448 €/person
Solo Traveler Supplement:
n/a €/person

Prices subject to change slightly based on B&B selections available.
Upgrades to hotels are possible on some nights, contact us to get a quote.


The Pure Adventures Difference
Pure Adventures is a premier, boutique biking and hiking tour operator that offers private, custom, independent and guided travel in Europe, Asia, South and North America. We specialize in hand crafted travel for couples, families and groups who want active, immersive and meaningful experiences with their family and friends. Our travel experiences are customized around outdoor activities including: cycling, hiking, water sports, trail running, mountain biking and more.

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get More! Because our passion is taking care of and empowering people, our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional biking and hiking experiences, all over the world, for you. From the accommodations, to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard, ensuring that your tour will create amazing memories to last a lifetime. If you compare price, we are much less than high quality guided trips with similar experiences and you obviously get much more in our private, self guided, independent format than most traditional self guided trips. See our why: Why Pure Adventures is Better. Our well traveled, knowledgeable and dedicated team is standing by and eager to make your travel dreams come true.Call now at 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8am-5pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or eMail Us.

Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Popular signposted Western Way & picturesque country
- Killary Fjord & Leenane
- B&B guesthouse lodging with wonderful Irish welcome

Need to Know:
- B&B lodging can change until booked - small places can sell out
- prepare for wet conditions - we include a packing list
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Dates: any date available on request from April through October. This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 2 persons up to large groups (large groups require lodging modifications). Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire. Level 3+ - Fit with estimated 5 hours hiking each day, rolling and flat terrain. A prior hiking experience is recommended..
 
Arrival & Departure: Dublin is your best arrival point. An early morning transfer from Dublin to Galway is included, then we transfer you to Oughterard for a private orientation at your first B&B.

Local Coordinator: Our on site expert will meet you for orientation and then provide support throughout your trip. They live in the region and know it so well!
Best Time To Go: March - May, September - November.

Average temperatures:
January: 45 °F (7 °C) 37 °F (3 °C)
February: 45 °F (7 °C) 37 °F (3 °C)
March: 50 °F (10 °C) 39 °F (4 °C)
April: 52 °F (11 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)
May: 59 °F (15 °C) 45 °F (7 °C)
June: 63 °F (17 °C) 50 °F (10 °C)
July: 66 °F (19 °C) 54 °F (12 °C)
August: 66 °F (19 °C) 54 °F (12 °C)
Sept: 63 °F (17 °C) 50 °F (10 °C)
October: 55 °F (13 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
November: 50 °F (10 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)
December: 46 °F (8 °C) 41 °F (5 °C)

 
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  • Local Coordinator

    Local Coordinator: Our local experts will conduct an in person orientation with you on arrival day to make sure you are well arrived and have everything you need. The visit will go over the hiking maps and notes that form your 'route book' and by which you will navigate. Our local support staff are your contact during your hiking trip and they are available by phone throughout the day each day once you start. This local support is a key feature of a Pure Adventures tour and this local expertise is how you know you are on the best trip with competent local support in case of need. They live in the region and know it so well!

    Reviews

    This is a new tour in 2018 - reviews to come soon!
    On this trip we recommend:
    - trekking shoes, well broken in
    - trekking poles
    - light to medium weight clothing that is wicking, convertable, sun protective, and will keep you warm
    - other nice to have items will be included in your packing list sent prior to travel

    A packing list is always sent at 60 days prior to travel. No other special gear or backpacking gear is required. Some things you may want to bring:
    - GPS
    - Smartphone with GPS app, and local SIM card for low cost calling
    - All weather shell jacket to protect against rain and wind.  

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    The Tour Summary is a PDF document you can share with your friends and puts all the key info shown in different tabs here into 1 short compiled document. Our Destination guide will give you general travel info about this country; best time to travel, interesting sites, airports, weather, and more.