The Maamturks Challenge begins at the base of Corcóg on the road between Maam Cross and Maam. On the day of the event, or the evening prior to the event, each participant receives a route card which will be punched at all of the checkpoints along the route, to track the progress of the participants along the Challenge route.

Unlike other hill walking challenges, the Maamturks Challenge dose not have a predefined route. Participants are required to pass through each checkpoint, but the route they take between checkpoints is up to themselves. This is why we strongly enforce that all participants have a high level of navigation skills.

Grid references for each of these checkpoints are given in the table below. Participants may finish the Challenge at one of three finish points.

Cut-off times are strictly enforced for the safety of our volunteers and participants alike.

There are no dogs allowed on this event as they are a hazard to local sheep and participants.

Note: If the participant leaves the walk at any other stage of the route, they must inform the stewards at one of the checkpoints, or alternatively the walk control at Maam Community Centre.

CheckpointGrid Reference
StartL 964 501
CorcógL 953 492
Mám Éan (Patrick’s Well)L 904 504
Binn Idir an Dá Lóg (702m)L 888 528
Loch Mhám Ochóige (Cut-off time = 14:00)L 879 536
Finish 1L 879 556
Binn Bhriocáin (Letterbreckaun)L 855 551
Binn Bhán (Maamturkmore)L 856 568
Col of Despondency (Cut-off time = 17:00)L 858 585
Finish 2L 844 600
Leenane Hill (Spot height 556m)L 862 604
Finish 3 – Leenane Community CentreL 880 617

OS IrelandHarvey’s
Discovery Series number 37.


(38, 44 & 45 for the first section)

Superwalker ™ – Connemara

Interactive route map (Not to be used for Navigation)

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Evaluation cross section (Resized for website)

Designed by Cecile Collot

A illustrated route designed by Simon Stewart