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Jun
22
Sat
2019
Iniskea North Island Guided Visit @ An Fód Dubh
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Iniskea North 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 north island guided visit
Description :
This beautiful little island lies 4 km west of The Mullet peninsula, beyond Belmullet (Béal an Mhuirthead), but is some 12km and 1 hour from Blacksod pier. Abandoned since the 1930s, this tranquil spot is now home to seabirds and grey seals, ruined houses, early Christian remains, monuments and wildflowers.
The 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 nearly a century ago. 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 north island guided visit cross slab

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

Please note :

This day trip to Iniskea can be booked by pre-payment only, by using the PayPal system below. 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.

Adult
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 trip is not suitable for under 13 year olds!

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

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Iniskea South Island Guided Visit @ An Fód Dubh
Jun 29 @ 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, by using the PayPal system below. 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.

Adult
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.

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.

The Bangor Trail Prices & Reservation :

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!