Killary Famine Trail

The Killary Fjord An Caoláire Rua is the natural boundary between Mayo and Galway amidst dramatic North Connemara landscape. 


The Killary Fjord An Caoláire Rua is the natural boundary between Mayo and Galway amidst dramatic North Connemara landscape. The inlet breaches eastwards alongside the great highland Mountain of Mweelrea and the rugged verges of Foher and Bunowen. A rocky trail is firmly etched on the hillside and meanders along the southern shore side of the Killary. This trail was originally consturcted in the 19th century to alleviate communities in the area of deprivation and hunger.

The walk starts at Rosroe pier at the tail end of the Killary. The linear ridges of lazy beds and homestead ruins lie despondent along the trail; the sea side has dashed long lines of blue mussel awaiting harvest. The walk enters a more consistent surface by 4km and passes alongside three working farms, one a mussel farm, a salmon farm, the other a sheep farm. This remote trail is nestled peaceful and serene amid the rugged and dramatic Connemara landscape.

Length - 11.5 km
Time - Approx 4hrs
Height Gained - 260m
Highest Point - 130m (Salruck Pass)
Difficulty - C Walk (Easy)

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