Participants Information

The following is information for those registered to take part in the event for 2018. The information will be finalised at a later point for the 2019 event as we are looking into improving the registration system for the Friday / Saturday of the Challenge Weekend. Please refer to the Registration Page for details on registration for the 2019 event.

 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 13th April 2018, 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 14th April 2018, base of Corcóg @ 06:00-07:00
– Pre-filled walk card will be assigned
– Gear will be checked*

Morning Registration – Saturday 14th April 2018, base of Corcóg @ 06:00-07:00
– 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

Transport – 

A 50 seater bus will run from Leenane Hotel to the base of Corcóg on the Saturday morning, boarding at 05:00, departing at 05:15. Please have all your gear in order to prevent delays.  ***SOLD OUT***

No need to print out tickets – our captain Ciara will meet you on the bus with the ticket list.


Roadside parking will be also be available at the starting point. Please park vehicles on the Lackavrea side of the road, soft gravel, opposite side to Corcóg. Our volunteers will direct you with parking in the morning. There will be a shuttle bus back to Leenane in the evening from 14:00 – departing from Hotel car park throughout the afternoon.


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


The 2018 Maamturks Challenge will take place on Saturday 14th April.

Check-in will be open from 06:00-07:00 (NB: Changed from previous years), 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.

If you cannot sufficiently navigate or have the correct gear for all possible mountain conditions, you should NOT be taking part in this walk, regardless of whether you are in a group with someone who can navigate. Bad visibility is possible year-round on Irish mountains and you should be happy that you could have to spend a long day on the hills in bad weather conditions with limited visibility. You should be comfortable to navigate in whiteout/whitewash conditions such as this:

Additional infromation