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The Gael Saoire The Western Way
Part of the Western Way route passes through the Galway Gaeltacht from Oughterard to Leenane. This route starts at Oughterard and runs through Joyce Country following the shores of Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low-level pathway through the great quartzite mountain ranges of the Maum Turks and Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of Killary Harbour and junction with The Western Way (Mayo) near Leenane.

Route Details:
Oughterard, Maam, Maumean(pilgrim mountain), Inagh, Toorenaconna, Leenane. Total Distance: 50km/31miles. For a brochure and detailed map outlining the Western Way contact your local tourist office.

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The Gael Saoire Connemara Gaeltacht Cycling Tours
Connemara Gaeltacht Cycling Tours provide week long cycling tours around the quiet back roads of rural Connemara. A deluxe cycling package combines the best of Ireland’s scenery, hospitality and accommodation. The average cycling distance is 45km/30miles and longer options are available. There is also a back up mini-bus service and optional trips to the Aran Islands are available.

Contact:
Teil/Tel: 095 33618/33542
Ríomhphost/Email: ardmorew@iol.ie

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The Gael Saoire Bealach na Gaeltachta - Slí Chonamara
Bealach na Gaeltachta (The Gaeltacht Way) – Slí Chonamara is a new 240km (150 mile) long distance walking route developed to the standard of the national Way-marked Ways. Slí Chonamara can be accessed from almost any point along its route and is serviced by more than 150 approved accommodation providers, including Hotels, Guest Houses, B&B, Hostels, Self-Catering and Caravan/Camping sites.
The route is mainly along open country with the initial 10km going through historic Galway and the City outskirts bringing the walker through such historic areas as The Spanish Arch and the Claddagh. Once outside the city, in rural Connemara, this walk meanders its way through timeless moorlands and along seashore paths on the coast of Galway Bay. It links up with the Western Way in north Connemara at Oughterard and in the Inagh Valley.

Route Details:
Galway City, An Spidéal, An Cheathrú Rua, the Islands District, Ros Muc, Recess and Oughterard. Total distance: 240km/150 miles
For a brochure and detailed map outlining the Bealach na Gaeltachta route contact your local tourist office.

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Connemara Walking Centre
The Connemara Walking Centre operates a programme of guided half-day walks and full day tours throughout the summer season. These walks explore the heritage and landscape of the bogs, mountains and islands of Connemara. Also offered is a self-guided holiday through Connemara and its offshore islands exploring wild mountain scenery, rugged coasts and beautiful islands. This holiday can range from four to eight days.

Contact:
Teil/Tel: 095 21379 Fax/Facs: 095 211845
Idirlíon/website: www.walkingireland.com

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