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A program of all the scheduled events is now available for download.
A brief description of each of the walks will be made available to download from this section once available
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Leenane Mountain Walking Festival 2015
Enjoy a unique combination of mountain and sea as Leenane is situated on the edge of Killary Harbour and surrounded by mountains in all directions.
This May will be the 7th year of the Leenane Mountain Walking Festival which has become a major event on the events calendar for Connemara and the area. This year’s event will take place on from the 1st – 3rd May – May bank Holiday.
This great festival has been designed to suit all levels of walkers from casual low level walks to the more experienced! Each day there is a choice of at least 3 walks from Strenuous to low level. This year the programme includes the firm favourite Mweelrea as well as the devils Mother and the Sheeffry Hills. Michael Gibbons is back by popular demand with another fascinating archeological walk.
Each walk is guided by qualified, experienced guides and covered by public insurance. Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day.
On the Friday evening, local historian Brendan O'Scannill will be giving a presentation entitled "The Time Machine", detailing life around the Killary in the 19th and early 20th century.
Saturday evening also sees North of Disko - Ó Gaillimh go dtí an Ghrianlaoinn' - A showing of the recent Documentary on the expecition from Killary Fjord to Greenland. Leenane Community Hall.
The weekend, as always, finishes off with a Céilidh on the Sunday evening!
Another unique element of the festival is that the local farmers get involved with guiding the walks and share their vast knowledge, folklore and history of the land. With the farmers involvement in the event, they kindly grant the participants permission to cross their lands and visit areas that are not normally open to the public. Transport to and from starting and finishing points will be provided as well as tea/coffee & scones at various local businesses at the end of each day. Keep an eye here and on facebook as we will keep you updated!
We would like to thank all the landowners for giving us permission to use their land for the weekend. The festival is organised on a voluntary basis by locals from the community. Any surplus profits are re circulated back into the Leenane Development Association.
**Packed lunches for your walks**
Bia Blas Cafe in the Sheep & Wool Museum will be opening early on Saturday & Sunday morning and will have packed lunches available for walkers! Why not make life easy on yourself and grab one! You can Pre- order you lunches by phoning Bia Blas on 087 9403560
If you would like to do a walk in the area at other times of the year you could try the Western Way with its new upgraded section. For full details click here.
There are also many mountain guides based locally. Contact us for further information.
Some Comments from previous Festival Walkers:
"I attended the Leenane Walking Festival on Saturday and Sunday and I just wanted to say that we had a fantastic time. It was well run and the walks were fantastic, the fact that the farmers allowed us over their land meant that we got to access the mountains from a different point to the one we would usually take. The tea and scones afterwards were very welcome and the speedboat ride back to Killary was an experience I will never forget, what a novel way to end a hill walk!! It was all a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back next year!"
"Just a quick note to say a big 'thank you' for a wonderful weekend of walking. Very interesting to hear the various talks - Michael Gibbons and the farmer near the Erriff river, in particular. Thanks also all who let us walk on their land and to the providers of the tea and scones. A really well-organised festival - congratulations to all!"
"My husband and I walked with you in 2011 and had the most wonderful time on the walks and then at the bbq on the Sunday night. It was our first time to visit the beautiful little village of Leenane. We met the most wonderful people, enjoyed the most spectacular scenery as we hiked up and over Mweelrea and then the archaeological walk on the Sunday and had a grand time, one we will never forget!"
"We did many of the walking festivals during our 11 month stay in Ireland, some in sun, others in snow, sleet, wind, rain, fog, everything really the Irish weather could throw at us but we did them anyway! However, we maintain to this day the we had the most fun on the Leenane Walking Festival! So, we are actually coming back next year as part of our 30th Wedding Anniversay celebrations and hope to time it so we can once again join in the Leenane Walking Festival!"
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Leenane Mountain Walking Festival is organised by a group of locals who want to help make this amazing part of the country accessible to everyone, give people a chance to see what the West of Ireland has to offer and also help bring business to the local community. Any surplus profits are re circulated back into the Leenane Development Association.
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This project is supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.