Walking the West of Ireland
The West of Ireland is known for it's rugged landscape and tranquility. Explore some of the most remote lands in Ireland on foot, and bring a donkey or pony with you to carry your things or a small child!
From €500-€750 per week per person full board
Details of Walking Holiday in West Ireland
Experience true Irish hospitality with a walking holiday. Choose from post to post or residential walking holidays, and bring a donkey or pony with you! All walking holidays are certified GOLD by Ecotourism Ireland.
Slieve Aughty's walking holidays are self guided adventures perfect for families and couples wishing to slow down and see some of the most scenic land Ireland has to offer. A residential walking holiday allows you to explore the area from the comfort of The Three Towers Eco House and takes away the hassle of having to pack daily and change accommodation. Ideal for families with young children, each day you can set out with a map, lunch and a pony to carry your child. Donkeys are also great to carry a child or your gear. We give you a bit of training on handling and caring for the animal before you go, and they are great companions. Walk for an hour or all day, the choice is yours, and relax in the evenings with a home cooked organic meal from The Three Towers Organic Kitchen. With lots of forest and country roads around the centre, you can walk somewhere new every day, take a day off for sightseeing, or even try horse riding one day for a change. Your accommodation offers the best in comfort and beauty and you are sure to sleep well in the peaceful, remote countryside.
A post to post walking holiday takes you further afield as you travel to different accommodation every day or every 2 days. Each B&B has space for your donkey or pony, and all are full of Irish country charm. Nia's Rest, beside one of Ireland's best kept secrets, Lough Attorick, also offers organic food, most of which comes from Nia's own garden. She knows the area better than anyone as she grew up there, so she'll be happy to tell you stories of the local history after dinner. The end of the week takes you to Margaret's eco-friendly B&B overlooking breathtaking Lough Graney. Her food is organic, the scenery stunning and all is powered by the wind. Rest after a long day of walking with your donkey companion or go for a lakeside picnic, climb the Slieve Aughty Mountains, and visit charming country pubs along the way.
What price includes
- Accommodation: B&B or The Three Towers Eco House
- Full board
- Donkey or pony and gear
- Orientation to donkeys and ponies
Plan your journey by ferry
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, County Galway. Transfer service is available from bus and train stations.
Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station
How to get there:
Bus from Dublin to Loughrea or train from Dublin to Ballinasloe
Plan your journey by ferry
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, County Galway. Other options are possible for the post to post walking holiday.
Ballinasloe, County Galway
Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station
How to get back:
Train or bus to Dublin