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Walks / Cycle / Drive / Run
In no particular order, I hope to describe just some of the beautiful scenic walks all along the coast of Connemara South. All the walks can be taken in most weather conditions. But of course be sure to check the weather forecast and take a mobile phone even though the treks are between 3 and 7 miles in distance and you will not be more than 2 miles from the main R336 road. No matter what the conditions, please take a litre or two of water and wear clothing appropriate to the conditions. Please always respect peoples privacy and look out for 'Private' signs. The interactive Maps will hopefully guide you, but dont be afraid to ask a local for directions. The people of Cois Fharraige are very welcoming and open to help at any time.
From the view of the Atlantic waters across Galway Bay and out to the Aran Islands to the rugged coastline disected by numerous rivers and streams to the ancient bog, deep woods and magical lakes. Connemara South is stunning. A short walk can take you from the sea to mounds of cut turf, stone walled fields and on to beautiful still lakes.
The Three Lakes Walk (Crumlin Lodge)
Suitable for Walk / Drive / Run / Cycle
Stunning. Thats about the most adequate word to describe this walk. Absolutely stunning. This is a difficult road to find. Driving from Spiddal approx 5 miles you will see a large advertisement for Aer Arann on the wall of a house on the left. It is the right turn at this sign. Please see the Interactive Map.
Find a location to park your car on the R336. Walk up the up the road at Cor Na Ron. Walk the road until you reach a large lake on the right side (approx 1.8 miles). Directly ahead you will see the old entrance to Crumlin Lodge with a small wood, this is private land. Take the next right turn which rises slowly over the bog. Another stunning lake appears on the left side (approx 1 mile). Follow this trek until you reach a tiny T Junction at the east end of the lake. Take the right turn which rises again, providing stunning views of the landscape. You are now walking back towards the R336. Another beautiful lake will appear on your left side (approx 1mile). Contunie until you reach the main road, R336. Take a right turn (keeping on the footpath) until you reach your car.
Céibh Baile Na hAbhann (Ballynahown Pier)
Suitable for Walk / Run / Cycle (Mountain Bike)
A stunning walk towards the coast with stunning views of the Aran Islands and access to local, enclosed beaches. Balllynahowan Pier continues to provide mooring for a small number of boats. This is a very small working harbour.
Park in the Church Carpark. Leaving the carpark, taking a left (Towards the bend). Take the next left down a small country trek. Follow the trek for 1/4 mile (.4km). The small road splits. Taking the left will lead you to a beach 1/4 mile (.4km) on. Going right will take you to Ballynahowan Pier 1/2 mile (.8km). You will cross a small bridge over Ballynahowan River. From the bridge you will see the Pier in the distance. See if you can find the 'Rabbit Hole Beach' across the fields before the bridge (ask a local). Getting Back: When you reach the Pier turn back but follow the tarmac road for exactly 1 mile (1.6km) to the 'Tully Cross'. Take the right turn back on to the main road, R336, passing a large convenience shop. Follow the road for 3/4 (1.2km) mile until you reach the Church, and your car. Be sure to stay on the righ side of the road when walking. as with all the walks, wear clothing appropriate to the weather and take water.
Barna Wood (Coill Bhearna)
Suitable for Walk only
Barna Wood is one of he most beautiful woods in Ireland. The Wood is within 15mins drive from Galway city located on the R336.There are numerous pathways and walks but none are plotted. It is easy to navigate and one could easily spend the whole day here. One drawback in the very small carpark. It may be an idea to park your car in Barna Church, just 1000 meters past the entrance to Barna Wood.
This place is magical and a must for any visitor to Connemara or Galway City. The best thing for me to do is pass you to the following website for exact information and some beautiful images of Barna Wood, Click Here.
The Raised Bog Walk
The Boluisce River & Waterfall
Suitable for Walk only
I will thank www.irishwhitewater.com for the following directions as I think they cannot be bettered. Also, anyone willing to Kayak down the Boluisce Waterfall has much more guts than me. Fair play lads (Sean Byrne):
Driving from Galway city (R336) going west, turn right going through Spiddal village. Continue up that road until you reach the entrance to the Spiddal caravan and camping park on the left hand side. Take the smaller road to the left. Continue until you reach a bunch of houses on the left. There are many ways to access the top of the river. The first turn off is exactly 0.9 miles from the turn at Spiddal Village, and then (reset your odometer) the path is 1.4miles exactly from that turnoff. Most of the access routes are to the lake and then to paddle to the dam and on to the river. One way to access the lake and the top of the river is by a small narrow trail; this narrow trail is marked on Ordinance Survey maps as being a public foot path. However I would advise that you make sure that you are on the correct path. If in doubt knock on a door and ask a local for some advice. Another way is to go even further up the road and there are some roads down to the lake.
Is is possible to walk from the Lake all the way to the River mouth at the Primary School in Spiddal. This is a walk along the River and is quite a difficult trek. It is 2.2 miles (3.5Km) from the lake to the School.
An Bóthar Buí (The Yellow Road)
Suitable for Walk / Drive / Run / Cycle
This is one of my favourite country roads and is perfectly shaped in the form of a horse shoe. A perfect walk with beautiful scenery winding through lush greenery along the Crumlin River.
Drive approximately 2 miles (3.2km) past Spiddal on the R336. You will see a large service station on the left 'Siopa an Phobal'. Park in the carpark of Coláiste Lurgan, just 50 meters past the service station on the right side. Walking out from Coláiste Lurgan, take the left, towards Spddal on the R336. Walk past the Credit Union and take the next left on to Bóthar Buí. Follow the road for approximately 1 mile (1.6km). You will find a small bridge crossing the Crumlin River. Cross the bridge and walk on another 1/2 mile (.8km) as the road continus to wind slowly upwards. Eventually you will come across an Electronic Windmill Farm on your right, the trek home is to the left. The Windmills were the brain child of a local politician Pól Ó Foighil. These cutting edge technical creations are an amazing sight against the backdrop of the bog and surrounding rugged landscap. They stretch over 100 feet into the sky.
The road back is more direct and runs approximately 3/4 mile (1.2km) directly to the R336. When you reach the main road, take a left turn back to the carpark of Coláiste Lurgan.
Connemara South is home to one of Irelands top White Water Rivers. The Boluisce River in Spiddal. Now will you think about having a go at this:
Interesting to Visit
Silver Strand Beach
Donnellys Public Hous, Barna
The Twelve Bar, Barna
Padraicins Public House Furbo
Hughes Music Public House, Spiddal
An Nead Public House, Spiddal
An Cruiscin Lán, Spiddal
An Tobar, Spiddal
Tigh Cualáin, Inverin
Tigh Mholly, Inverin
An Poitín Stíl, Inverin
Tír na N'óg, Inverin
Tigh Johnny Sheáin, Tully
Tigh Peadáir Mhór, Bantrach
An Chéibh, Rosaveel
Now Cois Fharraige is certainly not reknown for its Surfing but there are occasions when good waves can be found at Spiddal Prom Beach and Furbo Beach. Keep an eye out. The following images were taken in October 2009: