Headwater - Connemara Trails and Island Walk

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Trip code: 
W08CO
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
12

Exploring the stunning wild countryside of the Galway/Mayo regions on western Ireland, where very little has changed over the centuries, Connemara's haunting landscapes will capture your imagination.

Connemara's haunting landscapes will capture your imagination just as they have done many artists'. On this 8-night trip you'll discover a mystical land of loughs, bogs and beautiful lakes, as well as one of the islands, Inishbofin, which sits remote and wonderful in the wild and windswept Atlantic.

Highlights

  • Ireland's west coast: rural and idyllic, where time has stood still
  • The stunning, wild Connemara peninsula
  • Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord
  • Picturesque Inishbofin Island, peppered with ancient sites
  • Friendly hotels and delicious, fresh food

Key information

  • 8 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 4 days walking
  • Departs Every 2 days from 19 May '18 to 18 Oct '18
  • Route notes and maps provided 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers

What's included

  • All breakfasts and four evening meals
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers
  • Route directions and maps

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Terrain:

Walks are well marked paths, with a mix of gravel, stone, forest and hard packed earth.

Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/10.0miles
Day 417.0km/11.0miles
Day 68.0km/5.0miles
Day 714.0km/9.0miles

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Itinerary

Westport
to
Westport
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Westport

    Check in to the centrally-located hotel and pick from one of the many restaurants or even the chic bistro of the hotel for dinner (payable locally). (Staying at the Clew Bay Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Westport to Leenane

    Set off along the Western Way. Enjoy stunning views as you pass Lough Lugacolliwee, shimmering Lough Tawnyard, and follow a riverside trail through the valley. Arrive at the rushing Aasleagh Falls then continue into Leenane, sitting on the bay of Killary Harbour (Ireland's fjord) and your hotel. (Staying at the Leenane Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Leenane

    The little village sits at the bay on the fjord, perhaps take a lift up to the harbour and take a cruise on the fjord, or jump on the bus to Kylemore Abbey or Connemara National Park to walk the impressive Diamond Hill. Before dinner, maybe try a seaweed bath in the hotel. (Staying at the Leenane Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Leenane to Lough Inagh

    Follow a shepherds' trail above the fjord for stunning views out to sea, before dropping down on through a forest trail. A stunning path opens out as you dissect the Maumturks mountains and Ben Gorm, one of the Twelve Bens. (Staying at Lough Inagh Lodge)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    At Lough Inagh

    From your beautiful lodge, pick a short or longer loop walk along the lough, or walk up Mamean, a local pilgrimage trail, to a pretty mountain chapel. Tonight we leave you to decide between the 4-course menu or to sample the bar menu at the hotel (payable locally). (Staying at Lough Inagh Lodge)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Lough Inagh to Inishbofin Island

    Today we transfer you to the little harbour at Cleggan to take the 30-minute ferry to beautiful Inishbofin. After checking in, you could walk the west end loop to see the impressive stags and enjoy fantastic views over the smaller island. (Staying at the Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    At Inishbofin Island

    Head to the east of the island today, where small lanes take you to a stunning shepherds' trail that crosses a lunar-esque landscape, passing tiny loughs and with beautiful views of the Atlantic. Heading north, you can visit Inishturk and Clare Island. You can also walk to Cromwell's ruined castle or take a kayak trip around the harbour. Inishbofin is beautiful, and has less than 200 inhabitants. In October, the island holds its own food festival too! (Staying at the Inishbofin House Hotel & Marine Spa)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Inishbofin to Westport

    Take the lunch-time boat after walking the mid island loop, which takes you to the island's highest point. We meet you at Cleggan to transfer you to Westport; from here you can follow the trail along the river to Westport Quay for great views of Clew Bay, before heading out to eat in one of Westport's many restaurants (payable locally). (Staying at the Clew Bay Hotel)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Leave Westport

    Leave Westport, or perhaps have a couple of extra nights in the lively town. There is beautiful greenway that runs from Achill Island.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Ireland

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

Ireland

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and four evening meals included.

Weather

The climate on the West Coast of Ireland is mild due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. The weather, however, is temperamental and proves quite hard to predict, therefore it is important to be prepared for all weather. The warmer months tend to be the summer months, July and August, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 during the year. The wettest months tend to be from October through to March. April is often the driest month. Rain can be expected at any time of the year. 

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)
Average daily distance on move on days: 13.5km (8.6miles). 
No. of days Walking: 4  
Terrain and route: Walks are well marked paths, with a mix of gravel, stone, forest and hard packed earth. Walking boots are essential especially for sections that can at times be muddy.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in a nice mix of hotels; a 3-Star charming town hotel, a fjord-side spa hotel, a former grand fishing lodge and a relaxing island hotel, complete with spa.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936