One Day Walks August 13 thru 15

If you would like to join my guided walks next weekend, but not avail of the B&B and dinner choice, you can simply join our small group as a day walker. Here’s the programme.

Friday August 13 –

Meet at 10 am at the carpark in An Ceathrú Thaidhg for the 3 to 4 hr cliff-top loop. (€20)

And / or

Meet at 3 pm at the car park at Glenlara, on the north end of The Mullet, for the 2 to 2 1/2 hr Erris Head cliff-top loop. (€10)

Take part in both Friday walks for € 20 total.

Saturday August 14 –

Meet at Blacksod pier at 10 am for a boat trip out to and guided walk of Iniskea Island. Pier to pier, this will take 5 to 6 hours. (€ 40)

Sunday August 15 –

Meet at 10 am at Tobar Deirbhile (well) at Falmore at the southern tip of The Mullet peninsula, for a 4 hr loop walk, taking in Glosh, Caisleán beach and Aughleam. (€ 20)

For further details and to book your place, please call 086-8318748.

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Dates Change – Western Ocean Walking Weekend

Please note the slight change in dates for my next Western Ocean Walking Weekend.

The dates are now from Thursday, August 12, thru Sunday, August 15. Come and enjoy a great weekend of walking on cliff-top walks (much higher than the Cliffs of Moher, by the way), on a stunning once-inhabited island and on lovely beaches and low-lying hills on perhaps Ireland’s most interesting peninsula, The Mullet of NW Mayo.

You can be picked up from and dropped back to Castlebar train station.

A Great Weekend in West Mayo

Last weekend was excellent fun. I led guided walks on The Mullet on Saturday and Sunday, treated myself to the Ceathrú Thaidgh cliff-top walk on Sunday and completed the wonderful Glendahurk Horseshoe in the Nephin Begs on Monday.

You’d never know, but the fabulous weather we’ve been having to date might just as quickly come to a shuddering halt in an Irish summer, so better to take full advantage while it’s going !

Floral highlights of the weekend included the many orchids now in bloom, the strange Ragged Robin, St. Patrick’s Cabbage at 700 m altitude and the stunningly beautiful Common Mallow.

Fauna of the weekend included one Fox, several Hares, fantastically aerobatic Ravens and one solitary Golden Plover. Unfortunately, no Seals were spotted at Erris Head, but you can’t always be lucky.

Erris Head – A guided walk of Erris Head (with another guide, not me) takes place, as part of Féile Erris Beo, on Sunday, June 20th. Contact Erris Tourism, on 097 – 82292.

Ceathrú Thaidgh – I will guide a walk of this cliff-top trail, also as part of Féile Erris Beo, on Thursday, June 17th, beginning at 6 pm. Again, call Erris Tourism, on 097 – 82292.

Comórtas Peil na Gaeltachta 2010

The annual Gaelic Football competition for teams from Gaeltacht areas rumbles into Belmullet this coming weekend. With it come a lot of footballers and football followers. The craic should be good.

An Clár Oifigiúil is here, if you’d like to take a look : Clár Oifigiúil

As part of what you might call the “off festival”, I will be leading walks on both Saturday and Sunday. So come along, if you fancy a stroll. Good comfortable runners will suffice for both walks, but, as always, I would advise hiking boots anyway.

Saturday :

Erris Head / Ceann Iorrais. Meet at the small carpark at Glenlara / An Gleann Lara, at 11 am. This beautiful cliff-top walk is around 2 – 3 hours and entirely off-road.

Sunday :

Aughleam & Falmore / Each Léim agus An Fáil Mhór. Meet at the graveyard in Falmore, at 12 midday. This walk is mostly on-road, but quiet roads they are certainly. Various possible loops allow you to leave when you like. The maximum length, should you join for the walk’s entirety, will be around 3 hours.

Hopefully, we’ll have the weather.

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.

Up on The Mullet Yesterday

I had a meeting on The Mullet yesterday and was in a bit of a rush to get home afterwards. However, I still managed to get over to Termoncarragh for a half an hour of looking at a few birds. The highlight were two Kestrels, one of which flew across the little road right in front of my car, at no more than 2 metres off the ground.

It was another stunningly beautiful day and here are a few photos to give you an idea.