The Killary Coastal Park is a newly built 2km looped coastal walk located on the grounds of Killary Adventure Company in Leenane, Co. Galway.
Things to know about the Killary Coastal Park
- Where: Killary Adventure Co, Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland, H91 PY61
- Cost: Free to use for individuals and small groups
- Opening times: All year round
- Parking: Free at the car park at the start of the walk
- Terrain: Rough underfoot, not suitable for buggies
A bit about the trail
This coastal trail brings walkers down to the shores of the Killary Fjord where they can enjoy stunning views. From the northern shore of Killary Fjord rises Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. To the south, there is a most imposing panorama of Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. There is a vast array of bird and wildlife to be found on the Fjord including Heron, barnacle goose, mallard duck, mute swan, seals, otters, and dolphins.
There are art installations along the route; a chain saw carving of the prow of a Viking Long Ship done by Limerick artist Will Fogarty and a 3m x 2m Oak frame which will frame some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland, as the weather changes so does the picture! There are information boards on the local flora and fauna painted by artist Rachel Craig, and of the geology and history of the Fjord.
The trail is free to use with a car park located just beside the start of the path. Shane Young of Killary Adventure Co. says “It is a stunning new amenity for the Leenane and Connemara region. We are lucky to have land available to use for such a facility.”
The path, although rough underfoot and not suitable for buggies, is perfect for families and walkers of all ages. It is also one of the few walking paths in Connemara on which dogs are welcome.
Onsite Food Truck Misunderstood Heron
The Misunderstood Heron food truck; recently voted one of the top 10 coolest food trucks in the world by the Lonely Planet, is located near the start of the walk making this a great destination.
The path could not have been built without the support and funding from the BIM flags grant.
For more information have a look here: www.killaryadventure.com/en/killary-coastal-park