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1. Island walk - Fínis Island

View of the mainland on the walk to Fínis island

Fínis is a deserted island lying of the coast of Carna in Connemara. It is steeped in history and culture which can be glimpsed through the ruins and relics left behind. It is an opportunity to step back in time as the island comes alive through stories of past residents. The coast and ...

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2. Coastal walk – Silver Strand




 The Silver Strand or Trá na gCeann as it’s known as Gaeilge, is located just within the Galway city limits. It is a coastal walk that showcases the biodiversity and coastal habitats that have developed naturally here. This walk starts at Silver Strand beach and will focus on Lough Rusheen, the importance of the area for resident and over wintering bir...

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3. Coastal walk - Carraroe



Carraroe or An Cheathrú Rua is a peninsula located around 40 kilometres west of Galway city along the coast road. It has a rugged rocky landscape with beautiful coastline and stunning views. It has one of the largest Irish-speaking communities in the country and an equally a strong boating tradition, being the centre in Connemara for the centuries-old red-sailed boats or...

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4. Hill walk - Leenane Hill



Picturesque Leenane is located near the end of the Killary Fjord and is home to some great hill walks. One of the best is the imposing Leenane Hill, part of the Maamturk mountains, which appears to stand guard over the village in a timeless fashion. The hill walk  starts from the village itself with a long climb up to the top of the horseshoe ridge from where one can see the ...

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5. Hill walk - Binn Bán



This walk starts at Kylemore Abbey, intersects Connemara National Park, the summits of Benbaun (477m), Benbrack (407m) and Knockbrack (442m) and crosses an interesting geological zone known as “lakes marble formation”. There are excellent views of Diamond Hill to the west and northwards towards Doughruagh Mountain. The walk includes a visit to a site incorporating a profile...

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6. Hill Walk - Ben Lettery



Ben Lettery is one of the famous 12 Bens mountains of Connemara and part of possibly the best horseshoe walk in Ireland, the Glencoaghan horseshoe. These mountains have been sculpted by time and weather to produce some of the most impressive hiking in Ireland. Starting from near the Clifden road after Recess one quickly ascends to see unrivalled views of south Connemara including Ball...

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7. Bog walk - Leitirmór na Coille



Leitirmór na Coille in south Connemara is a remote village that sits at the end of a three mile road off the R336. From its elevated west facing position at the foot of a small range of mountains and hills it offers uninterrupted views of the bays and islands of south Connemara. The village, which locals say is one of the oldest in Connaught, has a number of habitats which ha...

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