With spectacular mountain ranges, fine beaches and stunning scenery around every corner, Galway is a natural centre for walking and hiking. There is plenty of trails to pick from in Galway itself, or go for one of the epic trails taking in some of the most amazing scenery. There is a good selection of hiking trials here, to get your started
More an afternoon walk than anything else, head from our hostel on Quay street in Galway towards Salthill. Go all the way to the wall and, if you are feeling especially sporty, jump into Atlantic from the Blackrock Tower. This is lovely cycle as well, in case you prefer to do your walks on two wheels.
Doolin Cliff Walk
Are you a pro hiker? Take in 18km of this stunning trail, with amazing views along the way! This is a challenging, remote and exposed cliff top path which requires high levels of fitness. It is narrow with steep ascents, flagstone steps, farm tracks and local and regional road and views of the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs and the hinterland which are stunningly spectacular. During summer, you can also use the shuttle taking you back between Doolin and Cliffs of Moher visitor center – making this a wonderful one way hike if you are up for it!
The Western Way is a long-distance walking trail taking in spectacular scenery in the counties of Galway and Mayo in the west of Ireland. The trail begins in Oughterard in County Galway and continues north toward Maum, heads through the Inagh valley from where it reaches Killary Harbour near Leenane. The terrain consists of quiet roads, bog roads, open moorland, forestry tracks, mountain paths and about 3km of timber bog bridge. Careful planning is needed for this one, especially as the accommodation along the way is very limited!
Connemara is Irish landscape at its most dramatic. With soaring mountains, scattered loughs and an intricate coastline, this remote part of Galway is a world away from the trappings of urban life. Actually, there is many other hiking trails in Connemara. Spanning nearly 3,000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths and woodlands, Connemara National Park is a fantastic spot for walking and hiking.
Weather you are looking for a challenging hiking holiday or a great walk during your holiday, West of Ireland has it all for you! See you in Barnacles Galway!
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