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Walking Holidays in Ireland

There are many great reasons for taking walking holidays in Ireland. Of course, we have the beautiful landscapes, particularly here in the west. We have the nice and relaxed pace of life along our west coast. We have the great craic in our rural pubs. But, of course, most of all we have the people. You’ve heard the phrase, “strangers are but friends waiting to be met”.

Walking holidays in Ireland

Discovering Ireland's Lakes

Walking holidays in the west of Ireland are about discovering our huge Atlantic blanket bogs, our exciting cliff-top trails and our offshore islands. They are about our mountains, although low at only up to 1,000 m, majestic and with spectacular views over the coastline all around. They are about our inland lakes and our tiny little villages, full of charm. They are about our pubs and the melodic sound of Irish traditional music that fills the best of them. They are about our lovely hosts in their special B&Bs and the effort they make to make all my guests feel special.

But walking holidays in Ireland are also about learning of our rural culture, our history and our tremendous Irish legends. They are about stories of battles, chieftains, churches and castles, about the land, The Great Famine and the struggle for independence. For many from the UK and USA, they are about learning of how their forefathers lived. For our continental visitors, they are about hearing and learning more of this fabled land that is Ireland. But most of all, it’s about the expereience of getting to spend time in our lovely land and meeting our people.

You’d be welcome.

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New Year Walking Weekend 2014

Rejuvenate yourself with this New Year walking weekend in Westport.

Event Dates :

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th of January 2014

Event Location :

Westport, Co. Mayo

Event Details :

This New Year walking weekend, based in lovely Westport, will be filled with a series of short to medium length walks around the hills, forests, bogs and coast of west Mayo. The weekend will be about shaking loose the cobwebs from the end of year festivities and getting out and about again.

New Year walking weekend

Croagh Patrick in Winter

Walks will be low level – no high hillwalks on this mid-winter weekend! We will stay in a nice, cosy B&B, with hot dinner included each evening (Fri and Sat).

Friday, January 3, 2014 :

Arrive in Westport Friday evening. Why not  take the train ? No need to bring the car to Mayo. Jump on a train from Hueston at 12.45, relax and arrive in Westport at 15.55.

We will enjoy a nice evening stroll of 2 hours under cover of dark, before heading in to town. I’ll be encouraging you to sample one of our local West Mayo Brewery craft beers.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 :

We will walk below Mayo’s most famous mountain, Croagh Patrick and out along the beach. There will be two separate walks, with a hot lunch in between. We will not be tackling the summit of The Reek, just rambling up to its shoulder and down the other side.

Sunday, January 5, 2014 :

An invigorating dawn walk will be followed by a midday stroll through a lovely forest, before departure on the 15.45 train that gets in to Dublin at 19.10.

Get in touch if you would like to join our small group on this relaxed, slow-paced guided walking weekend. Kick off your New Year with some activity out in the crisp, fresh West of Ireland winter.

New Year Walking Weekend Prices & Reservation :

Full Board B&B Accommodation in a twin or double room (price for one person)
Date :
€ 199
Full Board B&B Accommodation in a single room (total price for one person)
Date :
€ 219

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

Please Note : This guided new year walking weekend is not suitable to people under the age of 18, or those with limited or restricted mobility. Access transport (including by train) is not included in the price.

Learn more about the town of Westport on Westport Tourism’s website.

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