Maumean

Maumean (In Irish Mám Éan meaning pass of the birds) is a lower part of the Maumturks Mountains where pilgrims visit for prayer and penance.


Maumean (In Irish Mám Éan meaning pass of the birds) is a lower part of the Maumturks Mountains where pilgrims visit for prayer and penance. The walk to Maumean picks up on the Western Way at Curr near Maam and leads along a narrow country road south west onto the Failmore River. The walk rises evenly ahead as you enter the secluded pass between these great mountains, the road changes to track which meanders upwards along the mountain side.

The trail eventually reaches the holy well and the pre-Christian church built into the jagged cliff face. It is an authentic place for peace and reflection and many people experience a real connection here amid a rugged highland created amphitheatre. The walk then turns downwards towards the 12 Bins and the Derryclare lowlands.

The track ends at a car park and turns north westerly along a tarred road towards the bogs and lakes of Lough Inagh. Continuing on along the road the towering Maumturks immediately on the right and the imposing 12 Bins on the left absorb you into great sense of remoteness and sanctuary. The walk finishes on with excellent views of Lough Inagh and the distant 12 Bins.

Length - 13 km
Time - Approx 6hrs
Height Gained - 700m
Highest Point - 260m (Maumean)
Difficulty - C Walk (Easy)

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