Outdoor Adventures

West Coast of Ireland Adventure Week Westport, Ireland

With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader

Spend 5 days exploring the rugged and dramatic mountains, islands and coastline of the wild Atlantic Coast of Ireland, guided by Mark Reid and Richard Duckworth, who are highly experienced Mountain Leaders. Mark knows County Mayo extremely well, and has been visiting Westport and walking the surrounding coastline, hills and mountains for almost 40 years.

There will be five days of walking with an array of routes ranging from adventurous mountain hikes to dramatic hill, glen, island and coastal walks.

Discover adventurous mountain routes, ridges, scrambles and summits, taking you far away from crowds and into a world of majestic glens and quiet mountains in the hauntingly beautiful West Coast of Ireland. Climb to the summit of Croagh Patrick (764m), Ireland’s Holy Mountain, or dramatic Mweelrea (814m), the highest mountain in Connacht with wonderful views across Connemara and the Atlantic.

Explore amazing geology, archaeology, wildlife and seascapes around County Mayo’s wild Atlantic coastline, secluded glens and quiet hills. Explore Clare Island, home of Grace O’Malley the ‘Pirate Queen’, or Achill Island the largest of the Irish isles which recently featured in the film The Banshees of Inisherin.

  • Five fantastic days of guided walks, ranging from adventurous mountain routes to hill, glen, island and coastal walks.
  • Walks guided by knowledgeable and experienced Mountain Leaders.
  • Experience the camaraderie of walking in the beautiful West of Ireland.
  • Sociable evenings in one of Westport’s famous pubs, with traditional Irish music.
  • Small group size – maximum of 16 hikers with two Mountain Leaders.

This 5-day West Coast of Ireland Adventure Week will be based at the lovely coastal town of Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. Westport is a bustling town, famed for its traditional pubs, attractive streets, independent shops and stunning location near Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. Here you will find an array of hotels, B&Bs, hostels and traditional pubs, plus shops, restaurants, cafes etc. For more information, please visit Destination Westport


The nearest airport is Ireland West Airport, which is a 45 minute drive from Westport. There is a train station at Westport, with regular trains between Westport and Dublin. Regular ferries operate between Holyhead and Dublin, such as Irish Ferries and Stena Line. It takes about 3.5 hours to drive from Dublin Port to Westport.

Please arrange your own food, travel and accommodation. You will need the use of a car whilst in Westport as the walk meeting points will be within a 60-minute drive of Westport. We will car share wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint. 


There will be five days of walking with an array of routes ranging from adventurous mountain hikes to dramatic hill, glen, island and coastal walks. The walks will vary each day to give you the very best West Coast of Ireland walking experience, from mountains and glens to coast and islands.

We will walk as one group of up to 16 people, guided by two Mountain Leaders. A good level of fitness is required for these walks. The precise routes will be decided each day given the weather forecast, ground conditions and group needs.

We will meet at 9am each morning at Westport, where you’ll be able to meet your fellow walkers and discuss the day’s adventure. We’ll car share to the starting points of the walk, which will be within a 60-minute drive of Westport, such as Murrisk (10 minute drive), Sheeffry Hills (35 minute drive), Delphi (40 minute drive) or Achill Island (55 minute drive),  All walks will finish by around 5pm.

The MOUNTAIN WALKS may include iconic mountains such as Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea, Nephin Beg, Sheeffry Hills and Knockmore. These are remote mountains with amazing views on a clear day. These will be demanding full day mountain walks with steep broken ground, sustained ascents and descents, rocks, boulders and scree, exposed paths, narrow ridges and challenging mountainous terrain. Paths are few and far between, so many routes will include long stretches of open country across rough moorland, bog and mountainous terrain, with stream crossings.

The HILL, GLEN, ISLAND & COASTAL WALKS may include Doo Lough, Silver Strand, Clare Island, Achill Island and the dramatic coastline and beaches of Clew Bay with its drowned drumlin field of beautiful small islands. These will be full day walks along clifftops and coastlines, beaches and bays, through glens, across moorland and hills (up to around 450m) with ascents/descents, uneven ground, river/stream crossings and rough terrain in places. Again, paths are rare in Ireland and so expect rough and pathless terrain on all walks.

EVENING: Meet at one of Westport’s famous pubs (traditional music) each evening to recount our day’s adventures (optional).




This includes:

  • Five day's guided walking, with Mark Reid and Richard Duckworth (Mountain Leaders).
  • The walks will include a range of routes from adventurous mountain hikes to hill, glen, coastal, beach and island walks.
  • Use of our waterproof clothing & boots if required.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme
NB: Please provide food, travel & accommodation, as well as your own personal walking clothing and equipment. As this walking week is taking place in the Republic of Ireland then we strongly recommend that you have adequate travel/health insurance; you will also require a valid passport.