There is nothing quite like a good walk if there is a fine day in winter. The fresh air is invigorating and the exercise improves the mood. The low sun in winter does amazing things with the hills, and there is always something en route that is new or unusual. On this walk we discussed the families that lived here in the 1940’s who moved to Clifden but until then had to walk down the route of the river from their homestead to get everything that was needed. It is still possible to make out the homesteads. This walk give great views of the Twelve Bens mountains without being too difficult. Near the car park there is one of the few active Marble quarries still producing the beautiful Connemara Green Marble.
This walk is about 5.5 km one way, and is a “there and back” walk. There is a stream to cross so wellies are recommended. Drive out from Clifden (its about 10k) past Dan O’Haras Heritage Centre and take a left turn signposted “Bar-na-Oran” and drive for about 3.5k until you cross the bridge in the photographs. Park in the car-park and go through the gate and up the track through the forestry. Continue until the track disappears, then come back again! As you can see this walk is dog friendly.