Fuchsia Lane Loop, a 3km, one hour walk. Start in the village, continue up Farrell’s Road, and then turn up onto Errisbeg Mountain. Stay on the lower parts of the mountain, and turn back down Fuchsia Lane, finishing up in the village.
The Giorran Loop, a 6km, 2 hour walk. Start in the village, head up the same way as the Fuchsia Lane Loop, along Farrell’s Road and the lower slopes of Errisbeg Mountain, it will continue on to Coogla, over to Ervallagh, and along the coast to Ballyrobuck, where it will join the road again at Michael Killeen Park, finishing up in the centre of the village.
Inishnee Loop, A-B. Starting from the mapboard at the bridge on the island, follow the purple arrow along the minor roadway for 1.5km to reach a 3-way junction. You will return to this point from the left later – for now continue straight. B-C. Continue to follow the minor roadway for another 1km to reach a Y-junction. The loop turns left here, and starts to climb gently to reach Reilig Naomh Maitiú (St Matthew’s Graveyard) on your right. It’s well worth a visit. C-B-A. The loop continues to follow the minor roadway until it peters out and becomes an old stone laneway which takes you back to the junction mentioned at B above. This time turn right and enjoy the 1.5km trek back to the trailhead. (link to map)
Errisbeg Hill a difficult 3-5 hour hill walk near Roundstone. Features dramatic rocks, spectacular scenery including mountains, bog and coastline. Distance is about 7km with about 450m of climbing. Terrain includes steep open hillside, wet bog, sheep track and surfaced minor road. Requires good fitness and strong walking boots with good ankle support, along with food, water and outdoor clothing. Works best with a car drop or else returns from the summit along same route; also, it can be extended into a loop including the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point Gurteen beach and peninsula which requires a full day and usually takes 5-7 hours.
Dog’s Bay & Gurteen Peninsula An easy 2-3 hour coastal walk on the spectacular Gurteen peninsula near Roundstone and Ballyconneely which is a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Features several spectacular beaches with fine sands and dunes, extensive flora, interesting rocks and wonderful sea/mountain views. Distance is 6km with very little climbing. Terrain is mostly grassy and sandy, with some rocks.
Roundstone Bog – A moderate 3-4 hour hike around one of the largest and wildest lakes of the spectacular Roundstone Bog complex (Lough na bhFaoileann; the lake of the Seagulls). A very special walk, featuring extensive rare bog habitat, a series of dramatic lakescapes overlooked by Errisbeg Hill and the towering Twelve Bens Mountains. Distance is about 9km with a small amount of gentle climbing. Terrain includes rough wet bogland , sheep track, long grass and surfaced minor road.
Derrigimlagh – (25 minute drive from Roundstone village) An easy 3-4 hour flat hike exploring the historic Marconi site and part of the Roundstone Bog complex. The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Point of Derrigimlagh, or Derrygimla, is where the first ever transatlantic telecommunications took place and where Alcock & Brown’s first non-stop transatlantic fight landed. The ruins of the Marconi telecommunications complex are located in the midst of the very special Roundstone Bog habit with its unique flora and fauna and multitude of lakes. Terrain includes gravel trails, boardwalks, and wet bogland.
Cashel – (15 minute drive) 1 to 1.5 hour aprox 6.5km .Begin the Cashel Walk opposite the Zetland Hotel, passing the community centre and hand-ball alley on your left. Then take the first turn on the left at about 500m – this is where our walk will turn upon returning from the shore. As on other walks, there traces of people long gone; the intricate pattern of small field walls and the abandoned ruins tell of a once higher population. Then you can see directly down Bertraghboy Bay ahead. The road is now a track, which continues 500m past the farm gate at the end, keeping right on to the shore. From here there are fine views over Leitreach Áird on the far side of the bay.After absorbing sufficient sea views and air, retrace your steps to the turn mentioned above. Our route turns right here, along the old bog track amid the bogs and boulders and solitude, across to link up with the Carna-Cashel road. Turn left here and after half a mile turn left once again back towards Cashel.
Diamond Hill – (A 40 minute drive from Roundstone village) 500 metres high, Diamond Hill rises above the small village of Letterfrack. This is one of the finest hikes in the country. It commands huge ocean, island and mountain views in all directions. From its sharp edge summit it looks down on Kylemore Abbey and deep into the Twelve Bens mountain range. On the slopes of the mountain are the remains of an abandoned 19th century farm and a megalithic tomb built by the first farmers of the area 5,000 years ago. For further information visit www.connemaranationalpark.ie
Should you wish to check out more trails around Galway click on the link to the right.