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Wild camping

  • 03-07-2013 3:56pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5

    Hi all,

    I am moderately experienced in wild camping, all of it in Connemara as I'm a Galway man. With the promise of good weather coming (fingers crossed!!) looking to organise a trip.

    There will be a group of four possibly five of us. Would like to go somewhere new. First thoughts are Kerry or west Cork, but also open to Donegal, Sligo or north Mayo (Bellmullet area maybe?) So I'm hoping for suggestions and advice on here.

    We are vehement supporters of the leave no trace principles. The Ideal spot would be near some woods and a stream/river. Quite isolated would be good but not too difficult to reach as would have a fair bit of gear to get in. Rather would like to set up base for a 3 to 4 days and hike/climb from there.

    Anyone have any experience in the Cloon Lough area or know somewhere better? Was thinking of heading to Dursey Island for a day, is it possible to camp wild there?

    Thanks for you help folks!


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Very few trees, let alone woods, around either Cloon Lough or Dursey. Both in farming areas, albeit with very low population, so reckon it could be hit and miss as to whether it's okay or stopped. Maybe try ringing a guesthouse in Glencar which is near Cloon Lough, and they will presumably allow camping on their grounds. Bring something for midges. One other place you could think of is the valley between Stumpa East Top and Beenaunmore. Fantastic place.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5 Yossarian heller

    Going to camp on Maumeen in Connemara and take on Binn idir an da log. Then the next day take on Garraun and Benchoona and hike down to the beach at Glassillaun. That is Sat and Sunday.
    Taking Monday off and heading to Kerry on Tuesday. That spot does sound amazing, definatley going to head there. Thanks!! :D Was thinking of camping somewhere on the dingle peninsula for a night, maybe at the foot of Stradbally in the valley between it and Dromavally. Anyone been here or know if its possible?

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    The obvious place near Stradbally is the Maharees, which is the peninsula north of Castlegregory and is a fantastic place, a sandy spit encircled by beaches, loads of dunes so presume camping somewhere there easy enough - it used to be back in the 80s anyway.