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Aenghus Mac Grianna praises Connemara's beauty in new RTÉ Tracks and Trails series

“I don’t know what causes it but the light here is magical. Maybe it’s the reflection off the landscape and the stone but it’s captivating.”

(First broadcast Friday, February 14, 7.30pm, RTÉ-1. )

Walking West Siúil Siar's launch of regular walks coincided with the broadcast of the first in the new series of “Tracks and Trails” on RTE-1. First in the series was a walk around the Carraroe peninsula and neighbouring islands was  RTÉ newsreader Aenghus Mac Grianna, accompanied by a "Walking West" guide.

Aenghus loved his walk around Carraroe’s coastline followed by a sailing trip to Trá Bháin across Greatman’s Bay where he continued on foot to Ceann Gólaim in Lettermullan. “I really enjoyed it. What I liked about Carraroe too is that there are times when you feel completely on your own to think and reflect and yet you are never too far from civilisation which I like to sense behind it all.

“What I liked also about the Carraroe walk, that although long, it was never arduous. The landscape is varied, there are lots of nooks and crannies lying in wait for you”

Aenghus, who had not been to Carraroe for 20 years, got a very special welcome on his way down to the famed Trá an Dóilín or Coral Beach. A tall curious Connemara pony by the name of Seoidín ventured over and gave the RTE star a robust but friendly nuzzling. To such unique experiences to Connemara adds the quality of the light. “I don’t know what causes it but the light here is magical. Maybe it’s the reflection off the landscape and the stone but it’s captivating.” Captivating, too, or in Aenghus’s own words “exhilirating” was a trip across Greatman’s Bay in a “Gleoiteog” a slightly smaller version of the traditional Galway Sailing boat or Hooker.

Accompanying Aenghus was Walking West marine and countryside guide, Seán Ó Mainnín, one of the first  batch of qualified and Fáilte Ireland-recognised coastal walk leaders. “The surfers are having all the fun along the coast,” he quipped. “Soon it will be the walkers turn. Walking West Siúil Siar” will offer graded walks to suit all abilities. We’re putting our hillwalks on hold for two months as there so much water on the slopes that even on sunny days will make it treacherous for the time being.”

Initial walks being offered include Carraroe, Silverstrand in Barna and Maighros in Carna. Oughterard, Leitirmornacoille, Seanmhac bog walk and Rosmuc will also be coming down the line. Walking West will also facilitate combined walking and sailing packages through tour operator Wild Atlantic Adventures.
For further details/queries see www.walkingwest.ie, Email: info@walkingwest.ie Phone: 0860806684.


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