Connemara is undoubtedly one of the most scenic regions in the world in which to hike and walk, whether along the rugged Maumturks or the quartzite peaks of the Twelve Bens. Everything from a gentle stroll to a challenging and exhilarating climb is possible - we have listed some of our favourite routes below, with directions and some helpful tips.
We ask that you read and follow the principles of Leave no Trace, in order to preserve the unspoilt beauty of Connemara for future generations.
If you have discovered a route that you would like to tell us about, please email details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to include it here!
Before you set out, check the weather with Met Eireann.
Leave no Trace - the 7 Principles
As increasing numbers of people seek the beauty and exhilaration of outdoor recreation, our collective mark on the environment and its natural processes increases. Litter, disturbance to vegetation, water pollution, wildlife, livestock and other people are all indicators of the need to develop a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage. Techniques designed to minimise the social and environmental impacts to these areas are incorporated into the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics Education Programme as Seven Principles
Sleepzone Recommended Walks
We have chosen two of our favourite walks - Killary Harbour Walk (also known as the Famine Walk) and the Leenane Walk are right on the doorstep of The Connemara Hostel. Click here for details on these walks.
Irish Times - Selected Walks
Contributors to the Irish national newspaper the Irish Times have selected their favourite walks in Connemara, often featured in 'Go' - the popular Irish Times Saturday travel supplement. Click here for details on these walks.
Connemara National Park Walks
The Connemara National Park covers 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Click here for details on some of these walks.
The Western Way
The Western Way is a 50km, long-distance walking trail. It is divided here into a number of sections each representing a half days walking. The trail starts in Oughterard and ends in Leenane, on the Galway-Mayo border, the location of The Connemara Hostel. Click here for details on these walks.
Some Other Walks of Interest
There are so many walking options in Connemara that we could not include them all! However, click here for just a few more routes that can be enjoyed while you stay at The Connemara Hostel.