"Organised by students of the University of Galway Mountaineering Club for the benefit of the public and local community. "


km in length*

* median value of 30 participants survey responses in 2023

meters of ascent**

** median value of 30 participants survey responses in 2023




  • "The Maamturks Challenge is the best one day event in the World."
  • "It is a 5am dark start, leg straining, foot blistering, back breaking, soul crushing, high altitude, Atlantic wind swept, heartwarming brilliant day out."
  • "2 days after the event, other than the stiff legs, my abiding memory is the student volunteers at the checkpoints. They were amazing. I have 2 kids myself their age, and all I can say is to all the mammies and daddies of the Galway student volunteers - I hope you are very proud of them."
  • “Still we were incentivised by the stiff challenge of 24,000m of walking, 2400m of climbing and only 24 hours in the day.”
  • "The first few hours were indeed very challenging which for me added to the occasion and sense of achievement! But the hearty welcome and offer of best wishes at each checkpoint and at the finish was just the boost that everyone needed. And please keep the soup recipe for next year….without doubt worth a 10 hour walk!"
  • "Just to say a big thank you to you and your team for organizing such a fantastic event."
  • "Very friendly stewards. They were also very committed to their tasks. Well done all."
  • "The Challenge remains one of the great endurance events on the Irish calendar."
  • "It was a really well organised event and a great day in the mountains. Well done and thank you to all involved!"
  • “The Maamturk Challenge is ‘only’ 24km in comparison but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in its steep inclines and variation in terrain.”
  • "Tough, tough hike, but worth the pain."
  • “All things being equal however if the sun shines down on you on “the Turks” you will truly have a day to remember.”
  • "Best Challenge ever on good day. On a hard day, now you know why you wanted that training but still a great day and great sense of achievement. Roll on next year!"
  • "The MaamTurk Challenge - the trek that defines you."
  • “The Annual Maamturks Challenge hike has the reputation for being one of the most arduous walks in the country on a good day. It is undoubtedly so on a bad one.”
  • "Great event. Thank you to all for a great day out. Made it to Col of Despondency in good time but no gas in the tank. Next year!"
  • "A true hillwalking challenge, pure in both it's toughness and simplicity of organisation."
  • "Friendly and efficient, many thanks for a great day out."
  • "One of the toughest and most scenic mountain-walking challenges in Ireland, successfully run entirely by volunteers for over 40 years."
  • "Friendly people at all the check points, thank you for organising another terrific event."
  • "I'm not sure who was friendlier: the volunteers at the checkpoints or the participants, all of whom were enjoying themselves fully!"
  • "Power Up and Plough On."
  • "A mammoth volunteer-led event with your mountaineering friends."
  • "This is tough. No matter how many pictures you look at, this is tougher than it looks, how many articles you read, this is tougher than it sounds."
  • "An extremely tough test of endurance no matter what the conditions, mentally and physically. Very rewarding none the less."
  • "It's a great hill walking experience and an opportunity to meet walkers from other parts of the Ireland."
  • "We must be half mad, but the other half is only part mad, what's left is an exhilarating experience never quite matched anywhere."
  • "Amazing experience for a human being to test the boundaries of body, mind and soul in the exceptional surrounding of the Maamturks!"
  • "Can’t wait for next year!!!"
  • "Tis a fair bit of a walk."
  • "The day starts hard, and gets harder as you go on..."
  • "All this for a T-Shirt."
  • "An excellent challenge, well organised and run by a brilliant group of people. Coimeád suas an obair maith."
  • "Fantastic challenge, all the more increasing when it is run by students... great effort."
  • "A challenge that's possibly more mental than physical! What a day! :)"
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