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CBHC Easter Weekend 2018 

March 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - April 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Mweelrea (814 Metres)

CBHC Easter Weekend 2018 

Cork Backpackers Easter Weekend Away – Leenane Hotel, Connemara

This year we are heading back to the lovely Leenane Hotel, located in the village of Leenane in Co. Galway.  Overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, the Hotel enjoys what is perhaps one of the most scenic locations in Ireland.

Leenane Hotel, Killary Fjord, Co. Galway

We will be staying there from Friday the 30th of March until Monday the 2nd of April.  We have a number of rooms booked so to get yours come in to us this Wednesday the 7th of February before they are all snapped up.  To  see what the area and hotel have to offer go to:




If this is not your style  you can find some other options including hostels and B&Bs through http://www.leenanevillage.com/accommodation.html 

and join us for the walks/cycles that will be on.

CBHC Easter Weekend 2018 

 The cost for the weekend is €172 which covers:

  • 3 nights B&B
  • 1 evening meal on Sat the 31st
  • 1 take away lunch on Sat the 31st March

Deposit of € 70 due on signing up on Wednesday, February 7th. 


Leenane is a place of contrasts.  Situated at the head of Killary harbour, a 16km Fjord, it nestles under the Maamtrasna and Maamturk mountains on the Galway-Mayo border.



Leenane Village, Co. Galway

The area has been inhabited since prehistory, evidenced by ancient tombs and the potato ridges climbing the mountains. Leenane is famous for the stunning and varied beauty of its location. It is this which has been attracting artists, sportsmen, geologists and leisure seekers for over 150 years. The contrasts of sea and mountains offer vistas alive with colour; the intense green of the hills in summer, the oranges and russets of the autumn mountains, the slate blues of the winter seas. Sheep dot the high hills, roaming wide and free, and salmon can be seen leaping the beautiful Asleagh Falls at the head of the fjord. 



Mweelrea (/mwiːlˈreɪ/; from Irish Cnoc Maol Réidh, meaning ‘smooth bald hill’) is a mountain in County Mayo, Ireland.  It is the highest mountain in Connacht.


With a height of 814 metres (2,670 feet), the mountain is the highest point in the province of Connacht and the 34th highest in the island of Ireland. The mountain overlooks Killary Harbour.

Mweelrea is a mountain overlooking the Atlantic coast, where weather conditions can change very rapidly, posing particular challenges for climbers who are inexperienced or have limited navigation abilities. From the east the mountain is well protected by outlying ridges and boggy ground as well as a cliff line to the east of the main summit.

Access to the summit

The easiest ascent is probably by starting on the coast to the west of the mountain and ascending gentle slopes, but even from this side climbers need to navigate carefully as cloud or mist can obscure the summit very rapidly. Access across land/farms may be a problem from this side however so climbers need to consult with local landowners before entering land there. The summit does provide stunning views of the surrounding area, including views of County Galway and Mayo, and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Maam Turks

Sléibhte Mhám Toirc (The Maumturks/Maamturks, the Turks (fam.)) are a mountain range in Connemara in the west of Ireland. They are 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 not very big (max 702m), and dedicated fell runners run from Maumeen in the south to Leenaun in the north in a single day.

Maamturks Challenge Walk

First ran in 1975, the Maamturks challenge has been a focal point of hillwalking in Ireland for over 40 years. The Maamturks mountain range lie between the beautiful communities of Maam and Leenane. Walkers both in Ireland and abroad consider the nature of the event as unique.

Participants are required to complete a full transverse of the famous Maamturks mountain range, a notoriously barren and rocky terrain. With ridges, cliffs and numerous valleys, participants in the walk are generally some of the most experienced hillwalkers Ireland has to offer.  

Despite the challenge of the event, it is rare for a participant to only ever complete it once. Every year over 70% of our participants are drawn back each year. For many, it is an annual pilgrimage to meet with friends from around the country and to complete the challenge again.

“It’s a great hill walking experience and an opportunity to meet walkers from all over Ireland”

Promotional Video

Maamturks Challenge Walk Promotional Video


March 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
April 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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Co. Galway, Ireland + Google Map