Hillwalking is becoming ever more popular in Ireland as people look around them and realise what incredible natural resources for leisure they have on their own doorsteps. Nowhere could surpass the mountains of Mayo and Galway for variety of routes, savage beauty and best of all a sense of leaving the world behind you. There are few marked routes on the mountains in this area which means you will not meet throngs of other walkers as you make your way through glacial valleys, over ridges and on to craggy summits. It also means that unless you have a high level of navigational knowledge and skill a guide who knows the routes and is trained in mountain leadership is essential. Atlantic weather patterns change rapidly and a clear day can become a stormy day before you know it!
Hillwalking at Killary:
At Killary Adventure Co. we offer half-day and full-day guided walks at all levels. So whether it is a low-level walk on the old Famine track along the shores of Killary Fjord or a full-day summit of Mweelrea, Connacht's highest mountain, we can guide you safely and provide you with the local knowledge and information you need to make this a really memorable experience. Our instructors will also share with you their knowledge of local flora and fauna, geography, history and heritage to give that extra special dimension to your walk.
The ideal location:
Killary's location is ideal as a base for walking with mountains rearing up on all sides of us. The Maamturks, Twelve Bens, Sheefry Hills, Ben Gorm and Mweelrea all lie within sight of Killary. The Western Way runs directly behind Killary's accommodation building, K2, and is ideal for low-level walkers. To stand on the summit of a mountain and be surrounded by rugged peaks, lakes, rivers, ocean and islands in every direction with nothing man-made to interrupt your view is an uplifting experience for mind and body, not to mention a huge personal achievement for most!
What to bring:
The essential clothing and equipment needed for your walk will depend somewhat on the level of walk you intend to do however it is very important to be prepared for all seasons. For low-level walks on tracks we would advise sturdy shoes or boots, raingear and comfortable clothing (no denims). Higher level walkers would definitely need hiking/walking boots, rain coat and trousers and depending on the season items such as hat, gloves, sunscreen and extra fleece or jumper. Your instructor will carry all safety gear and they will check that you are suitably attired for the walk before they begin.
Booking and further information:
If you have any questions, would like to speak to one of our mountain guides in advance or if you would like to make a booking, please do not hesitate to contact us at 095 43411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Packed lunches can be booked at Killary for full-day walks. Prices for guided walks are listed in our Activity Rates.
If you are interested in further training in mountain skills please contact us for more information.