Killary Fjord Blueway
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Killary Fjord, Leenane, Galway, Republic of Ireland
Killary Harbour is a fjord in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. This is a haven for water-sport enthusiasts.
Killary Harbour is a fjord in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre over 45 metres deep. It is one of three glacial fjords that exist in Ireland. On its northern shore lies Mweelrea Mountain, Connacht's highest, rising to 814 metres, while to the south are the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens. The area contains some of Ireland's most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery.
Leenane village is a popular starting point for this Blueway and a mecca for a range of activities including walking and rock-climbing. A number of Blueway trails can be accessed at:
• Nancy’s Point: the boarding point for Killary Cruises and one of three potential start points for the kayak trail.
• Rosroe Pier: on the southern shore close to the mouth of the fjord is a popular location for scuba divers and also a good start / end point for the kayak trails.
• Bundorragha Pier: a small picturesque kayak launch-point on the northern (Mayo) shore of the fjord.
• Glassilaun Beach: a beautiful sandy beach on the edge of Europe, just park and go snorkel.
The Blueway is a network of water trails at which you can to experience a variety of water based activities, including kayaking and snorkelling, in a safe controlled environment.
Adjacent to Killary Bay Little, the rocky coastline around Glassilaun beach provides access to a number of excellent snorkelling sites to the east and west of the Glassilaun Bay. It is also possible to do a short snorkel trip from Glassilaun into Killary Bay Little to the north. You may wish to enquire further with the scuba dive centre adjacent to the beach.
Nancy’s Point to Rosroe Harbour is an 11km long kayak trail along the fjord’s southern shore - 25 km if looped via the northern shore. There are a number of emergency exit points along the largely rocky southern shore but note that the northern shore is more remote and difficult to exit from in an emergency.
Bundorragha to Erriff is a 12km long looped trail which hugs the fjord’s largely rocky northern shoreline and passes close to the village of Leenane Best undertaken in mid or high tide this trail can also be accessed / finished at Nancy’s Point.
There are a number of water-sports providers operating from the Leenane area and these providers can introduce you to snorkelling and kayaking in addition to a range of other water sports such as scuba diving and surfing. To avoid disappointment you are advised to contact and book in advance, although you might be lucky and be able to book them on the day.
Do you have your own equipment and some experience? Use the on-site Blueway Be Safe guide and map to plan your route. Phone a local water sports provider if you want additional information - see the back of the on-site information board for local water-sports provider contact details.