10HD – A Full Day Out in West Mayo

Just four weeks to go to a lovely Ten Hour Day out in wild west Mayo.

Join us at Newport on Saturday June 26th for a 90-minutes cycle into the hills, then a 6-hour hike up Nephin Beg mountain, then a 90-minute cycle back to Newport. This is NOT a race. This is NOT a competitive event. It’s a day out in fabulous country, with great views over lakes, mountains, bog and out to the coast, with Achill, Blacksod and the Reek in the distance.

If you like your outdoors, take a look at the event poster, by clicking below, to learn more.

10HD poster

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Féile Erris Beo 2010 – Brochure Here

Féile Erris Beo takes places in and around Belmullet from June 15 thru 20 next.

As a participating partner, I am delighted to present the festival brochure as a PDF here.

So, whether you are in to walking, cycling, golf or watersports and general craic, head for The Mullet and the wider Erris that weekend. Book now agus fáilte go hIorrais.

Teenagers Enjoy The Mullet

Yesterday, I enjoyed a wonderful day, with beautiful weather, up on The Mullet entertaining a group of First and Second Year secondary school students.

We took a 90-minute walk around the southern end of the peninsula, taking in Tobar Deirbhile, looking at the Napoleonic Signal Towers at Glosh and across on Achill and discussing the drowning tragedy of 1927 on Iniskea.

We were heading for the pitch at Caisleán, but fair dues to the kids, when we got there they were more interested in running down onto the beach. I certainly couldn’t blame them, with the warm day that was in it.

Later, having been well fed at Hannah’s Léim Siar B&B, I broke them into groups for a treasure hunt, based around the Blacksod pier and lighthouse area. I think they were pretty tired after all the activity and many thanks to their múinteoirí, R and L.

Yet another great day, as always on The Mullet.

Part of our group of young teenagers enjoying the weather on The Mullet.

Part of our group of young teenagers enjoying the weather on The Mullet.

10HD – Mayo Outdoors Event

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10HD is an active day out, combining cycling and walking, pencilled in for Saturday, June 26.

Based out of the lovely little village of Newport, west County Mayo, 10HD will have you on a bicycle or your feet for the whole day – more or less 10 hours.

10HD is most definitely not a race.

This is a relaxed event to see some of the wonderful views Mayo has to offer. Get on your bike in Newport and ramble towards the Nephin Beg mountains, which stretch out above the northern shore of Clew Bay. Take in Loughs Furnace and Feeagh. After around 90 minutes, dismount and hike part of The Bangor Trail, surely Ireland’s most isolated waymarked walking trail. Then hill walk up Nephin Beag itself, at 627 m, to get great views out over the vast blanket bogs and scenic coastline of North Mayo, towards Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Achill Island, Blacksod Bay, The Mullet peninsula and the Iniskea Islands beyond (extent of views is weather and visibility dependant).

10HD comprises approx. 90 minutes on the bike, followed by 6 hours hiking, followed by another 90 minutes return to Newport via a different route on the bike, with breaks along the way.

The cost of this10 Hour Day active day out is Euro 50 each and the number of places is strictly limited. Packed lunch, bike hire and full guiding throughout are included. We leave Newport at 9 am sharp and will be back at around 7 pm. Newport offers various accommodation alternatives, should you wish to overnight.

Pictures from Cong Lakes Walks

Here are some pictures from our lovely weekend of walking around the shores of Loughs Corrib and Mask last week. We were blessed with the weather, only being subjected to two showers. Both of them hit us when on the first walk and pretty much under trees, so their effect on morale was nil.

Please scroll down below the pictures for upcoming dates of these guided walking events.

Our next Cong Lakes Walks events take place on the following dates :

Thu June 10 thru Sun June 13.

Bank holiday weekend, Fri July 30 thru Mon August 2.

Mon August 9 thru Thu August 12.

Thu September 23 thru Sun September 26.

Thu October 14 thru Sun October 17

Change of Dates for Enniscrone Ox

Please note the slight change of dates for the upcoming short midweek guided walking break for those available to come west during the week.

Enniscrone Ox Midweek now takes place from Monday May 17 through Wednesday May 19, rather than one day later, as had been previously advertised.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused to those interested in this event.

A Great Weekend in Cong

I enjoyed the company of a really great group of walkers over the bank holiday weekend around Cong.

We completed three days of walking, with just two showers on the Saturday interrupting an otherwise glorious sun-drenched weekend. Cong was seen in all its splendour, with great séisiúns in both Lydon’s and Danagher’s pubs and many walkers commenting on the spotlessly clean state of the lovely village.

We walked a total of around 6 hours on Saturday, followed by 5 on both Sunday and Monday. I’ll post some pics later on.

The area around Cong and Clonbur villages on the Galway Mayo border is ideal for walking, boasting native and mixed woodland, the two great lakes of Corrib and Mask, limestone pavement, like that of The Burren, a nice small mountain with fabulous views in all directions and possibly the prettiest village in Ireland.