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Folklife Centre, Dooagh, Achill Island, Mayo,
Dr Theresa McDonald

Wild Ireland West Walks is a small company of professional walk leaders and archaeologists based at the Achill Archaeological Field School. Learn about thousands of years of history with expert guides.

Wild Ireland West Walks offer guided walks and specialist archaeological and historical tours of Achill Island and the Corraun Peninsula, Clew Bay, North Mayo, Sligo, Galway City and the Midlands of Ireland. All walks and tours are guided by archaeologists and professional tour guides.

North Mayo Tour
North Mayo has a dense archaeological landscape that includes megalithic tombs, ancient stonewalls, an early medieval ogham stone, a remarkably preserved early church and a pillar stone 18 to 20 feet tall.

Clew Bay Tour
Clew Bay with its 365 islands is dominated by majestic Croagh Patrick and Clare Island, home of the pirate and sea queen, Grace O’Malley. The hinterland contains monuments dating from the Neolithic through to the late medieval period.

Sligo Tour
County Sligo has two megalithic cemeteries containing groups of passage tombs. On the summit of Knocknarea is a 40ft (12m) high stone cairn, supposedly the burial place of Medb, Queen of Connacht; 12th century Sligo Abbey, Drumcliff Round Tower, and Lissadell House, home of the revolutionary and suffragette, Countess Markievicz.

Achill Island Tours
The valley of Keem is one of the most spectacular places on Achill, and a designated Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Learn about the fascinating and poignant history of the valley from its penal era altar to a pre famine village.

The iconic Deserted Village of Slievemore is one of the finest examples of a deserted village in Ireland.
Legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley’s Kildavnet Tower House is one of the few later medieval buildings surviving on Achill. Nearby Kildavnet church and holy well have medieval roots and some fascinating vernacular gravestones.
Dookinelly crannog is a fine example of an early medieval lake settlement. The site lies in a small lake called Lochán na Deirge.

Caraun Point is an intriguing historic settlement site nestled in a sand dune-covered promontory on Achill’s northern coast. The site comprises an early medieval caher (stone fort), a children’s burial ground, an abandoned early modern village, and multiple shell middens.

Dunnaglaise and Bunafahy promontory forts are two of the finest examples of this enigmatic site type. Situated on Achill’s rugged Atlantic drive, these sites are likely to date to the Iron Age.

Annagh Walk
A half-day guided tour from Dooagh to Annagh. Visit Lough Nakeeroge East, the lowest corrie (glacial) lake in Ireland, Annagh booley (transhumance) village, Neolithic Portal tomb and a 19th century fishing station.

‘Slí Ghráinne Mhaol’ Walk
Named in memory of the famous Sea Queen, Grace O’Malley, this walk covers a little over six km. The walk takes in the villages of Derreens, Kildavnet and Ashleam.

Achillbeg Island Tour
Dun Kilmore & Dungurrough promontory fort, an early medieval enclosure and Iron Age house.

Minaun Cliffs Walk
Depart from Dookinelly Thulis at eastern end of Trawmore Strand. Hike over Minaun Cliffs to Dooega and Dun Gubadoon promontory fort.