Walking in County
The River Suck links a 60 mile stretch of countryside in
West Roscommon and East Galway known as The Suck River
Valley. Walkers can enjoy this unspoiled countryside by
walking The Suck Valley Way.
The 100km Walk Way is unusual among Irish Waymarked Ways
because for most of it's length it lies across lowland
farms. It also crosses the boglands and callows of the river
Suck with their numerous lakes and drainage channels. The
way passes through the "Nine Friendly Villages", Ballygar,
Creggs, Glinsk, Ballymoe, Ballintubber, Dunamon, Castlecoote,
Athleague and Castlecoote.
This route starts at Oughterard and follows the shore of
Lough Corrib to Maam. From Maam it finds a low level way
through the great quartzite ranges of the Maum Turks and
Twelve Bens, before descending to the deep, narrow valley of
Killary Harbour and junction with the Western Way (Mayo)
Route Details: Oughertard, Maam, Maumeen, Inagh,
Toorenacoona, Leenane. - Total Distance: 50km / 31 miles.
Cloonfad Scenic Walks - near Dunmore
Cloonfad Scenic Walks provide a range of walking
routes near the villages of Cloonfad and Dunmore. They
consist of seven circular walks in a unique and stress free
landscape. The Cloonfad area of west Roscommon epitomises
much of rural Irish life. With a landscape that is at once
rugged and tranquil and a network of time-honoured walking
routes, this is about as far as you can get from the
pressures of modern living.
Park encompasses some 2,957 hectares of rugged quartzite and
schist terrain of north Connemara, stretching from sea level
at Letterfrack to some of the peaks of the Twelve Bens
mountains (Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanacht).
The park features two self guiding nature trails. The
visitor centre features an information desk, tea room, shop,
audio-video show and an exhibition on the Connemara
landscape. Regular guided nature - check times.
- Belclare, Tuam.
the great 'Hill of Maeve' is situated 2km west of Belclare
near Tuam. The walk from Castlehackett at the base of
Knockma, around the hill, to the top and back down is approx
Mountbellew Demesne is about 1 km west of Mountbellew.
Facilities here include walled gardens enclosing a herd of
Sika deer, an old forge - now a museum containing local
artifacts - a tug boat (around 900 years old), the Herd's
House and a flour mill (now in ruins). Facilities: Car park,
forest walk and picnic site. A new Coillte office was
recently built in the Demense adjacent to the Galway road.
Length of Trail: At Mountbellew Demesne you will find about
5 km of forest trails. Habitat: Coniferous forest with old
oak woodland adjoining Mountbellew town. The Shevin River
flows through the demesne and an artificial lake adjoins the
plantation. Main Tree Species: The only remnants of early
plantations are the oak plantation, and the elite stands of
Sitka and Norway spruce.
If walking is your pleasure, then there are numerous routes
to choose from in
There are lakeside, forest, hill, mountain, bog and
riverbank walks with breathtaking views of an awesomely
beautiful landscape. Long or short walks, there's a walk to
suit most people.