Ireland Meet

The EIC Hill walking and Mountaineering Section will base itself in Westport, Country Mayo, Ireland for 3 nights.

As we’ll be on the Atlantic coast, the walks chosen will depend on the weather on the day. Our plans are:

Corrannabinnia, at 714 m and the second highest point of the Nephin Beg range. The Glendahurk Horseshoe, with Corrannabinnia as its climax, is a serious day’s hiking in west Mayo (16 km; 1,000m ascent; 6 hours).

Hill walking on Achill Island. Achill Island, off Mayo’s west coast, offers excellent hillwalking, with fantastic ocean views all around. Traversing Slievemore (671m) from east to west must be one of the best ridge walks in Ireland. It is a fairly easy walk with tremendous views; with its position out on the west coast, the views north and south along the coast are extensive. Alternatively, a shorter circuit but above the highest cliffs in Ireland centred on Croaghaun (668m) can be chosen on the day.

Westport is a destination town!  Located on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, right next to Clew Bay, this bustling town has it all – everything you’d expect from a west of Ireland town, including great food and nightlife. If we are rained off the mountains, there are lowland walk options also.

Itinerary

Friday 20th September 2019

Arrive at Knock Airport – (irelandwestairport.com) by 17:00 to meet up and drive to accommodation in Westport. Rental cars to transfer to Westport (1-hour drive).

Dinner: A hostelry in Westport.

Saturday 21st September 2019

08.30 depart accommodation for the 30-minute drive to the trail head.

Full mountaineering day in the Nephin Beg range, to finish by 17.00, in time for dinner at 19:00 in Westport.

Sunday 22nd September 2019

Achill Island offers two significant peaks, Slievemore mountain at 671m and Croaghaun at 668m. The final choice will be made by the group.

We will leave our accommodation at 8:30 for the 1-hour drive to Achill where the selected route will be tackled. We will be back at the cars by 15:00 at the latest, in time for a well-earned refreshment (or two) in a local hostelry before driving back to Westport for dinner.

Monday 23rd September 2019

Depart for Knock airport after breakfast.

 

COST

Flights: Stansted-Knock: €65 pp. Arrive afternoon 20th Sept, Return morning 23rd Sept.

See table below for other connections.

Please note members are required to make their own arrangements to arrive in Knock airport by 5pm on Saturday 20th September 2019

Flights departing from other airports

Depart Arrive Knock Leave Knock Get home Cost
Fri 20th Sep Mon 23rd Sep
Birmingham 10:40 12:05 12:30 13:50 £100 Flybe
Stanstead 15:10 16:40 09:50 11:20 £48 Ryanair
Luton 13:55 15:20 11:50 13:05 £45 Ryanair
Luton 10:00 11:25 11:50 13:05 £49 Ryanair
East Midlands 12:20 13:35 15:00 16:15 £73 Ryanair

 

Transport: 2 cars with 5 each: €60-70 pp (sale right now, €239 per car of 5). Price will alter dependent on group size.

Accommodation: 3 nights at the Clew Bay Hotel, twins sharing: B&B – €200 pp, single rooms 50%; Hostel alternative nearby €100 pp.

There is no minimum number of participants, and members can bring guests, required for this event to go ahead. There is a maximum number of participants of 10.

Booking strictly through Claire Johnson of the EIC Secretarial Office. Please contact her directly for information on how to pay. A deposit of £150 is required by 1 August as confirmation.

NOTES

Please bring all personal hiking equipment including hiking boots and waterproofs. Also bring change of clothes for evening.

Packed lunches – can hopefully be provided by the B&B & if not, can be purchased in Westport.

ORGANISERS

Christian Schaffalitzky (cschaffalitzky@icloud.com; 07736 062266)

Ray O’Malley (rayomalley@icloud.com; 07830 171662)

The EIC Hill Walking and Mountaineering Section recognises that climbing, hill and country walking, and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death.  Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. The East India Club, its Officers, Board, Section members and persons acting on behalf of the Club cannot be held liable for any loss or injury occurring to any participant while taking part in these or its activities.


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Date/Time

20th Sep 2019 - 23rd Sep 2019
5:00 pm - 10:00 am

Dress Code

Black Tie

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