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Festival Details



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3 Guided Walks each day,

Holy Island Boat Trip & Guided Walk

Sunday Afternoon Family Walk…
Whitegate-Williamstown Harbour Loop

(See Festival Walks page for details)

Groups, T.Y. Students and Individual Walkers Welcome.

Excellent Accommodation Available

Lively Pubs and Restaurants

Nightly Entertainment


The Festival commences at on Friday 4th. October 2013 with a Welcome Reception at Mountshannon Hotel, our Headquarters for the weekend in Mountshannon.

The Welcome Evening affords you the opportunity to meet members of the East Clare Walking Club who will be your guides for the weekend. You will be able to view the walking routes, mingle with your fellow walkers and chat about your chosen walks.
A warm welcome awaits you with guest speakers, music and craic.

Lough Derg from Ogonnelloe

A courtesy bus will also be available nightly to bring visitors to/from their accommodation to the Mountshannon Hotel & Cois Na HAbhna Pub in Mountshannon.


Some Points to Remember

• Please refer to our website for updates
and any changes which may be deemed necessary.

• Experienced guides will accompany all walks. The decision and authority of the leaders is final and at all times must be adhered to by participants

• Walk Leaders maintain the right to refuse participation due to unsuitable clothing, footwear or insufficient experience

• Those participating in the Walking Festival do so at their own risk

• The organisers maintain the right to change routes where deemed necessary

• All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times

• Strictly no dogs allowed

• Please respect the beautiful countryside of East Clare - Leave no Trace

“C” Walks are on a mix of forest tracks, pathways, country lanes and minor roads. Appropriate clothing and footwear are essential.

Accompanied children are welcome but these walks are not suitable for buggies.

See OSI Discovery Maps 52 and 58 for more information on the topography of the area


Registration for Walks

Registration is at our Base Point in Mountshannon and opens there 1 hour before the listed time for each walk.

Registration for the Whitegate/Williamstown Loop Walk on Sunday afternoon will take place in the Half Barrell Pub & Restaurant, Whitegate.

Please be punctual in order to accommodate the bus transfers and your fellow walkers.

All walkers must complete and sign a registration form prior to all walks and sign out again at base afterwards. Please fill in an advanced booking form available online or print and return by post.


Leave No Trace

East Clare Tourism promotes the principles of Leave No Trace.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

2. Be Considerate of Others

3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife

4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground

5. Leave What You Find

6. Dispose of Waste Properly

7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

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Cost of Walks

Category A and B: 12 Euro per walk

Category C: 8 Euro per walk

Children: (Category ”C” Walks only)

Cost includes bus transfers and refreshments on return to base.

Holy island Guided Walk 20 Euro. (Book Early - Spaces Limited.)

Sunday Afternoon Family Walk 5 Euro (Children Free)

Guidelines for Walkers

Please choose a walk appropriate to your experience and ability:

“A” Walks – Very Experienced Walker

“B” Walks – Experienced Walker

“C” Walks – Casual Walker

“D” Walks - Woodpark & Holy Island

Clothing and Equipment

“A” and “B” Walks are on open high rough country. Waterproof jacket, over-trousers, hat and gloves, sturdy walking boots are required. No runners or jeans. You should also bring a packed lunch, drinks, snacks, whistle and spare clothes.


Details of walks

Can be seen here


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