2005 Achill Walks Festival / Féile Siúlóidí Acla
17 - 20 March 2005
A walking festival with a difference
This festival is being hosted in conjunction with St Patrick's Day in order to incorporate walking with the Achill pipe bands, a tradition that has made Achill the place to experience for yourself, this spectacular occasion. You can be assured of a warm welcome and good value for money.
Programme of Events:
Thursday 17 March
A Unique Experience - March With The Pipe Bands
Achill has a long tradition of Pipe bands. On St Patrick’s Day you can be assured of a memorable occasion / or pick a self-guided walk from one of our 14 walks in the walks guidebook.
Friday 18th March
Cursa an tAigéan Atlantach / Atlantic Drive Walk
Road and path walk hugging the rugged Atlantic coast suitable for all the family.
Our expert local guides will bring the landscape to life as they describe the archaeology and local history of the area.
Hear the stories of years past and feel the fresh sea air on your face.
Distance 13.1 km.
Meet: Pattens Bar, Derreens. 10.00am sharp.
Fee: €10 Adults. Children Free (all proceeds of this walk will go to charity).
Saturday 19 March
An Option of Two Walks:
Option 1: Croaghaun Challenge
Visit the spectacular highest sea cliffs in Europe.
PRE REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL FOR THIS WALK
This is a serious hill walk covering a distance of 20km with 800mtrs of ascent.
This is a fully guided walk with qualified professional mountain leaders with qualifications in archaeology and marine and countryside guiding and all are from the island, so your walk should be more of an experience than a journey.
You will visit a plane crash site, hanging valleys, corries, a booley village, a megalithic tomb, and hear the local stories, even of the Beatles.
Meet: Achill Head Hotel (Pollagh) 10am sharp
Fee: - €25
Option 2: Knockmore Circular Walk
Guided moderate walk of 14 km taking in points of interest such as The House of Prayer, Michael Davitt Bridge and Achill Sound. From the summit of Knockmore can be seen the largest expanse of bogland on the Island. In late spring and summer wild bilberries grow in profusion near the source of the Sraheens river. This walk includes a steep descent.
Meet: Achill Sound Hotel 10am sharp
Fee: €10 Adults. Children Free
"O Acaill go Kilimanjaro"
Venue: Ted Lavelles, Cashel. 9pm. Free.
Sunday 20 March
O Sliabh Mór go Trá Mór
Guided low-level walk on rough tracks incorporating a visit to the famous deserted village and returning via the Paul Henry seacliff walk.
A lot of variety on this walk, which you should find both interesting and entertaining with our guides bringing the stones to life.
This walk would also be suitable for families. Distance 11km.
Fee: €10. Adults. Children Free.
Meet: The Beehive, Keel. 10.00am sharp.