Killary Bay Blueway can be accessed at a variety of points. A popular starting point is at Leenane Village or nearby Nancy’s Point. The area contains some of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring and dramatic scenery. Killary Harbour is a fjord in the heart of Connemara which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometers long and in the centre, over 45 meters 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 meters, while to the south are the Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens.
A number of Blueway trails can be accessed at:
• Nancy’s Point: the boarding point for Killary Cruises.
• 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.
Killary Bay Snorkel Trail
Adjacent to Killary Bay Little, the rocky coastline around Glassilaun beach provides access to a number of excellent snorkeling 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.
Killary Bay Kayak Trail
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.
David Sciora / Failte Ireland