Seven stages of this trail in the West of Ireland
In 1994, a short preparation at home gave us the idea that the Western way was completely marked. Being there: it was not. (nowadays it should be better, we had read. But, nevertheless, the Western-way is and was a great adventure!
Getting there: We had a flight to Dublin, from Dublin-airport by bus to the bus station in Dublin city, a bus to Galway (4 hours) and a little local bus to Glann (Oughterard). You also can book a flight to Shannon.
Accommodation: The famous B&B system was - as always - perfect. And a youth hostel.
The maps: the Ordnance Survey of Ireland 1:50.000, nrs.37,38,44,45 en 31 and a compass!
Easter 1994: a big part of the Western way, on foot, of course, and sometimes a local bus.
Height on trail: from sea level till about 400 m.
Distances between the stage cities: 20-25 km.
Day 1: Oughterard - Kylemore Lough
Day 2: Kylemore Lough - Leenaun
Day 3: Leenaun - Louisburgh
Day 4: Louisburgh - Newport (partly bus)
Day 5: Newport - Bangor: The Bangor-trail....... 32 km.!
Day 6: Bangor - Ballycastle ( partly bus)
Day 7: Ballycastle - Ballina
And the direct-bus to Dublin.
The Bangor trail Kylemore Lough Moorland
On trail: moors, peat, Crough Patrick, The Twelve Bens, the fantastic Bangor-trail: slowly increasing, clumps of grass and looking for the best Western-way.……...sometimes with a lot of water, from above and on the ground, in the shoes, in everything….. And near Glann the old Irish man said: “You’re on your own now……”, but what a landscape!
The Bangor trail is something special. We started in the youth hostel at Newport (the Treanlaur Lodge), early on route and just in time in half-dark at the B&B in Bangor. It’s quite a distance and on the route there is…………...nothing! Be prepared!