Tourism Pure Walking Holidays

Guided Walking Holidays in Mayo & Connemara, Ireland


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Cong Woods History, Legends and Nature @ REPEATS SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2018.
Apr 21 @ 10:00 – 16:00

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 nature at its very best.

It is particularly lovely in late April, when the bluebells are in bloom.

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 and your camera !

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

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

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!
Learn more about where we will discover Cong woods history, legends and nature, from this post.
Poland Wildlife Trip 2018 @ 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.

2018 dates are from Tuesday May 8th to Tuesday May 15th, inclusive. The cost is €850 pps, not including flights with Ryanair from Dublin to Warsaw.



This site holds Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Penduline Tit, etc.

For further event details, please visit

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

To read my report on our 2015 trip, please visit

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

Iniskea South Island Guided Visit @ An Fód Dubh
Aug 5 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Iniskea South Island Guided Day Visit

Location : Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh), The Mullet peninsula, northwest Mayo.
Level : Easy
Duration : approx. 7 hours (pier to pier).
Iniskea south island guided visit
Description :
This beautiful little island lies 4 km west of The Mullet peninsula, beyond Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). Abandoned since the 1930s, this tranquil spot is now home to seabirds and grey seals, ruined houses, wildflowers and the remains of its once thriving whaling station.
The 30 minute boat ride out is a pleasure in itself, as we look out for dolphins and more. Walking on the island is taking a step back in time, as we recount how the islanders once lived and what caused them to abandon their homes. A trip to Iniskea is a truly fascinating, peaceful and memorable day out, filled with stories of the past.
Please allow around 90 minutes to get to Blacksod pier (signposted An Fód Dubh) from Castlebar, Westport or Ballina. You will drive through Bangor Erris and then Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead). The boat, which has a capacity of 12 passengers, leaves at 10.00 and typically returns to the pier around 17.00.

Iniskea South Island – Prices, Reservation & Special Conditions (please read carefully)

Please note :

This day trip to Iniskea can be booked by pre-payment only, either by using the PayPal system below, or by sending a cheque to Tourism Pure Walking Holidays, Breaffy Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Payment is not accepted on the day of travel. Cancellations subsequent to payment having been made will not be entertained and will forfeit 100% of the payment. In the case of the trip being cancelled by Tourism Pure Walking Holidays however, either due to the boat captain’s decision regarding weather conditions or due to insufficient bookings, you will of course be refunded 100% of the charge incurred.

Date :
€ 50
Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
Date :
€ 30

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 the weather forecast and if the trip is going ahead, prior to the date.

This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

Enjoy this video introducing you to The Mullet Peninsula of Northwest Mayo.

Nephin Mountain Guided Hike @ Lahardane village.
Aug 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Nephin Mountain Guided Hike

Nephin is Connacht’s second highest mountain, offering superb views in all directions from its central location. A great day’s hillwalk.

Nephin Mountain Guided Hike

Nephin Mountain (806 m).

Location : Lahardane village, County Mayo.

Level : Difficult, as the entire ascent is pretty tough going.

Duration : 5 hours.

Nephin Mór Hillwalk Description :  Just outside the small village of Lahardane and towering above Lough Conn to 806m, Nephin is more a large mound than a pointed peak. Nevertheless, it offers lovely hillwalking, of around 4.5 to 5.5 hours duration. We will begin by traversing a plantation forest, before climbing the western edge of the great northern corrie. Our descent is by the eastern edge of the corrie, finishing by traversing the same plantation as before. In between, there is bog that can be quite wet, so be sure to have good waterproof hiking boots.

Given its central location in the county, Nephin is perhaps better known than its bigger brother, Mweelrea – Connacht’s highest mountain. Nephin commands a special place in the consciousness of all Mayo people, especially those from the north.

Come along and enjoy a great day’s hillwalk up the mountain. Reaching the top is a great feeling and the views, when it’s clear, are wonderful. Look out across Loughs Conn and Cullin, the Nephin Beg mountain range to the west, Croagh Patrick beyond and, if you’re lucky, as far as Slieve League in county Donegal.

Do please let me know by e-mail, contact form or phone, on 086_ – 8318748, if you’d like to join, as numbers are limited for this mountain hike.

This event tends to run 4 times per year : in early January, mid March, June bank holiday weekend and again in late August or early September.

Essential gear : This is a mountain hike. Please bring waterproof clothing and hiking boots, woolly hat, gloves, sun cream, food and water. Bring several layers of upper body clothing, so you can add on or peel off as required. Irrespective of the time of year or general weather, it is cold on the top of Nephin, so please come prepared. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to climb if you do not have proper hiking footwear and appropriate gear.

Nephin Mountain Guided Hike – Prices & Reservation

Choose your preferred date from the drop-down menu below.

Date :
€ 10

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout.

This hillwalk is not suitable for under 16 year olds!


France Guided Walking Week @ Rural South of France
Sep 2 – Sep 9 all-day