Four Seasons Walking Festival, Connemara, Ireland
This year why not make a date to explore the Connemara landscape with not just great walking but great guides who will provide a fantastic insight into the very unique cultural, archaeological and historic heritage of the area? This unique event has a selection of walks for each season with every route specially designed and chosen to suit the particular time of year
Spring 2012 – 16th to 18 March
Summer 2012 – 1st to 3rd June
Autumn 2012 – 19th to 21st October
Winter 2012 – December
The Walking Festival takes place with an introductory talk by Michael Gibbons, where he will share with you the rich history and secrets of the Connemara Islands and Highlands.
Examples of the Walks Available:
Errisbeg is a beautiful peat covered mountain of igneous rock wedged between the wild lake lands of Roundstone Bog and the Atlantic Ocean. The walking is on rough ground but you’re rewarded with three peaks to climb and expansive views – to the northwest is High Island, with Slyne Head lighthouse to the far west. The Twelve Bens Mountains dominate the view to the north, and to the south lies an assortment of islands, including the famous pilgrimage Island of St. Macdara. Further south still, on a clear day the great holy mountain of Mount Brandon pokes its head above the ocean swells.
Edging Errisbeg are the beautiful beaches of Dog’s Bay and Gurteen, where an ancient village was uncovered from the sands before being covered over again in a mighty storm.
Duration: 3-5 hours
Walk Grade: Moderate
Requirements: Boots (good ankle support mandatory) / wetgear / water / energy snacks / camera (optional).
Meeting Point: Site of the disused quarry, south west side of Errisbeg Hill, 9 miles drive from Clifden, 3 miles from Roundstone (map will be issued), 10.30am
Omey Island – Omey, a tidal island accessible on foot, is a wonderful island of rock and sand and a spiritual place with secret monastic sites. Omey is home to less than twenty people now, but its many archaeological sites are evidence of a once thriving community, its history mirroring the many waves of change throughout the millenia. St. Feichin founded a monastery here and his Holy Well is still venerated by local fishermen. The complex coastal midden sites are harrowing indications of settlement and erosion. Easy walking along small roads and open track ways and beaches.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Walk Grade: Easy
Requirements: Boots (good ankle support) / wet gear / water / energy snacks / camera (optional).
Meeting Point: Church carpark, Cladaghduff, 7 miles from Clifden, 10.30am (this walk is tide dependent, times may change)
1. All participants must have hiking boots and appropriate clothing
2. All walks will be between 3 and 6 hours in duration with opt-out options on the day
3. While walkers of all levels are welcome the mountain walk is not suitable for any person with a serious medical condition
4. Participants must transport themselves to and from start and finish points
5. Where applicable ferry charge of € 20 per person is payable directly to ferry company on the day. Concessions may apply.
6. All dining and packed lunches will be provided by the hotel you have booked.
Each all-inclusive hotel package features 2 or 3 nights bed & breakfast and dinner on one or two evenings in any one of the participating hotels listed below. There will be two guided walks on each weekend and, to enhance the experience, a pre-walk archeological / historic lecture delivered by Michael Gibbons in the Station House Theatre. Packages also include 2 packed lunches… and all from € 199 per person sharing for a 2-night break or € 299 for a 3-night break!
Day Walkers – Tickets must be purchased in advance of the walks and are available from Cashel House Hotel. Tickets are from €25 with a packed lunch. All are welcome to attend Michael Gibbons’ talk in the Station House Theatre.
Weekend Walkers – To book simply contact us, choose your season and dust down your walking boots!