Derrygimlagh Bog looped walk in Connemara. Guided.

2 hours and 30 minutes
Take in the lovely natural wilderness of Derrygimlagh bog and see the crash-landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock & Brown and the old Marconi transatlantic wireless station on this 5 km looped guided walk. Min 2 Max 16. Jan-Dec

Discover the stories of this famous site and it’s past with a knowledgeable local walking guide who will meet you at the start of the walk. Steeped in history, the Derrygimlagh blanket bog, close to Clifden, is a rugged and wild landscape with two major claims to fame. Pilots John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown crashed-landed in the bog in 1919 after completing the world’s first transatlantic flight. They landed close to a wireless telegraphy station which had been set up 14 years earlier by Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi. Today the location of the Marconi wireless station is home to a white memorial cairn dedicated to the pair. On this 5 km guided walk around tiny lakes and peat bogs with your expert local guide, discover the fascinating history and story of this unique and beautiful area.

The walk is made more interesting by your guide and includes a number of engaging and attractive features along the route, which are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location. These include:

• A set of ‘hides’ along the route which not only offer shelter but house old fashioned crystal radio sets which allow visitors to listen to recordings from the age of the Marconi station as well as recreated sound effects;

• A Tuning fork ‘organ’ which allows visitors to interact and experiment with different sound frequencies;

• A wind reed installation which generates different sounds according to local wind conditions and emphasises the exposed and remote nature of the site;

• A number of ‘historioscopes’ which allow viewers to view key points at the site and see how they would have looked in the early 20th Century – including the old Marconi buildings and images from the Alcock and Brown crash site;

• A parabolic mirror – a specially designed sculpture which plays on acoustics, reflections and light to encourage the visitor to engage with the landscape and appreciate the significance of sound to the location’s history;

• A number of artistic interpretative panels telling the story of the site.

Kids under 10 years old are free.

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Guided walk by local expert

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Derrigimlagh Bog is one of the Signature Discovery Points of the Wild Atlantic Way. As you travel to the meet point for this walk, take in the lovely land and seascapes along this Wild Atlantic Way route.

The walk feature include: A set of ‘hides’ along the route which offer shelter & house old fashioned crystal radio sets which allow visitors to listen to recordings from the age of the Marconi station as well as recreated sound effects;
A Tuning fork ‘organ’ which allows visitors to interact & experiment with different sound frequencies;
A wind reed installation which generates different sounds according to local wind conditions &emphasises the exposed and remote nature of the site;
A number of ‘historioscopes’ which allow viewers to view key points at the site & see how they would have looked in the early 20th Century- including the old Marconi buildings & images from the Alcock & Brown crash site;
A parabolic mirror – a specially designed sculpture which plays on acoustics, reflections & light to encourage the visitor to engage with the landscape & appreciate the significance of sound to the location’s history;
A number of artistic interpretative panels telling the story of the site

Take in the lovely natural wilderness of Derrygimlagh bog
See the crash-landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock & Brown,
View the old Marconi transatlantic wireless station
The walk is made more interesting by your guide and includes a number of engaging and attractive features along the route
These features are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location

Meet point location

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