A classic Irish hiking route that could be considered Ireland’s closest to an Alpine ridge route. This is a difficult and committed route, with few escape points, but the stunning vistas of mountains and lakes are well worth it. Although the distance is relatively short, steep ascends and descends make this a much tougher route.
From Galway, the the N59 in the direction of Clifden. About 14 km before Clifden, there is the Benlettery youth hostel, on the right hand side, which would be a suitable place to park; this will also be the finish point of the hike.
To get to the start, you will need to backtrack about 1.5 km, in the direction of Galway, until you come to a boreen on the left that leads up into the Glencoaghan valley, which is the start point of the hike.
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