Western way adventure!
Completed by: Fionn Delahunty & Cecile Collot Length: 55ish Km Days: 3 Prefect for a long weekend adventure away from university.
The western way is a Irish national trail leading all around Ireland. It's divided into section, one of these sections is from Oughterard to Leenaun. It's marked with black signs with little yellow people on them. The official route can be found here. Myself and Cecile have completed a modified version of the route which I have done twice.
We did it in three days, but realistically I've heard of people completing it in one long day. If the weather is nice, you won't find a better way to experience connemara.
1. Start by hitching hiking, or getting the bus to Maam Cross. It's pretty easy to hitch a lift out here, or else you can get the citylink bus directly out. 2. Once there, start walking along the R336 towards keane pub. About 3 or 4 km down the road, you'll see a large path off to your right hand side. It's not marked as the western way, but it's a large gate. The only one of it's kind on the right hand side of the road. 3.Open and gate and start walking east along this path, you'll cross a river on a metal bridge and end up walking along a wooden path in a forest. This Forest will give way to a field, keep walking east until you hit the corrib lake. 4 If you want, here is a good place to camp for the first night since you have access to cleanish drinking water. 5. Once you start walking again, your going to head north and follow the lake keeping it to your right. The terrain your on now will be a little harder to walk on, and could get a bit wet under foot. 6.You'll walk past a old house! TIme for a quick adventure! 7.If you keep following the lake, you'll hit a fence and you should be able to see a house at this point. Between you and the house there should be road, try and find this and follow that road away from the house! 8.Once you get to the end of that road, you'll be back on the R336, turn right and follow it down for another 2 or so K. Take the last turn left on that road before you hit the bridge. 9. You could cross the road for a sneeky pint if you wanted or a shop to get more food 10. Follow the road I talked about a minute ago. It should swing left after about 3 and start going uphill. Keep following it until you reach a gate in front of you. Open this gate and start climbing the mountain! 11. At this point you'll be passing over Maaean holy well. Stick to the path and you should be fine!