View towards Inishturk and Turbot Island from Fountainhill beach near Claddaghduff

View towards Inishturk and Turbot Island from Fountainhill beach near Claddaghduff 



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Historic ruined church adjacent to Cartron Lake in Moyard

Historic ruined church adjacent to Cartron Lake in Moyard


Saddle between Ben Bury and Mweelrea

Climbing Mweelrea, the highest mountain in the province


View over the 12 Bens from Mweelrea

View over the 12 Bens from Mweelrea


Paddling on East End, Inishbofin

Paddling on East End Inishbofin


Climbing to the summit of Diamond Hill

Climbing to the summit of Diamond Hill


Booley village on Achill Head

Ancient summer dwellings on Achill Head


Lunch looking up at Knockmore on Clare Island

Looking towards Knockmore on Clare Island


Passing through Fields along Tóchar Phádraig

Ancient pilgrimage route in Co Mayo.


Doonahinnena (Dún na hInne) cliffs, Inishbofin

Doonahinnena cliffs, Inishbofin island


View of Diamond Hill from the Connemara National Park

View of Diamond Hill from the Connemara National Park





Warnings, Disclaimers and other Important Information

Multi-Day Connemara Guided Walking Breaks for Small Groups 

Walk Connemara is offering multi-day guided walking tours specially designed to suit groups arriving from Frankfurt on Ryanair’s (or from Dusseldoft on Lufthansa's) new services to Knock Ireland West Airport (flights not included in our price). The tours are ideally suited to groups of 4-8 people, but larger groups possible on the less challenging walks, and we can also cater for individuals or smaller groups.

The Breaks are "self-packaged"; the accommodation, walking and transport components are booked separately. The prices below include the accommodation but not the transport; you would need to check (and book) the flights, and car hire yourself. See how to book below. Please email us to enquire.

Ross Beach close to Cornerstones B&B with view of the 12 Bens

  • Flexible duration of 2 to 9 days.
  • Guided by experienced local guide Paul Phelan, author of “Connemara and Mayo – A Walking Guide”, who understands some German. 
  • Wide range of fitness levels catered for; from groups of walkers with an average fitness level, to moderately fit groups, and groups of extremely fit hikers.
  • Scheduled around the new low-cost Ryanair flights to Knock Ireland West from Frankfurt Hahn, with a guided afternoon/evening walk on the day of arrival and guided walks each subsequent day (apart from the day of departure). 
  • Walks customised to meet your needs and interests.
  • Local accommodation in award-winning Cornerstones B&B (booked separately or other e.g. hotel/self-catering if preferred).
  • Tours are based in North-West Connemara, about 1½ hours’ drive from Knock Ireland West Airport, adjacent to the 12 Bens mountain range and the coast, and convenient to Letterfrack, Clifden and Cleggan.
  • Cost includes the use of walking poles and two signed copies of the book “Connemara and Mayo – A walking Guide” (per group).

Challenging hikes in the rugged beauty of the Maamturks Mountains

Totally Flexible:

You choose how many days’ walking you want and the type of walks you prefer. You book your accommodation and rent a car that suits you. You choose where to have your meals, whether it’s pub grub or a gourmet restaurant. Our Walk Details page has examples of the types of walk on offer.

Accommodation Partner:

We recommend Cornerstones B&B, a high-quality local B&B known for its home baking which has spectacular views of the mountains and sea from every bedroom. 

Enjoy a coastal walk on the shores of Ballynakill Bay

Tour Details:

Here is a breakdown of the Walk Connemara Tour (between 2 and 9 days). Our schedule is adaptable to suit your flight arrival time. For those who simply want to relax on the day of arrival, the schedule for Day 1 can be postponed until the following morning. Remember this tour will be customised for how you want it, so you can view this as a suggested schedule.

Day 1: 

Your guide will meet you at your accommodation to plan your walking schedule. Our guide has detailed knowledge and experience of the local area and will be able to advise you on the best walks to suit your specific interests and fitness levels taking into account the weather and local terrain. This will be a detailed discussion and will greatly enhance your experience of Connemara. Following this discussion you will be able to take in a full-length walk in the local area.

(Note that times are shown as a range as they depend on your flight time and the day of the week).

Approx time 
11:15/12:15  Arrive Knock Ireland West Airport
Pick up Rent-a-car
Drive to Moyard
13:30/14:30 Check in Cornerstones B&B
Complimentary afternoon tea/coffee and with fresh home baking,
Meet with guide for weather update, discuss walk options, finalise your chosen walks, check equipment (we can rent you some equipment if notified in advance).
14:00/15:00 Depart on foot for local guided afternoon/evening walk e.g. Beach and Ballynakill Coastline (option to finish at a local pub/restaurant; your guide can recommend a range of cafes, restaurants and pubs in in the nearby area convenient to your walking route).
Decide on walks for Day 2 with advice from guide.
19:00 – 21:00 Go out to dinner (not included in price)

  

For Lufthhansa flights, arriving 13:10, we would recommend delaying the first walking day to Day 2.

Days 2-9: 

Approx time 
08:00 Breakfast in Cornerstones B&B 
09:15 Depart with Rent-a-car, for full day Walking Tour:
Two short walks or one long hike
Packed lunch from Cornerstones possible (extra charge)
Island trips possible (ferry boat costs extra)
17:00-18:00End of day's walking. Decide on walks for the following day (if applicable) with advice from guide (also for Dinner options in cafes, restaurants and pubs in the nearby area convenient to your walking route). 
19:00 – 21:00 Go out to dinner (not included in price)

  

Pricing

The Guided Walking Tour and accommodation are priced independently, enabling various accommodation options. Cornerstones B&B is offering a discount and complimentary refreshment when you arrive if you have booked a Walk Connemara Tour.

The Guided Walking Tour costs €260/day for a group of up to eight people, including rental of walking poles and two signed copies of “Connemara and Mayo – A walking Guide”. The tour cost excludes flights, car-hire, accommodation, food, additional transportation (taxis, buses, ferry/boat journeys) and any other costs.

Accommodation is priced by the accommodation provider. Cornerstones B&B currently costs €38 per person sharing (€50 for single) per night (including breakfast) during July August or €33 per person sharing (€45 for single) per night outside July August. If you book a walking tour with Walk Connemara, you are entitled to get a 5% discount from Cornerstones (after you have made your bookings) and you will get complimentary afternoon tea/coffee and fresh homemade scones when you arrive. A packed lunch (Sandwich, Biscuit, Fruit, Drink) costs €6.50. For availability see the Cornerstones website.  If Cornerstones does not have availability take a look at the others listed on our Local Links page and let us know which one you are interested in. Other accommodation providers will have their own prices, and possibly additional services (e.g. Dinner), but may not offer the complimentary snack on arrival and their location may affect the walking programme.

The total price is the accommodation cost plus the guiding price (per walking day). For example, for a group of eight (four couples), a three day walking tour in March-June would cost €192/per person. This includes three nights of accommodation with breakfast, three days of guided walking (including a walk on the day you arrive), the use of walking poles plus two copies of the “Connemara and Mayo” guide book. This  price excludes  flights,  car rental and other meals. For smaller groups, the total package cost per person is higher. For instance, with a group of four (two couples sharing) the package price for the three day walking tour in March-June would be €289/per person. The tables below show the prices for various group sizes and numbers of walking days. 

Price per person sharing of walking tour with accommodation in Cornerstones B&B for different group sizes and walking days:

 

September-June (except July-August)

Days

Group Size (Persons Sharing B&B)

4 people

6 people

8 people

2

193

149

128

3

289

224

192

4

385

299

255

5

482

373

319

6

578

448

383

 

July-August

Days

Group Size (Persons Sharing B&B)

4 people

6 people

8 people

2

202

159

137

3

303

238

206

4

404

318

274

5

506

397

343

6

607

477

412


For smaller groups or couples, the price per person will be higher. Alternatively, there is the possibility to join one of our Scheduled Walks.  Please ask us for a quotation if you cannot see a price for the option that you require.

How to Book Your Customised Connemara Guided Walking Break:

  1. Check the flight schedule on Ryanair (or Lufthansa) or Knock Ireland West Airport 
  2. Choose your dates on Ryanair
  3. Email us at walkxyzconnemara@gmail.com (you need to type this address) to reserve the dates.
  4. We will respond to let you know if the dates are available and we will hold your reservation for 24 hours
  5. Book your flights
  6. Confirm your dates with us - we will reconfirm your booking and issue you an invoice for payment via PayPal
  7. Book your accommodation at Cornerstones - or let us know and we will help you find a suitable alternative

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