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.
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.
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) :
|Younger Person of 13 to 18 years
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This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!
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