The cultural region of Connemara in West Galway is known for being one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the entire world, never mind just Ireland. Connemara is home to some of the country’s finest walks and hiking paths, making it best explored on foot. Culture Trips rounds up 10 of the best.
Epic mountain landscapes await on this rocky trail that links the Maam and Inagh Valleys through the Maumturk Mountains. The site of a former Celtic shrine, the Maumeen Mountain Pass is home to an ancient pilgrimage site that Saint Patrick himself is said to have visited. As well as a tiny chapel on the pass dedicated to Saint Patrick, this hiking trail, which takes three-to-four hours to complete, features spectacular views of both the coast and the inland ranges to the east.