Maamturks, Connemara, Ireland

View from MaamturkMammturk Mountains are a picturesque mountain range in North Connemara. You can drive N59 to Maam Cross and continue straight in the direction of Clifden, take right turn into R344 along Lough Inagh. Another right and you keep going along the range. Stop where you wish to start climbing. They are less well known than their more famous neighbours, the Twelve Bens on the other side of the Inagh Valley.

Western Way Connemara IrelandThere was nobody there on the day we hiked (17th Aug 2014). The weather was changing rapidly, sun, wind, rain, sun and so on. There is no real trail or path (other than the one made by sheeps). So you can just go cross country.

Maamturks Connemara Ireland

The ground was very wet, covered with grass and moors with exposed rock and some loose stones. We also came across lovely waterfall and saw a few small ponds at the top of the range. We only climbed one of the peaks. I think it was Maumahoge/Knocknahillion. Hope to go back another time and do the Maamturks challenge!

View from Maamturks Connemara Ireland

Every year Maamturks Challenge takes place. You start not far from Maam Cross and hike from one peak to another which takes from 10h upwards. The route runs most of the tortuous Maamturks ridge finishing in Leenane. The maximum height is a modest 700m but the successive steep slopes are very demanding.

Start = L969 496 – Turn = L964 489 – Corcóg – Turn = L947 496 – Mullach Glas – Binn Mhór – Patrickswell = L902 504 – Binn Chaonaigh – Binn idir an dá Log – L883 530 – L Mham Ochóige = L879 535 – Cnoc na hUilleann – Binn Bhriocáin – Top = L861 554 – Maam Turk = L857 564 – Top = L855 568 – Top = L856 576 – Col Despondency = L856 582 – Ridge = L864 594 – Meall Cheo = L861 598 – Western Way = L854 621 – Finish = L873 618

hiking Maamturks connemara Ireland

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