Tourism Pure Walking Holidays

Guided Walking Holidays in Mayo & Connemara, Ireland


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  • Benlevy
  • Ceathu Thaidgh
  • Sheskin Forest

Walking Holidays Ireland

Welcome to guided walking holidays Ireland.

At Tourism Pure Walking Holidays, we offer you guided walking holidays in the wonderful, wild, rugged Mayo and Connemara, in the West of Ireland.

You are welcome to join our small hiking groups on walking tours to some of the most magnificent and inspiring areas of the western coast of Ireland.

Mayo and Connemara occupy the far west coast of Ireland, 3 hours west of the capital Dublin and 1 hour north of Galway city. A wonderful area for walking, this part of Ireland offers mountains, cliff-top trails, blanket bog and offshore islands.

I am committed to offering my guests a fun walking holiday in wild Mayo and Connemara, while adhering to the principles of sustainable tourism. I’m delighted to have you visit my walking holidays Ireland site. Give me a call !

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Call on : Tel. + 353 – (0)94_ – 9027797.   Mob. + 353 – (0)86_ – 8318748.

E-mail on : info {at} tourismpurewalking(.)com

  • Lough Mask, Clonbur Wood
  • Iniskea
  • Corranabinnia towards Achill

Upcoming Events

10:00 Iniskea South Island @ Blacksod Pier
Iniskea South Island @ Blacksod Pier
Jun 28 @ 10:00 – 17:00
Location : Blacksod Pier (An Fód Dubh), The Mullet peninsula, northwest Mayo. Level : Easy Duration : approx. 7 hours (pier to pier). Description : This beautiful [...]
all-day France Guided Walking Week
France Guided Walking Week
Sep 20 – Sep 27 all-day
Please visit here for event details and to download the PDF presentation of this one-week walking trip to the South of France.

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Hedge Life at our Mayo Home

Our hedge gives us great joy, especially during spring and early summer. As much as I’d love to live out in the wilds of Mayo, maybe under a mountain or by a lake, with a wooded area nearby, unfortunately this isn’t the case. At my semi-urban home, the hedge separating our house from the open fields beyond, with her Ash, Whitethorn, Bramble and wildflowers, is my little bit of nature.

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Raftery the Poet | Raifteirí an File

Raftery the Poet, of 19th Century Mayo, was blind from childhood and spent his life playing tunes on the fiddle, creating and singing songs as he wandered the West of Ireland. Born in Killeden, near Kiltimagh in east Co. Mayo, around 1779, Raftery would lead a nomadic existence, much of it in the Loughrea area of Co. Galway, where he died in 1835. He is buried near Craughwell.

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Fáilte Ireland Video for the Wild Atlantic Way

View the Fáilte Ireland video promoting the newly designated Wild Atlantic Way – a 2,500 km touring route down the west coast of Ireland. You can also read my blogpost about the Wild Atlantic Way. To discover some of this amazing coastline on foot, in Mayo and Connemara, please do get in touch.

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Towerhill – A Ruined Mayo Mansion

Built by Isidore Blake at the end of the 18th Century, Towerhill was a very fine “Big House” in Mayo. Standing 6 bays wide and 3 bays deep over basement, the house was reputedly built on the site of an old burial ground and church dedicated to St. Patrick near Carnacon. The 340 acres of the demesne proper were described by a visitor in 1838 as “splendid ornamental ground”. One year earlier, Lewis refers to “the beautiful seat of Major Blake, situated in a noble demesne. The house stands on an eminence commanding fine views of the surrounding country and the adjacent mountains of Partree [sic]”.

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Walking in France

From September 20 to 27, 2014, I will lead a small group walking in France.

We will be walking in the southern départements of Lot and Aveyron, a wonderful rural area far from the madding crowds and brim full of traditional French culture. Come not just for the walking, but for the sights, food and wine!

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Wild Nephin – Wilderness or Wasteland ?

Wild Nephin is the title given to Coillte’s project to ‘rewild’ a large area of blanket bog to the east of the Nephin Beg Mountains of northwest Mayo. The State-owned forestry company aims to ‘create’ Ireland’s first wilderness over the next 10 – 15 years.

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I like Corrannabinnia very much. Let’s make that clear from the start.

At 714 m and the second highest point of the Nephin Beg range, Corrannabinnia is surely one of the highest peaks in Ireland not to be named in OSI Discovery series maps. Strangely, lower points on this mountain massif, such as Glennamong, Bengorm and Claggan Mountain are all named, while the high point goes unacknowledged. Part of the reason for that is perhaps that Corrannabinnia isn’t, in fact, its name at all.

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Mám Éan

A strange little place in the middle of nowhere, Mám Éan can be reached from three different directions. I chose to ascend from Maam (not to be confused with Maam Cross). To be honest, the word ‘ascend’ is inappropriate here, as the destination stands at a mere 260 m altitude.

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