This hike is graded strenuous and takes in the highest mountain in Co. Galway, Benbaun (729 metres), as well as Benfree and Benbrack.
Our route initially takes us across the Kylmore river before ascending steeply to Benbaun, where we get superb views across the 12 Bens of Connemara. We then descend to the col of Maumnascalpa via Benfree before climbing Benbrack.
Our route then follows a long and gently descending ridge back to our start point with some lovely views of the surrounding hills.
|MEETING POINT||Leenane Village at 09.30, to car share to the start.|
|HIKE TIME||Approx. 6-7 hours|
|EQUIPMENT||Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential – without these items you will regrettably be excluded from participating; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer e.g. fleece; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in. Walking poles are optional.|
How to get to the start: We will meet in the car park opposite the Sheep & Wool Centre in Leenane Village. The village is on the main route from Westport to Clifden and is on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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