No, this is not a mistake, I am not writing about Norway. Quickly defined, a fjord is a very deep and narrow inlet originally formed by glacial movement, which can be identified by steep cliffs or mountains flanking either side. The Killary Fjord can be found at the northern-most coastal point of County Galway. It is just past Glassillaun beach, heading towards Leenane. This pristine, rugged and tranquil landscape is the perfect setting for a country stroll.
The full loop is about 10 miles and runs along the southern side of the inlet. To my knowledge, the northern side of the fjord is private and protected grazing land. The walk itself is relatively easy with regard to the grade, but if it’s too much, turn around at any point and head back to the car - no one is keeping score. Along the walk you will pass abandoned stone houses; climb over haphazard country walls that lead down to the cliff’s edge; and you might even spot a wild, unbridled horse or two. At the coastal tip of the inlet, there is a hostel at Rosroe. If you hit the season right, it would afford you breathtaking vistas and the ideal jumping off point for a day in Connemara.
I have fond childhood memories of Killary and went back recently to walk the trail again. Like all of Ireland, it is just as beautiful in the rain as it is on a sun-filled day. Raingear should always be at arm’s reach when wandering in Ireland’s elements, and Killary is no exception.