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Located in the heart of Connemara, Killary Harbour (‘An Caoláire Rua’ in Irish) is a fjord
that forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. Here, you will find
some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland. From the northern shore of the harbour
rises Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht at 814m. To the south you can see
the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens.
There are two small communities in the vicinity: Rosroe on the southern side and
Leenane to the east. In the former, you’ll find a hostel that was once a residence where
philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein stayed for some time after WWII, using it as a quiet
place to write. Nearby you can also explore the so-called Green Road, a route that
travels eastward along the side of the fjord toward Leenane. This road stretches for
9km and was built in the 19th century as a famine relief project.
Additionally, this area is known for aquaculture, with a salmon farm operating at Rosroe
and mussel rafts commonly spotted to the east.
Explore the region’s picture-perfect scenery from a wealth of fantastic walking and hiking routes.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Whether in the saddle or on foot, embrace idyllic views from Westport to Achill on Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling trail spanning the stunning County Mayo.