Ireland is a country of contrasts: one day rough and spectacular and then again quite quiet and idyllic. Especially in the West there is one highlight after another. The first one are the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The route along the escarpment is considered one of the most stunning coastal hikes in the world. After that tranquility follows on the Aran Islands. You will encounter a languorous ambience in Kilronnan, when the sun sets over the sea on the horizon. Onwards along the Great Western Way, which leads you through moor landscapes and along picturesque lakes to the one and only fjord in Connemara.

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Itinerary

More than 120 metres the Cliffs of Moher proturde from the Atlantic. This impressive cliff scenery is the backdrop for your first day of hiking. In the morning a short transfer to Liscannor from where you follow the Cliffs of Moher-Trail, which leads you directly along the cliffs back to Doolin.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
450 m
500 m

In the morning transfer to the ferry pier and crossing to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Stone walls were piled up here as far as the eye can see in order to be able to work the barren ground. The route leads you past a seal colony to the world-famous ruins of Dún Aenghus (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site). When you arrive, the masses of tourists will already have moved on and you can explore this spectacualr site in peace and quiet. After that hike back to Cill Rónáin.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
17 km
230 m
230 m

In the morning you return by ferry to Ross a’ Mhil on the mainland. Here you get picked up and taken to Lough Boffin, your starting point for your walk today. The route takes you then along the lake ‚Lough Corrib’. At the end of the lake you walk through an amazing moor landscape. Short transfer to your accommodation.

approx. 5,5 hours
19 km
250 m
260 m

Transfer back to the valley of Tiernakill. One of the highlights of the Great Western Way are the ‚Maumturk Mountains’. The scenery appears nearly alpine, however a glance onto the endless green hills and countless sheep reveals why Connemara is considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Once you have arrived at the Maum Ean-pass, a mystic site awaits. A little chapel, Celtic crosses and a statue of St Patrick turn this into a sacred place. The day ends with a descent to the lake ‚Lough Inagh’.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
16 km
400 m
350 m

Trees are a rare commodity in Ireland, however today’s route soon leads you through several forests. This stage is very varied. You leave the hills of the Maumturk Mountains and the 12 Bens behind you and soon the terrain becomes more level. Your Day Finish is the little coastal village of Leenane, situated in a picturesque location at the end of the Killary fjord.

approx. 5 hours
15 km
170 m
230 m

Transfer to the fishing harbour Rosroe. This is the start of the ‚Famine Trail’, established during the time of famine in Ireland, in order to facilitate transporting groceries faster inland. Today this narrow trail winds along the coast of the Killary fjord offering spectacular views.

approx. 3 to 4 hours
14 km
130 m
210 m
Hiking Ireland's Western Way map

Tour character

For the hike along the Cliffs of Moher-Trail a head for heights is prerequisite. For all other daily tours up to 19 km a good basic fitness level is required. Some surefootedness is an advantage during the descent from Maum Ean-pass.

Services & information

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers and ferry crossings according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Optional:

  • Organized transfer from Leenane to Westport, CHF 60.- per way, reservation required, payable on spot.
Information

Arrival / Departure:

  • Airport Dublin or Shannon.
  • Airport Dublin. Via Citylink-bus (www.citylink.ie) to Galway, approx. 2.5 hours. Or from Dublin Heuston via train (www.irishrail.ie) to Galway, approx. 2 hours. From Galway via bus (www.buseireann.ie) to Doolin, duration approx. 2 hours.
  • Airport Shannon via bus and train to Doolin, approx. 2.5 hours.
  • Organized transfer from Leenane to Westport available. Westport via train to Dublin Heuston, approx. 3.5 hours.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Luggage transfer Aran Islands (with ferry crossings luggage needs to be taken autonomously)

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