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2011 Achill Summer Walks Festival, Achill Island, Co. Mayo, Ireland

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Féile Siúlóidí Na Lúnasa / Achill Summer Walks Festival

26th - 29th August 2011, Achill Island

The deadline for submission of entry forms for this festival has now passed. All walks are fully booked. For a range of self-guide walks in Achill, please see our free walks guides.

An outline of the proposed schedule for the Achill August Hillwalking Festival is presented below. Please note, this proposed schedule may be subject to change. The cost of this event will be €40 per person for three days of walks, or €15 per day. Children are half-price.


Friday 26th August 2011:

8.30pm "Welcome Reception"

Enjoy some cheese and wine whilst meeting your guides for the weekend as well as fellow walkers.

Time: 8.30pm

Venue: Masterson's Bar & Restaurant, Golden Strand, Dugort

Saturday 27th August 2011:

Walk B: Achill Beg

Sorry, this walk is now fully booked.

As part of Heritage week we will travel to Achill Beg, an island which has a rich archaeological and cultural history. The visit to the island will be fully guided, enjoy listening to stories of the Island’s history and folklore.

Grade: Easy

Duration: 5 Hrs

Departure Point: Cloughmore Pier@10am. Please note transport will be by traditional currach which will carry 6 passengers at any one time, with large numbers there may be a slight delay in transferring people to the Island.

Sunday 28th August 2011:

Walk A: Polranny Hill and The Great Western Greenway

Sorry, this walk is now fully booked.

Enjoy a guided walk on Polranny Hill, taking in the magnificent views: to the north Achill Sound, Innisbiggle, the Nephin Mountain Range and Blacksod Bay; the Corry lakes in the area at the foot of Curraun Hill; Achill Island to the West and upon reaching the summit the breath-taking views of Clew Bay.

The walk will continue to meet up with the Great Western Greenway, a walking and cycle track which follows the route of the Old Railway line from Westport to Achill. The walk will finish at Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery and Coffee shop, Owenduff where walkers will enjoy light refreshments followed by a presentation of Certificates and commerative pins to all those who participated.

Grade: Moderate to Easy

Duration: 5 Hrs

Departure Point: Belfarsed Church, Curraun, @10 am

Monday 29th August 2011:

Walk A: Slievemore

Sorry, this walk is now fully booked.

No visit to Achill would be complete without a visit to our great mountain. Standing majestically at 672m Slievemore presents a challenge to all walkers. Breath-taking views are to be had as you make your way to the summit, once there the views of are spectacular.

Grade: Moderate

Duration: 4Hrs

Departure Point: Slievemore Graveyard @10 am

Additional Notes

Numbers Limited on Saturday (A) walk

Pre-booking essential

Closing date for receipt of registration forms Monday 22nd August 2011

Charge per day €15 each, children half price. Book 3 days walking, receive a discount of €5.

All walks will leave at the stated time.

Wear suitable clothing; bring sufficient food, snacks and drinks.

For your own safety and for the benefit of the environment, we recommend all walkers to read these two guides:

Hillwalking Tips & Mountain Safety Guide

Leave No Trace

Summer Walks Festival 2010

View online galleries from the Summer Walks Festival 2010:

Walk to Annagh, Saturday 28th August 2010

Dugort Hill Walk, Saturday 28th August 2010

Achill Beg Walk, Sunday 29th August 2010

An Cosán Cónra (The Coffin Trail), Sunday 29th August 2010

Presentation of Certificates, Walks Festival, August 2010


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