: Hillwalking : Seaweed
Hill Walking in Connemara
When it comes to hill walking, which is a very popular
pastime in the area, you are spoiled for choice. There are many
different levels to which you can hill walk depending on your
For more advanced walkers the challenge of Mweelrea
is a must do! The pyramid of Mweelrea and its satellites rise
from a high undulating contorted broad ridge bounded in places
by fearsome corries. It dominates the northern side of the sinuous
fjord of Killary Harbour.
You can start the walk on the R335 at the northern
end of the large Doo Lough where there are several places to park
along the road. Walking time is about 7.25 hours including a 4
km road walk.
There are some difficulties, a long strenuous walk
though navigationally straight-forward in good weather. In bad
visibility the problems are obvious from an ordinance survey map.
You have to get off the steep ground roughly eastwards but this
way is partly barred by a line of cliffs so take special care
on the descent.
The famous Western Way captures the essence of Western
Ireland, from panoramic sea views to boggy green land and ruined
abbeys exploring the two countries of Galway and Mayo. Beginning
in western Galway near Oughterard on the shores of Lough Corrib,
the Western Way winds north west through Connemara and then continues
towards the northern tip of the Mayo peninsula. In Connemara the
landscape is dominated by mountains such as the Twelve Bens and
the Maamturks. However the walk itself is of a medium grade so
visitors get to enjoy the view of the high ground rather than
tackle any strenuous climbing. Coastal views dominate the whole
of the route especially the fjord at Killary. For those who would
prefer to partake in a shorter route there are plenty of tracks
in the Leenane area to pick up and drop off from depending on
how long you wish to trek.
Information obtained from the Hillwalking
section of "David Hermans Hill Walkers Atlantic Ireland"