April 21st – 23rd 2023 Cost: €495pps, Hilltoptreks Members: €475pps, Single Supplement €75 (Limited availability) Deposit: €75 required at the time of booking.
• 2 nights BB with breakfast in the luxury 4-star Renvyle House
• 1 Evening meal at the award winning Roshenduff Restaurant (5 Course)
• Guided walk on Inisbofin.
• 3 Guided walks with qualified guides.
• Transport from Dublin.
Pickup: Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:30am
Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara
Connemara sits in the very west of Ireland in County Galway and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The coastline weaves in and out along the Wild Atlantic Way, with attractive small fishing villages such as Roundstone, Clifden and Leenaun. The landscape is exceptionally beautiful, with many freshwater lakes surrounded by steep mountains including The Maumturks, and the Twelve Bens, the two most prominent mountain ranges in the area. Connemara National Park covers 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, bogs and woodlands and was established in 1980.
Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara – This walking weekend is designed to showcase some of the highlights of this famous Irish landscape. Our Itinerary offers a range of hikes and walks, from the Western Way along the Shoreline of Lough Corrib, to a walk along Killary Fjord known as “the famine walk” and a guided walk on Inisbofin.
We will be staying at the luxury accommodation of Renvyle House on the Wild Atlantic Way shoreline in Connemara.
Cost: €495pps Members – €475pps single supplement of €75 (Places Limited)
Deposit: €75 required at the time of booking. Includes:
2 nights BB with breakfast in the luxury 4-star Renvyle House
1 Evening meal at the award winning Roshenduff Restaurant (5 Course)
Guided walk on Inisbofin.
3 Guided walks with qualified guides.
Transport from Dublin.
About Renvyle House:
First opened as a hotel in 1883, it is spectacularly located on a 150-acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara, Co. Galway. The grounds include a private freshwater lake for fishing and boating, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool, canoeing and shore angling. For a unique location, an award-winning Restaurant, comfortable bedrooms and a truly uplifting break, here, the only stress is on relaxation.
It was also the home of poet, statesman and surgeon Oliver St. John Gogarty (Buck Mulligan of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”) and, since becoming a country house hotel in 1883, Renvyle House has played host to many famous people – Augustus John, Lady Gregory, Yeats and Churchill among them.
About The Walks on our Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara:
The Western Way- approx. 10Km with very little incline
Lough Corrib to Maum -We will be shortening this walk by driving out of Oughterard to Lough Corrib Shoreline. The trail travels along the Lough Corrib shoreline for approx. 5.5 kilometres north west toward Maum. A few kilometres beyond Doon Rock the trail enters a forestry plantation and for the first time the sensation of remoteness will be experienced. The R336 brings the hiker over the pass and down toward Maum.
Famine Walk – Killary Fjord – approx. 8Km incline of approx. 80m – 100m.
Starting from Rosroe Pier. The trail sits on the south side of the Killary Fjord in Connemara is one of Ireland’s most scenic and historic flat coastal walks. Also known as Killary harbour coastal walk or the “famine walk” as much of the road on which the trail takes was built as relief work during the Irish famine 1845-52.
The trail is a linear coastal walk along the south side of Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only true Fjord.
Inisbofin Island Loop Walk: Cloonamore Loop walk is an 8 km loop with an incline of 80m. It starts on the east side of the Island at the pier and takes in small roads and lane-ways and bog roads to the far side of this wonderful Island. Inisbofin is full of beautiful scenery, history and local folklore not to mention its incredible beaches.
Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara: Itinerary.
Day 1)Transfer from Dublin to Oughterard followed by a walk on the Western Way.
In the morning we will leave Dublin and make our way to Oughterard. This is traditionally where the Western way starts. Oughterard is a small town close to Lough Corrib and is known as the gateway to Connemara. We can stop in this town before making towards Lough Corrib to begin our walk. The walk travel along the side of this great lake as it makes its way towards Maum.
Once we reach Maum we will make our way towards Renvyle houes where we are staying for the next two nights.
Dinner is included this evening and we can explore this beautiful area on arrival.
Day 2) Ferry To Inisbofin and Guided walk.
This morning after breakfast we travel out towards Cleggan to catch a ferry to Inisbofin.
Once we reach Inisbofin we will walk the Cloonamore Loop walk on this Island. Its about an 2hr loop walk giving us some extra time to explore this beautiful Island before we get the ferry back.
Depending on what time we get back we could visit the town of Clifden for a bite before making our way back towards Renvyle house.
Day 3) Famine Walk, Lennaun – return to Dublin
After breakfast we will take a short drive to Rosroe pier to start what is know locally as the “famine walk” because it was built during the famine on a relief scheme. The walk is one the most scenic flat walks in Ireland as it hugs along the south coast of Killary Fjord. The impressive mountains on the north side in County Mayo give a lovely back drop to this walk.
After our walk we can drop into Lennaun for a snack before making our way back towards Dublin.
This trip is open to those who who have appropriate footwear and rain gear. We have had great fun on previous weekends away so are hoping for a lively, easy going gang who love walking, and exploring some of the hidden treasures in this country.
What to Bring
Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara. Extras to bring
N.B. Ireland’s climate is of a moderate type and suited to walking all year round. Although it is quite changeable so starting a walk on a fine clear morning may not be the case for the afternoon.
Hill walking Boots
Rucksack for walks (25L)
Walking Trousers (Not Jeans)
Waterproofs (Just in Case)
Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
Questions about our Luxury Walking Weekend in Connemara
About the walks and fitness levels:
All the walks are taken at a pace to suit the group.
The groups can have a mixed level of fitness and age usually.
If the weather is to bad on a certain day to do the suggested walk, then the guide will suggest an alternative one.
The Guide will have the final say on the day of the chosen walk for the safety of the group.
The Accommodation: We are staying at Renvyle House. The grounds include a private freshwater lake for fishing and boating, a beach, woodlands, gardens and numerous activities on site including tennis, croquet, outdoor heated swimming pool, canoeing and shore angling. For a unique location, an award-winning Restaurant, comfortable bedrooms and a truly uplifting break, here, the only stress is on relaxation.
• All bedrooms are en-suite with bath & shower, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and hairdryer.
• A comfortable lounge area, fine dining restaurant with seasonal & locally sourced food produce.
• Fresh breakfast is cooked to order with table service
• Free Wifi is also available
1 evening meal is included as part of the tour in the award winning Roshenduff Restaurant (5 Course)
Breakfasts are included and there is a wide selection to choose from including a Full Irish, fruit, cereals etc.
Lunches for the walks: We will stop in the mornings at Delis or shops to get these.
April 21st – 23rd 2023
Cost: €495pps, Hilltoptreks Members: €475pps,
Single Supplement €75 (Limited availability) Deposit: €75 required at the time of booking.
Pickup: Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street at 09:30am
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