The Beara-Breifne and Hymany Ways
The Beara-Breifne Way follows the fourteen-day march taken by Donal O'Sullivan Beare and one thousand supporters in 1603. The Way, the longest in Ireland, runs almost the length of the country and takes the walker and cyclist to some of its most beautiful and least explored areas; along the coast of the Beara Peninsula, across six mountain ranges, along the banks of the River Shannon and through the lake regions of Roscommon and Leitrim. The landscape contains an extraordinary variety of heritage sites - prehistoric features, castle ruins and religious and battle sites - many of which bear witness to the march of four hundred years ago.
The Beara-Breifne Way interlinks a series of local ways. The local way in East Galway is called The Hymany Way. It traverses the plains of this area along its watercourses, including the banks of the river Shannon, through farmland and alongside the bogs for which the Irish midlands are famous.