Easter in Leenane: Following last year’s very successful Easter weekend in the Leenane Hotel, Leenane, Co. Galway the club has been fortunate to secure a very good package from the hotel again for this Easter (March 25th, 26, and 27th departing on Monday March 28th.)
The details are as follows:
Three nights B & B in a twin or double room sharing
Four course dinner on the Saturday evening
Packed lunches for walkers on the Saturday and Sunday.
The cost is €160 per person with a single room supplement of €30.
Places will go on sale at the coffee stop in Lawlor’s Hotel prior to Sunday’s (Feb 28th) walk.
A deposit of €80 secures a place with the balance to be paid by Sunday March 13th
Places are limited so early booking is advisable
The hotel boasts the famous Connemara Seaweed Baths, the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland where walkers can relax and unwind after a day on the mountains.
It is situated on the shores of Killary Harbour – Irelands only fjord and overlooked by Ben Gorm (700 metres) and Mwealrea. Mwealrea is situated across the fjord in County Mayo and at 814 metres high is Connaught’s highest mountain and one of the Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Walks.
The Four Peaks 2016 Challenge Award will be presented to members who successfully climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces during the year.
Easter in Leenane
The little village of Leenane is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges including the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turks which provide wonderful mountain climbing.
The Maumturks/Maamturks, the Turks (fam.) are a stunningly scenic mountain range in Galway in the west of Ireland. Although less well known than their more famous neighbours, the Twelve Bens on the other side of the Inagh Valley (and of the Western Way long distance path) they are popular with mountain climbers from all over Ireland. The highest mountain in the range rises to 702m and they make a spectacular climb in fine weather, with superb views and no congestion.
Every year NUI Galway Mountaineering Club host the Maam Turks Challenge , a traverse of the whole range covering 24.3 kilometers over tough, mountainous terrain and with a total ascent over the course of the walk of 2336 metres.
The Twelve Bens, or Twelve Pins, is a mountain range of sharp-peaked quartzite ranges situated northeast of Roundstone in Connemara in the west of Ireland. Committed fell runners attempt to trek all twelve peaks in a one day. Topographically, this range is partnered with the Maumturks range on the other side of the lonely Glen Inagh (and the route of Western Way long distance path). Frequent rainfall and steep-sided mountains produce an abundance of small trickles and streams which descend into wide-bottomed valleys below the Twelve Pins to join larger streams with riffles and pools. The highest point in the Twelve Bens is Benbaun at 729 metres (2,392 ft). They provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.