Our trails

It is a well-known fact that the west of Ireland is the most stunning and welcoming of the island, and over time it has become a favourite holiday destination for all who want to experience the magic of the Emerald Isle.
While there are plenty of walking trails that will let you discover this magnificent region of Ireland, don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track and avoid following the busiest and most well-known trails.
This is our specialty: we want to help you discover “our” west of Ireland, away from the typical rat-tracks and with more focus on meeting people and visiting well-preserved sites such as
Ballycroy National Park for example, or the Nephin Beg mountain range; nobody knows them quite like we do !

Another one of our principles is not to impose any ready-made walking schedule on our visitors, but give them the possibility of creating their own custom trip.

So how do we do this? By letting you choose from the hikes and trails that we have mapped out those that best correspond to your centres of interest or based on the distances you would like to cover each day.

Here is a quick look at some of the hikes and walks we have on offer this year, all of which are with a walking guide who speaks French and English and will certainly share his love of the west of Ireland with his followers!

We think that three to six days at Rock House is an appropriate amount of time to discover “our” west of Ireland. Of course, since we offer custom schedules, requests for a shorter stay will also receive our fullest attention!

Black Lake : Wild boglands in the Nephin Beg Mountains.
Distance: 13 km, ascent 338 m, descent 320 m. Walking trail, followed by a hike across a natural bog close to the Black Lake on the Owenduff river (salmon river) arriving at our fishing lodge, Blue Lodge.

andonnees shramore Rock HouseShramore Loop : Heaths and forests around Coreen Maur.
Distance: 9.5 km, ascent 210 m, descent 210 m. Walking trail in the heaths, forest track, forming a loop.

randonnees keem beach Rock HouseKeem Beach : Heaths and cliffs of the Achill Island Peninsula.
Distance: 6 km, ascent 404 m, descent 575 m. Hike across the heaths to climb the cliffs surrounding Croaghaun facing the Atlantic Ocean. Arrival at Keem Beach.

Randonnees Inishbiggle Rock HouseInishbiggle island : coastal walk and village.

Distance: 8km, ascent 52m, descent 50m. Boat crossing, followed by a walk on small roads and along the coast around the island, return by boat.

randonnees blue lodge Rock HouseBlue Lodge loop : Wild bogland and Owenduff River.
Distance 8km, ascent 220m, descent 218 m. Loop walk through the Glore Slieve boglands along the Owenduff River, returning to the Blue Lodge fishing lodge.

400x90 randonnees Srah beach Rock HouseSrah Beach : Sandy beach and coastal heathlands.

Distance 6km, ascent 6 m, descent 5 m. Trail between coastal heath and the wide vast sands opposite Black Sod bay.

400x90 randonnees Sofi beach Rock HouseSofi Beach : Discover the Clew Bay oyster farms on this beach walk.
Distance 4 km, ascent 5 m, descent 5 m. Half-day trip (depending on the tide) to an oyster farm and walk along the beaches.

400x90 randonnees Annagh Island Rock HouseAnnagh Island : A walk around Annagh Island, its boglands and coastline.

Distance: 6km, ascent 34 m, descent 34 m. Boat crossing with a local angler followed by a walk among the coastal boglands and beach, return by boat.

randonnees Croagh Patrick Rock HouseCroagh Patrick : Ireland’s sacred mountain (altitude 764 m).
Distance : 5 km, ascent 665 m, descent 665 m. The walk takes the pilgrim path to the summit and back.

randonnees Inishturk Island Rock HouseInishturk Island : Distance 6 m, ascent 235 m, descent 235 m.

A walk through the village and waymarked path to the cliffs; observation of colonies of seabirds (depending on the season) at the ocean’s edge, return to port.

randonnees bangor trail Rock HouseBangor Trail :

For those who don’t shy away from longer walks, don’t miss out on the famous Bangor Trail which will take you on a full day of walking from Newport to Bangor. Along the way, through hillsides rising to 700 metres (the Nephin Begs), you will experience a unique landscape in Europe: the last untouched bogs of our continent and a magnificent coastal and mountainous region that is away from well-trodden paths.

Walking holiday rates 2016

Length of stay 3 days / 4 nights 6 days / 7 nights
Number of people in the group Four   |   Six Four  |   Six
Price per person (in euros) 750   |   675 1.350   |   1.200

Note : for groups over four, Rock House will be entirely reserved for the group.

These rates are all-inclusive (except for air or ferry travel to the destination and car hire) :
– your walks will be planned with a guide for the group
– full-board accommodation (excluding alcoholic drinks) at Rock House Estate, in a twin room.

Contact us for rates for groups with less than four or more than six people and shorter or longer stays at Rock House.

Other activities are also available a short distance from Rock House :

Biking trails between the mountains and the ocean: you will be spoiled for choice, whether you choose to follow the jagged coastline from Westport to Achill Island (42 km, see www.greenway.ie) or trails that will bring you through typical Irish villages and white sandy beaches (yes, they exist in Ireland too !)

Golf : Some of the 9 or 18-hole courses were built on the seafront, and the pleasure of playing is heightened by the panoramic view.

Whether you are an angler, a hillwalker or a holidaymaker, Ireland will guarantee you bring home wonderful memories.
There is magic at work on the Emerald Isle, and at the end of their stay, holidaymakers and anglers always find they have been won over by the kindness and sense of hospitality of its people and have fallen in love with its scenery.