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pdtempan
2006-08-08 12:22:33
Connemara
Richard, a lot depends on the level of walking you want to do, but I can give you a few general tips.

Connemara has some beautiful walks, and if you want to stick to the most challenging areas, like the Maam Turks and Twelve Bens, and you get the weather to do it, you will have plenty to keep you occupied for four days. On the other hand, walkers who want to do half-day walks are not very well catered for. For example, the Diamond Hill walk (recently re-opened, I think) is the one and only walk which is encouraged within the National Park, while the options from Kylemore Abbey area are much more limited than you would think: no access to Doughruagh because the nuns are afraid you will break your neck, and on the S side of the valley you have very high grass and a deer fence to contend with. Basically, neither the National Park or Kylemore Abbey are interested in encouraging walking tourism. They just want the tour coaches. Over the last few years I have come across a few good alternatives: Tully Mountain near Letterfrack has a terrific view both of the Bens and the islands. Errisbeg near Roundstone is also worth climbing and at this time of year the gorse and heather (including the rare St. Dabeoc's heath) are particularly spectacular in this area. If you want a low-level walk in the event of bad weather/tiredness, there is a very scenic walk on Inishnee, a group of islands opposite Roundstone connected by causeway and bridge. There is a quiet road on one side and paths looping round the other side, so you need not retrace your steps too much. You won't get a view from the very tip though, as it is private. Hope this help, and enjoy!
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An Bhinn Bhuí: Benwee Loop walk towards Portacloy.
ucampbell 16 hours ago.
The Loop walks here are well signposted, it's a great idea to go out onto each headland.

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Coastal Hill
sandman 19 hours ago.
On 26/4/2014 i spent a very enjoyable afternoon walking this area visiting the army observation hut and the stone constructed EIRE marking as part of an addition to the Benwee Head Loop walk but i...

  
Summit Comment
Doonvinalla N Top: Flat topped but hard to get to.
simon3 19 hours ago.
View from the west.

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simon3 2 days ago.
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Near Galtybeg, Galty Mountains (Ireland)
caiomhin 2 days ago.
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Benwee Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 19 hours ago.
View from the east.

  
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Riddle of the Spinc
BleckCra 2 days ago.
I was at Glendalough yesterday and on the Spinc for the first time. I cannot imagine there haven't already been a thousand hours debate on the boardwalk and and that there won't be a thousand hour...

  
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Benwee NE Head: Jagged summit
simon3 20 hours ago.
Picture from the west.

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Kid Island: Steepwalled island.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 21 hours ago.
Kid Island is very visible from Benwee Head.

  
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Lenadoon Coastal Walk
simon3 2 days ago.
walk, Len: 2.5km, Climb: 8m, Area: Mayo Coastal Hill (Ireland)

  
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Buckaun East: Cliffy north edge.
simon3 22 hours ago.
This is a picture of Buckaun East taken from the valley below.. Obviously the safest way to go up and down this is to the left or south of the ridge.


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