County Mayo – The Wild Atlantic Way
Join us on the West Coast of Ireland for 5 days as you discover the remote wild beauty that County Mayo’s coastline has to offer. Whether it is the enchanting islands, the spectacular pristine clear waters of the Atlantic, sandy beaches with Machair picnic spots or the rugged cliffs with an imposing backdrop of landward mountains, this section of the Wild Atlantic Way will offer up endless discoveries. Being based around Killary Bay provides plenty of opportunities to venture out each day, once we have met up and considered the conditions and aspirations of the group. Depending on the weather and sea, it might be a trip to the stronghold of the 16th century Chieftainess Grainne NiMhaille the renowned Irish leader of her day, based at Claire Island or we might head to the drowned drumlins in Clew Bay and take in the myriad of low grassy islands leftover from the last ice age as they spilt out their moraine. Maybe the beautiful drying sandy beaches of Omey provide a peaceful lunch spot on the way out to the jewel in the crown of the wild west islands, being High Island with its magnificent cliffs and inspiring views. Heading north there is the passage through Achill Sound to Black Sod Bay to catch a glimpse of the Mullet Peninsula one of the remotest parts of mainland Ireland and the exposed low lying Inishkea islands. Wherever the journey takes you, you will escape the crowds, be surrounded by the Wild Atlantic and immersed in the finest scenery around with every opportunity to spot the variety of abundant wildlife found within these bays and islands. Annually around Keem Bay there are sightings of basking sharks and closer to shore there are regular visits by Bottle nose dolphins, harbour porpoise and the islands host Manx Shearwater, Shelducks and re-emerging Corn Crakes, Barnacle Geese and Bonxie to name but a few of the species found in this biodiverse environment. Whatever awaits you, from Clifden bay, to the history of Inishturk you will be engulfed in breath taking coastline with each day promising more fantastic paddling.
Date July Mon 13 - Fri 17 (2020)
Location West Coast Ireland