Day 1: Transfer from Shannon to Connemara, pickup time 1 pm, or you may also be picked up in Dublin at 9.30 am. Your accommodation for the week is in the Pass Inn Hotel Kylemore, situated in the heart of the Connemara Mountains.
Day 2: Our first walk takes us to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens. Kylemore is a most wonderful place and it is here that nature speaks at it's best. The abbey is the only Irish home of the Benedictine Nuns. Built originally as a Castle (1868) it is one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. The tour of the Abbey and Gardens will take us approximately 2.5 hours. Afterwards we will take a walk to the statue that over looks the abbey and onto an old Pilgrim Path that takes us onto the side of Altnagaighera Mountain. Our return journey back to the Pass Inn is by Lacknaverna and Fiddaunnavear River. Distance: 10 km, 6 miles.
Day 3: Our walk takes us to Killary Harbor, which is a fjord between the Mweelrea Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The fjord reaches 20 kilometers inland and our walk takes us on an old famine road that stretches along part of the fjord. Our return journey takes us on a small country road, past Lough Muck and Lough Fee. Distance: 15 km, 9 miles.
Day 4: Today's walk takes us on one of Ireland's way marked trails, the Western Way. The walk starts in the valley of Maam which was made famous by the making of the film "The Quiet Man" staring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne. The walk takes us through the Maumeen Pass, one of Ireland's pilgrim's routes and up to St. Patrick's Church, which is in the heart of the Maumturk Mountains. Distance: 15 km, 9 miles.
Day 5: Inishbofin, we will take a short ferry ride from the village of Cleggan to the island. One of the most beautiful islands off the West Coast. Today the island has a population of around 200 people but was chosen in 665 by St. Coleman for the site of his monastery, as it was a place of tranquility. That same sense of peace and tranquility still exists on the island today. Walking distance: 8 km, 5 miles.
Day 6: Day six takes us back onto the Western Way and to the northern slopes of the Maumturk Mountains. The walk starts overlooking Lough Inagh where we will follow an old green road that takes us into the village of Leenaun. Along the way we will see many old ruined and deserted farmstead's, that are reminders of our great famine. Distance: 14 km, 8.75 miles.
Day 7: Our final days walking starts with a visit to Omey Island. Access to the island is my means of a causeway, so we may have to start this day a little early to avail of the low tide. Omey is a very spectacular and spiritual place, virtually untouched by mankind and has a population of less then 20 people. In the 7th century St Feichin found a monastic settlement on the northern part of the island and the ruins of Temple Feichin. A medieval granite church dedicated to the saint is still to be seen today. In the afternoon we will visit the Connemara National Park, the exhibition center and an audio-visual show on the park. We will also do a short walk on one of the park trails. Distance for the day: 12 km, 7.5 miles.
Day 8: Depart for Shannon Airport at 1.30 pm, or you may travel back to Dublin with us, arriving at approximately 4 pm.
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