Participants Information

The following is information for those registered to take part in the event for 2017.



Check-in will be open from 05:00-07:00, or on the evening before the walk between 18:30 – 20:30 in Keane’s Bar at Maam.

Walkers will be required to check in at all of the checkpoints along the route and have their Walk Cards punched. The cut-off points at Loch Mhám Ochóige and the Col of Despondency will be implemented at 14:00 and 17:00 respectively. Unfortunately participants who fail to make these cut-offs will be requested to make their way to the nearest designated exit point.

In the interest of safety, we require that all walkers should be properly equipped for a tough day’s hike with strong boots, waterproof jacket and pants, warm clothing, and sufficient food and drink for the day. All participants, irrespective of whether they are a part of a group are required to have their own map(s) and compass and be proficient in navigation. GPS is not to be considered a substitute. More details on this can be found on in our FAQ section.


Check in

We offer two options for participants to obtain their Walk Card, required for stamping en route.  The Walk Card is stamped at all checkpoints by NUIG MC to track the progress of the participant on the Maamturks Challenge.
There will be 2 lanes on the morning of the event – Express Registration and Morning Registration.
We strongly encourage participants who live in the locality or arriving on Friday evening to avail of Express Registration, to register on the night before the Challenge.

Express Registration – Friday 7th April 2017, Joe Keane’s @ 18:30-20:30
– Pre-registration form details will be confirmed
– Walk number assigned
– Walk card filled out
– Express token assigned for Express Lane on Saturday morning
Saturday 8th April 2017, base of Corcóg @ 05:00-07:00
– Pre-filled walk card will be assigned
– Gear will be checked*

Morning Registration – Saturday 8th April 2017, base of Corcóg @ 05:00-07:00
– Pre-registration form details will be confirmed
– Walk number assigned
– Walk card filled out
– Gear will be checked*

* Strong boots, waterproof jacket/pants, warm clothing, sufficient food/drink for the day, maps, compass and/or GPS



Roadside parking will be available at the starting point. A bus will be provided to return participants to their cars at the end of the walk.



The cost of participating in the Maamturks Challenge is €30.  This includes some warm refreshments at Finish 3 in Leenane at the end of the walk.


Walk rules 

Please carefully note the walk rules below, they are required for both the safety of participants and volunteers. Breaking rules may result in disqualification from the walk.

Walk Rules


Additional infromation