Trekking a mountain pass or a famine way in the rural west of Ireland, a herdsman’s track in the Burren, or a Pilgrim path in Connemara, one is instantly connected with those that walked these paths before you. The west of Ireland offers an abundance of walking opportunities within an hours drive of Galway City. Off course if you are travelling with TrekkingTruTime your knowledge of the medieval city will be greatly enhanced by our ‘Trek Tru Town’ – a two hour introduction to the capital of the west through its network of waterways, including lake-side, river-side, canal-side and sea-side walks. It appears the history of Galway can be read in its waters and all our clients find this a great way to blow the cobwebs and sample the joys of Galway. However while in Galway dont limit yourself to water there are a number of traditional bars where you can sit and watch the world go by. Freeney’s, Murphy’s and Naughton’s are all worth a visit.
The Burren is a remarkable limestone landscape located one hour south of Galway City. Its best visited in Spring and early summer when rare wild flowers are in bloom but honestly there is no wrong time to walk in the burren. A trek on Mullaghmore, Eagles Rock or Blackhead will leave you spellbound. The hills are not particularly high and, while the terrain can be difficult at times, the walks make it all worthwhile. Perched eating lunch overlooking Galway Bay on a summer’s day is something that will stay with long after you return home. Lower to ground, a visit to the tea rooms in Ballyvaughan or the Burren Perfumery will enhance your visit. Off course the Burren region is also famous for its archaeology and any trip should ensure a visit to one of the dramatic stone forts or the spectacular Pulnabrone portal dolmen or an isolated ‘holy well’. A little further down the road will bring you to the cliffs of Moher where there is a wonderful cliff walk.
Connemara is reached by travelling west of Galway and here you will finds some of the best walking in all of Ireland. Both the maumturk mountain range and the Twelve Bens ( Twelve peaks all with Ben in their name) are challenging ranges but your efforts will be rewarded. Diamond Hill provides for those that want a shorter, less strenuous trek and then there is Mweelrea for those that want to tick the box of climbing the highest mountain in the west. For this walk you ideally want a cloudless day so you can avail of the breathtaking view over Clew Bay to Clare Island and Inisboffin. Off course you dont need to climb a mountain to enjoy trekking in Connemara as there hundreds of narrow rural roads that will take you out off this world and transport you to the place of your dreams. If planning an overnight or extended stay in this area then Ballynahich Castle, Inagh Lodge and Cashel house are favourites. A visit to the Burren smokehouse is always interesting and gives you the opportunity to taste and purchase some of their famous produce.