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3. Coastal walk - Carraroe

Carraroe or An Cheathrú Rua is a peninsula located around 40 kilometres west of Galway city along the coast road. It has a rugged rocky landscape with beautiful coastline and stunning views. It has one of the largest Irish-speaking communities in the country and an equally a strong boating tradition, being the centre in Connemara for the centuries-old red-sailed boats or "Hookers". The walk starts from the village heading north to join the coastline and then following it closely south down the peninsula.

Currachs and sailing boats at Caladh Thadhg harbour, views of Maamturk mountains north, the "Ceantar na nOileán" archipelago, west and the Aran islands and the Burren south across Galway Bay; coral strand at Trá an Dóilín, former RIC barracks and flashpoint in Land War during 1880s, Connemara Ponies and artist Charles Lamb's residence.

Duration of walk:
3 hours

Easy with uneven paths at times on coastal route

Equipment required:
Strong boots, warm jumper/fleeces and waterproof jacket. Packed lunch and water

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