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 11th year of the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival (formally the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival) which has become a major event on the calendar for Connemara and the region. The 2019 event will take place over the May bank holiday weekend.
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 and for the 11 year anniversary we adding even more unique events.
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land.
With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea, coffee and scones at various local businesses at the end of each day.
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 organisation team is made up from volunteers from all walks of life, united by their love of hill walking. Our guides are all mountain trained and certified, many belonging to mountain rescue teams in our area.
The local landowners are also involved and help us offer access to certain ascents that would not normally be available to members of the hill walking community. Backed up by IT professionals and world class tea and scone makers, our team strive to make your weekend a magical one.
All proceeds from this Festival are put right back into our local charities, helping sustain our rural community.