Hymany Way

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The Hymany Way is a 31-mile walking trail in County Galway.

The route begins in Portumna and ends in Aughrim. It is typically completed in two days.[1] It is designated as a 'National Waymarked Trail' by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by the Aughrim Development Company Limited.[1]

The trail was developed with funding assistance from the NTR Foundation, a philanthropic organisation of NTR plc.[2] It was officially opened on 24 September 2010 by Councillor Jimmy McClearn, Mayor of County Galway.[3] It is planned to extend the trail from Aughrim to Ballygar where it will join with the Suck Valley Way.[3]


Starting in Portumna, the trail follows the banks of the River Shannon before turning inland at the townland of Friarsland, near Eyrecourt, to reach Clonfert.[4]

From Clonfert, it crosses bogland to the townland of Cloonascragh.[5] On the final approach to Aughrim, it passes the site of the Battle of Aughrim fought on 12 July 1691, and the decisive victory for King William's forces in the Williamite War.[1]

Linking trails

The Hymany Way forms part of the Beara-Breifne Way, a walking and cycling route under development, intended to run from the Beara Peninsula, County Cork to Breifne (County Leitrim) following the line of Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare's march in the aftermath of the Battle of Kinsale in 1602.[3]

Outside links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hymany Way on 'IrishTrails' (Irish Sports Council)
  2. "the Hymany Way officially opens after funding from NTR Foundation". NTR Foundation. 1 October 2010. http://www.ntr-foundation.org/news/article/the-hymany-way-officially-opens-after-funding-from-ntr-foundation/. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kelly, Ken (24 September 2010). "First stretch of Hymany Way is unveiled today". Connacht Tribune (Galway): p. 8. 
  4. "Hymany Way: Map 2" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. http://www.irishtrails.ie/maps/HW2%20-%20Muckanagh%20to%20Clonfert.pdf. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  5. "Hymany Way: Map 3" (pdf). IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. http://www.irishtrails.ie/maps/HW3%20-%20Clonfert%20to%20Cloonascragh.pdf. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
Long-distance footpaths in the Republic of Ireland

National Waymarked Trails:   Ballyhoura WayBarrow WayBealach na Gaeltachta, Dún na nGallBeara WayBlackwater WayBluestack WayBurren WayCavan WayCroagh Patrick Heritage TrailDingle WayDublin Mountains WayEast Clare WayEast Munster WayGrand Canal WayHymany WayKerry WayLough Derg WayMid Clare WayMiners Way and Historical TrailMonaghan WayMulteen WayNore Valley WayNorth Kerry WayOffaly WayRoyal Canal WaySheep's Head WaySlieve Bloom WaySlieve Felim WaySligo WaySouth Leinster WaySuck Valley WayTáin WayTipperary Heritage WayWestern WayWestmeath WayWicklow Way

Greenways:   Boyne GreenwayDublin-Galway GreenwayGreat Southern TrailGreat Western Greenway

Others:   Bangor TrailMalin to Mizen