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The Western Way runs for a length of 239 kilometers through Ireland.
The difficulty of the trail is rated as demanding and it usually takes 12 days to walk the Western Way.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.
The drinking water supply is on the way no problem, since there are numerous possibilities to fill up the water supplies.
This can be done, for example, at streams, springs, but also at wells or public facilities. However, the water may have to be filtered before drinking!
On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.
You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp, on campsites and in guesthouses/hotels along the way.
Wild camping on the trail is a gray area As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!
Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.
Facts about Western Way
- in a tent/tarp
- on campsites
- in guesthouses/hotels along the way
The best time to hike the Western Way is:
Arrival to the Western Way
You will arrive via Galway Airport.
You can get to Starting point via Bus. Duration approx. 2 hours.
Departure from the Western Way
Departure is via Galway Airport.
You can get to the airport per Bus. Takes about 4 hours.
Useful links to the Western Way
Map and elevation profile of the Western Way
What else you should know about the Western Way
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