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Jun
8
Sat
2019
Achill Island Walks (No Mountains) @ Dooagh
Jun 8 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Achill Island Walks, with no Mountain Climbing

Location : Achill Island, West Mayo.
Level : Easy / Moderate.
Duration : Approx. 7 hours (first walk is 3.5hrs, second walk 2.5hrs, plus some rambling around).
Achill Island WalkscDeserted Village
Description :
Achill Island is Ireland’s largest offshore island, though linked by a bridge. [Or as Achill people say, “Ireland is Achill’s largest offshore island”]
While many would associate hiking on the island with Slievemore and the magnificent 688m high sea cliffs at Croaghaun (Europe’s second highest, after the Faroe Islands), there are other lovely places to walk, without any steep climbing required.
Our day along this wonderful part of the Wild Atlantic Way will consist of two easy to moderate hikes, with lunch in a café/bar (not included in price) and some interesting site visits in our cars in between. This jaunt between our walks will bring us to some of the most magnificent stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way, where splendid photo opportunities abound.
On our morning hike (linear; 13km; 3.5hrs), we will visit a megalithic tomb, the Deserted Village and prehistoric houses, as well as enjoying wonderful sea views and historical curiosities.
After lunch and a visit to a superb promontory fort perched on a magnificent stretch of Achill’s rugged coastline, our afternoon walk is a 7km loop that will take us 2.5 hours and, once again, offer us great sea views.

Achill Island Walks – Prices & Reservations

Please note that cancellations within one week of the event date will not receive a refund.

Adult
Date :
€ 20
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 10

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout. Please provide your mobile phone number during the booking process, so you can be updated with details, prior to the date.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Achill Island Tourism

Learn more about Achill Island in general from the local tourism website.

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature @ Cong
Jul 20 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature : Prices & Reservation (includes picnic lunch and taxi back) :

Please note that cancellations within one week of the event date will not receive a refund.

Adult
Date :
€ 20
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 10

First, select your chosen date (where there is more than one available).

Second, hit the “Add to Cart” button.

Third, proceed to your Shopping Cart on the right-hand side, to indicate number of walkers and to complete your booking.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature – A Guided Walk

This lovely gentle walk takes us between Cong in south County Mayo and Clonbur (An Fhairche) in neighbouring Galway. Dominated by great lakes and attractive woods, this is a beautiful place to take a gentle stroll through lovely nature.

It is particularly lovely in late April / early May, when the bluebells are in bloom and throughout high summer.

Location : Start at Cong village, near Ballinrobe, south Mayo and finish at nearby Clonbur . The walk is entirely off-road on 14 km of forest trails.

Level : Easy. This is a one-way walk, with a taxi ride back to Cong afterwards (included).

Walking Tour Duration : approx. 5 – 6 hours.

Description :
Discover the history and nature of this wonderful place, along with some of its most endearing legends. This walk includes lunch and a taxi back to the start. Numbers are limited.
This is a lovely gentle walking tour through native woodland, along Lough Mask’s shoreline and taking in the “Mini Burren” of limestone pavement, a ruined castle, caves and wetland habitats. We walk along an old forest track, created in the early 20th Century for the Guinness family of Ashford Castle, allowing them to take a day trip by carriage along the shore of Lough Mask and through the forest.

 

Cong Woods history, legends and nature

Walking at Cong, Co. Mayo

 

The woodlands we encounter are a mix of exotics and native broadleaves. Conifers have been removed from large areas in order to allow the regeneration of native trees, like Ash. Exotic trees planted at the time of the Guinness estate add to the variety we meet and are mature, with healthy undergrowth of wildlflowers as we go along. The mini Burren on the shores of Lough Mask presents a new habitat, with early Orchids and prostrate Juniper among other interesting plant species to be seen.
Curious features like the sink holes of this limestone landscape, the underpasses along the trail and the disappearing and re-appearing river flows add to the day. There’s also the wonderful ruin of Ballykine Castle, hidden among the Beech trees to discover, as well as Cong Abbey in the village.

This walk from Cong to Clonbur is entirely flat, with no rises of any note. No matter what level of walker you are, this is a relaxing, gentle walk that you can comfortably take part in and enjoy. Just bring along water, snacks and your camera!

Learn more about where we will discover Cong woods history, legends and nature, from this post.

Here is a link to Cong’s Tourist Information Centre.

Aug
24
Sat
2019
The Bangor Trail Long-Distance Hike @ Letterkeen Forest carpark, Co, Mayo, Ireland
Aug 24 @ 09:30 – 20:30

The Bangor Trail is a 26-km long trek through the wet boglands that skirt the Nephin Beg mountains of west Mayo.

Hiking this trail is a tough day out, with generally demanding underfoot conditions, although there is almost no climbing involved. The Trail is a centuries old drover’s track, for people bringing their north Mayo animals to the market town of Newport.

From Newport to Letterkeen, the Trail is unattractive, being mostly on tarmac surfaces. Our hike is entirely off-road and begins at the carpark of the Latterkeen plantation forest.

This is a wonderful day out in the wilds of County Mayo. You will feel the isolation of this most authentic of Irish hiking trails, as we cross expansive blanket bog systems towards Bangor Erris in the north.

Bangor Trail, Mayo

Location : Letterkeen Forest carpark, near Newport, County Mayo.

Level : Tough, but without any major steep sections.

Duration : 10  to 12 hours.

Walk Description : Leaving the carpark, we spend the first section on the popular Letterkeen Loop Walk, before leaving it to complete the rarely hiked full Bangor Trail, 26km of wet boggy underfoot conditions. This is an uninhabited area, where you can lose yourself in the vastness of west Mayo’s wilderness. We walk beneath Nephin Beg, Slieve Carr and Knocklettercuss, crossing the Tarsaghaunmore River, before emerging towards the village of Bangor Erris beyond. A truly unique and wonderful day’s hiking.

You absolutely must have fully waterproof hiking boots and should have waterproof trousers and jacket. If you have gaitors, bring them along! Bring a packed lunch and more food, plus loads of water.

A lift back to the start is provided.

The Bangor Trail Prices & Reservation :

Please note that cancellations within one week of the event date will not receive a refund.

Adult
Date :
€ 30
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 20

Having hit the ” Book Now!” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Sep
8
Sun
2019
France Guided Walking Week 2019 @ Rural South of France
Sep 8 – Sep 15 all-day

A wonderful, relaxing and enjoyable week of walking between gorgeous towns and villages in the south of France, through mostly oak-dominated native woodlands.

If you would like to receive the tour brochure,

please drop me an email to info@tourismpurewalking.com.

Questions? Give me a call on 086-8318748.

We walk mostly off-road, through beautiful forests and alongside open fields, from one stunning little village to the next. We enjoy one rest day, where we visit a super outdoors market in a beautiful and bustling town. This trip really gets you into the very heart of rural southern France, for a week of great walking, food, wine and company, all at a relaxed pace. There is no climbing involved!

Please visit here for event details.

May
8
Fri
2020
Birdwatching – Poland Wildlife Trip 2020 @ National Parks of Eastern Poland
May 8 – May 15 all-day

Join our small group for a fantastic week of bird watching and wildlife spotting in Poland.

This trip is full board for 7 nights based in two magnificent National Parks of Eastern Poland, with our wonderful local guide, who is a National Parks Ranger in Poland.

Provisional dates for our 2020 trip are from Friday May 8th to Friday May 15th, inclusive. The cost is €895 pps, not including flights from Dublin to Warsaw.

harrier-country

This site holds Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit and more!

For further event details, please visit http://tourismpurewalking.com/poland-wildlife-tour/

Listen to what Éanna and Richard from Mooney Goes Wild thought of their participation on this trip.

To read my report on one of our previous trips, please visit http://tourismpurewalking.com/wildlife-tour-poland-2015-report/

Please call 086-8318748 or email info [at] tourismpurewalking.com if you would like to join our small group or to ask any questions.

Birdwatching and Wildlife Spotting in Poland

Aquatic Warbler