IML Walking Association Event

Castlebar's International Four Days Walks


Place: Ireland, Castlebar
Date: end June / beginning of July


  • At the starting desk on Wednesday from 12:00 hrs.


See: for current information

Road Walks – 10km & 20km

Adult Registration Fees: 4 days - € 48   3 days - € 36   2 days - € 24   1 day - € 12  

18 years & under: 4 days - € 20  /  € 5 per day

Students: 4 days - € 20 (please have your student card)

Over 70 years (road walks only): 4 days - € 30

Family Ticket: 25% discount


4 days - € 57   3 days - € 45   2 days - € 30 
€ 18 per day Thursday to Saturday.  € 12 Sunday only.

Please note:  Ramble registration fees are non-refundable.

All 4-day registration fees include admission to the Blister Ball


The Ramble

The Ramble is a unique feature of the Castlebar International Four Days Walks and holds a special place in the hearts of our international walkers. In the early days, when the Ramble was first introduced, with only twelve walkers it was clear that this was going to become a feature of the Castlebar Walks. In the very beginning it was the 40km road walk that attracted the overseas visitors and the Ramble was the preserve of a small group of dedicated local walkers. Thanks to the perseverance of this first group of ramblers this part of the festival has evolved and now, in many ways, is the very heart of the Castlebar Four Days Walks.

Each Ramble (on Thursday, Friday & Saturday) is approximately 5 hours in duration. The routes, which include walking across bog and heather moorland, offer the walker a special opportunity to experience the landscape and wonderful views of County Mayo. On a clear day you can see forever! The combination of spectacular scenery and remote wilderness together with the variety of terrain make the Ramble a walker's dream. These are the most popular walks in the Castlebar Festival and are led by guides with a rich knowledge of the local landscape and history. All 3 Rambles take place outside of Castlebar and a bus transfer is provided to & from our HQ.

Ireland has a maritime climate so walkers should prepare for inclement weather and the terrain can be wet underfoot. The Rambles include some moderate climbing (under 400m) therefore walkers must ensure they are fit and have suitable equipment - waterproofs, walking boots, spare socks and walking poles. As the Rambles are in remote areas, walkers are requested to carry adequate snacks and drinks.

Here in Castlebar, we know that the Ramble provides a perfect space and time for walkers to exchange thoughts, have endless chatter, talk with complete strangers or nobody at all while feeling the beauty of the West of Ireland landscape in all its elements. The Ramble is ideal for anyone who wants time out from their busy everyday lives.

Letterkeen Loop Walk and Keenagh Walk are two possible Rambles for 2016 click on the links for more information

Road Walks

Each day there is also a 10km and a 20km road walk. These walks are non-competitive and appeal to groups and individuals. Route maps are available for each road walker on the morning of that walk. Different coloured arrows are painted along the routes to guide the walkers and there are control points and drinks provided on each walk.


Although these routes are on Castlebar's country roads and "boreens" we have to be ever mindful of road safety. High visibility vests are provided for each walker at the starting point and these vests must be worn until the walker returns and checks back in at the Registration Desk

Good care:

As the Rambles are in remote areas, walkers are requested to ensure that they bring adequate snacks and drinks with them.


Ireland has a maritime climate so walkers may encounter some inclement weather and the bog can be wet underfoot. The Rambles include some moderate climbing (under 400m) so, for your own enjoyment, please ensure that you are fit and that you have suitable equipment – waterproofs, walking boots, spare socks, and walking poles.


See for our up to date programme of events

Souvenir - award

First-time walkers at Castlebar receive a bronze medal; after five years you receive a silver medal; then after ten years a gold medal. Sanctioned by IML and IVV.


Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) is located approximately 47kms from Castlebar and has flights from Great Britain and many destinations in mainland Europe. Bus Eireann Route 440 operates between Castlebar and IWAK three times daily. Otherwise, should you choose to use IWAK we can arrange airport transfers for you or car hire is available at the airport.

Dublin Airport is Ireland's largest with flights from almost everywhere! On arrival in Dublin you can travel the 245km west to Castlebar first by Airlink bus service to either Heuston Station - for an onward train journey to Castlebar - or to Busáras if you choose to travel by bus. Visit the Irish Rail website for train timetables & information. Visit the Bus Éireann website for bus timetables & information

Shannon Airport is located 162km south of Castlebar. There are no regular transport links between Shannon Airport and Castlebar. Routes 51 and X51 will take you from Shannon Airport to Galway City from where you can get another bus to Castlebar.


There's a wide range of accommodation on offer much of which is within walking distance of the Festival headquarters at the Welcome Inn Hotel. Please see our website - for more information.

Information and reservation

Castlebar International Four Days’ Walks
New Antrim Street
Co. Mayo,
Tel/fax: +353 94 9024102
Mobile: +353 87 6776274

Tourist information about the surroundings for information on what's happening in Castlebar.

Fáilte Ireland website for information on where to visit and what to do while in the West of Ireland

General Information

  • The language: English.
  • The money (currency): Euro.


Castlebar International Four Days’ Walks
New Antrim Street
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Tel/fax: +353 94 9024102 or
Mobile: +353 87 6776274