This great festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from strenuous to low level.
This May will be the 14th year of the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival and the third running of the Autumn festival. All of our profits feed back into the local community. So far over €20,000 has been put into projects such as the community crèche, Red Cross first responders group, the Leenane community park and other projects overseen by the Leenane Development Association such as the seniors daycare programme.
The inclusive festival caters to walkers of all levels, offering a range of options from relaxed strolls to challenging treks. With a minimum of four walks each day, participants can choose from varying difficulty levels, ensuring there's something for everyone. As the festival celebrates its 14th anniversary, even more unique events are being introduced, enhancing the program and providing additional excitement for attendees.
Every walk in the festival is led by knowledgeable and certified guides, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for participants, and is covered by public insurance for added security. What sets this festival apart is the active involvement of local farmers who lend their expertise, wisdom, and deep connection to the land, offering a unique opportunity for walkers to learn from their wealth of knowledge, folklore, and historical insights. It's a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the rich tapestry of the region's heritage.
The invaluable participation of local farmers in the event brings an added dimension to the festival, as they graciously grant participants access to their lands and allow visits to usually restricted areas. Transportation to and from the starting and finishing points of each walk will be provided, ensuring convenience for attendees. Moreover, at the conclusion of each day's adventure, various local businesses extend their hospitality, serving tea, coffee, and delectable scones, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere to unwind and relish in the shared experiences.
One of the most scenic areas in Ireland, Leenane Village always offers a warm welcome to visitors at any time of year. From cosy traditional bars to the bustling hotel and a range of restaurants and cafés, Leenane has everything to make your weekend a memorable one.
The Connemara Mountain Walking Festival is brought to life by a dedicated team of volunteers from diverse backgrounds, all bound together by their passion for hill walking. Our guides possess extensive mountain training and certification, with many of them actively serving in local mountain rescue teams.
The involvement of local landowners is instrumental in granting access to exclusive ascents that would typically remain inaccessible to the broader hill walking community. Supported by skilled IT professionals and talented tea and scone artisans, our team is committed to creating a truly enchanting weekend for you.
It is important to note that all proceeds from this festival directly benefit local charities, playing a vital role in sustaining our rural community. By participating, you contribute to the well-being of our region, making a meaningful difference to those in need.