In 1987 a group of local volunteers got together and decided to start the 3 day Walking Festival. This festival has gone from strength to strength in the last 30 years. Bookings are already up on last year so we will be seeing more people than ever on the walks.
There are also other activities for friends and family that may want to try something new. The Greenway cycling track which is built on the old railway line is now open from Achill Island all the way to Westport and offers a spectacular experience which is off the beaten track. Various water sports are also available nearby on Achill Island and can include surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing, swimming and diving.If you need any advice or help please contact us on
Here is a comment from Tony O'Sullivan who brings a group every year:
IF YOU HAVE TRAVELLED FROM NEWPORT ON YOUR WAY TO ACHILL WITHOUT STOPPING YOU HAVE MISSED THE HIDDEN IRELAND. EVERY JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEK END ONE OF THE BEST WALKING FESTIVALS TAKES PLACE IN THE AREA. THIS IS NOT LIKE MANY OTHER FESTIVALS WHERE YOU NEED TURBO BOOTS OR YOU NEED TO BE A ROAD RUNNER. HERE THE LOCAL PEOPLE LEAD THE WALKS. IF YOU LIKE HIGH MOUNTAINS THEY ARE THERE FOR YOU. IF YOU LIKE EASY GOING WALKS, PASSING THROUGH THE HIDDEN IRELAND DON'T MISS THIS EVENT. THE LOCALS WILL MAKE YOU WELCOME AS IF THEY SEEN YOU BEFORE MANY TIMES. ONLY FOR THIS LOCAL GROUP NO GREENWAY WOULD BE THERE TO DAY. THIS IS THE HOME OF THE FAMOUS GREENWAY AND YOU CAN ENJOY IT IN THE BEST POSSIBLE COMPANY. THE LOCAL FARMERS KNOW EVERY INCH OF THIS AREA AND THEY LOVE TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. I COULD GO ON AND ON BUT TRY IT FOR YOURSELF AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IT'S A MUST FOR A JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEK END. I HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS YEAR. TONY.