Base for Hiking, Trekking & Hill Walking Holidays in Ireland
For anyone considering holidaying in Connemara with walking or hillwalking in mind, Delphi Lodge has got to be the best location, sitting within the borders of County Mayo & County Galway in the West of Ireland. Delphi Lodge is a charming 1830′s Country House set in the Delphi Valley and surrounded by some of Ireland’s most beautiful, dramatic and challenging mountain ranges. Delphi Lodge is the ideal base from which to avail of the endless low, medium and high level walking that Connemara and the West of Ireland are famous for.
The Delphi Valley consists of three beautiful lakes, Glencullen, Doolough and Finnlough which spill over into the Bundorragha River and down to Killary Fjord, 2kms south of the lodge. To the west and in front of the lodge, the Mweelrea Mountains rise dramatically to form an extensive range of cliffs, ridges and plateaus before finally summitting at a height of 814 metres, making the Mweelrea (meaning ‘the bald king’) Connaught’s highest mountain. From here the views are quite simply overwhelming. To the south and far below is Killary harbour, a 12km inlet from the Atlantic which is indeed a true fjord, to the west are the inhabited islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Clare Island, with America somewhere beyond! North and below the beautiful beaches of west Mayo, Clewbay and Achill Island and to the north east is Croagh Patrick, Mayo’s Pilgrimage Mountain and another day’s walking in itself. There are several hillwalking routes in the Mweelrea Mountains, all of which can finish at the lodge. We can offer a drop off and walk back service if required. To the east and north of the Delphi Valley are Bengorm and Creggan and the Sheefry Hills. Here there are medium and high level walks which again can finish at the lodge. A little further afield are the Maamturk and Maamtrasna Mountains and the Twelve Bens of Connemara. These ranges offer a hugh variety of hillwalking. Many of these walks have historical, religious and archaeological relevance and all are within 30 minute’s drive of Delphi Lodge. In addition to the varied and diverse hill and mountain walks all around Delphi, there are also many low level walks available along our forest tracks, lake shores and deserted beaches.
At Delphi Lodge we offer a complimentary drop-off and walk-back service to all our hillwalking guests. This will mean leaving our guests at the beginning of their chosen walks, which finish at the lodge – or at the start of walks, which finish at their own parked vehicles. This will elminate the problem of back tracking on walks that are not loop walks. We also have excellent drying facilities to ensure our guests start each day with dry clothing and footwear.
Please contact the office for further details.