Hill Walking In Ireland – Photo Blog

“Hill Walking” was a new term for us when we moved to Ireland….well, now we get it…..there are mostly hills here and not really many mountains.  And you know how it goes…..”when in Rome”…..so now we go Hill Walking!  Hill walking is a bit different from other hiking we’ve done because there’s rarely a trail.  We have a variety of walking guides and the directions are usually a rough explaination of how to get up a hill and along a rough path to a peak, ridge, viewpoint, etc.  “Cross the pasture” and “keep the stone wall on your right/left” are the most frequent directions and we’re never disappointed by where they take us.

Here are some shots from May on two recent hill walks near Galway.

First off, The Burren.  This area has been inhabited for a longgggg time – at least 4,000-6,000 years!  From a distance, the limestone covered hills have a lovely lavender color and up close are a very cool network of almost flat limestone, various grasses, wildflowers, and countless stone walls.

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Hiking in the Burren
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Wildflowers!
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Super cool rocks
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Wow! a trail marker!
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Hey Cows
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These walls are incredible!
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mooooooooo
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more cool rocks

 

Alright, shifting gears a bit more north to Leenaun….or Leenane as some signs will say.   For this hike, we set off from town and followed a tractor trail just up the road that took us up to a ridge with a beautiful view!  The hills overlook Irelands only fjord, Killary Fjord, and with a bit a luck and good weather, we could see out to the coast near Connemara.

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Looking down the valley back towards Leenaun
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Super sneaky waterfall we didn’t expect
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This walk put the HILL in Hill Walking

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Ridge walking!

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The only fiord in Ireland!

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Fjord!
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Low tide in Leenaun

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more adventures!

One Comment Add yours

  1. John Lunsford says:

    Beautiful hikes! Thanks for sharing them with us. 🙂

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