If you're currently enjoying the hospitality of the Clew Bay Hotel, an exciting world of exploration awaits just beyond our doors. Situated gracefully in Westport, County Mayo, overlooking the captivating Clew Bay, our family run hotel offers access to a collection of walks that showcase the natural beauty of the region.
Croaghaun Cliff Walk, Achill Island:
Starting at Keem Bay, the walk guides you through diverse terrains, from lush greenery to rocky outcrops. It's a bit of a hike, but the rewards are beyond worth it. You'll be standing atop cliffs that tower up to 687 meters (2,257 feet), making them the highest cliffs in Ireland and among the highest in Europe!
The journey to Croaghaun, following the path near Keem, typically spans around 1.5 to 2 hours to finish. The duration hinges on two factors: your walking speed and the time you take to pause and relish the breathtaking views along the way. Make sure to bring appropriate footwear, clothing and plenty of snacks & water.
It's a challenging but rewarding adventure that lets you soak in the wild beauty of the Irish coastline.
Granuaile Loop Walk, Achill Island:
Let's dive into a slice of Achill Island's charm – the Granuaile Loop walk, a hidden gem along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Back in 2015, they opened this 6.7km loop walk in Derreens, named after the legendary Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley. Fun fact: she used to have a castle in nearby Kildavent!
Your adventure starts and ends at the iconic Johnny Patten's pub, and theres plenty of parking just across the road. The trail treats you to the sights of Derreens, Kildownet, and Ashleam Bay, with a climb that adds up to 334 meters. Following the well-marked signs, you'll likely spend around 2.5 hours wandering. Oh, and the reward? Panoramic views that give you a peek into Granuaile's Sea Kingdom!
Mweelrea Mountain Walk:
The Mweelrea Mountain Walk beckons those with an appetite for challenge. As the tallest peak in Connacht, and one of the iconic '4 Peaks' Mweelrea promises not only an invigorating ascent but also unparalleled views that reward your effort.
Reserve a clear day for the climb, allow plenty of time for this ascent, wear appropriate hiking gear and pack plenty of water and snacks. Getting to the top will give you a real sense of achievement and the views will make all your hard work pay off!
Whether you're drawn to the mesmerizing cliffs of Croaghaun, the serene charm of Achill Island, or the exhilarating heights of Mweelrea, the walks surrounding Clew Bay Hotel promise a captivating journey through Mayo's remarkable landscape.
As your day of exploration draws to a close, Clew Bay Hotel stands as your haven of comfort and relaxation. Unwind in our comfortable rooms and enjoy a well earned dinner and drinks in Madden's Bar & Restaurant. Check out our Special Offers and book your Westport getaway today!