2023 Event

Join us for a unique opportunity to take a 9km or 17km night walk along the forest tracks and walking paths through the Galway Wind Park in support of the Galway Mountain Rescue Team.

Saturday 30th September 2023, 1800 IST

Galway Wind Park, Shanapheasteen Road, Oughterard, Co. Galway, H91 K46D

Tickets will be available from https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/howl-at-the-moon-2023-tickets-693973412157 from 08th August until 29th September


Registered Charity Number (RCN): 20073725

How far do I have to walk?

The full route is 17km long, with an altitude gain of 384m.
The shorter option is 9km long, with an altitude gain of 185m (the northern half of the full Fig-8 route).
Participants will be briefed on the walk and will be given a copy of the Walk Route Map. The route will also be signposted and marshalled.

Where and when?

Galway Wind Park - SSE Renewables, outside of Oughterard (Eircode: H91 K46D)
Please allow plenty of time to arrive and park by around 4.30pm if you can!

What do I get out of it?

A sense of accomplishment, a unique experience and maybe some snacks. Oh, and you'll get a branded neckwarmer/multifunctional headwear all included in the ticket price.

HOTM multifunctional headwear

Sounds great. How do I sign up?
How much is it?
  • Adult tickets are €30 each.
  • Child tickets (12-17 y/o) are €10(+fees) each (children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult)
What are the "waves"?

To reduce queuing and congestion on the walk, we plan to release walkers in two waves:

  • Wave 1 at 6.00pm
  • Wave 2 at 6.30pm

BUT, please arrive well before this, you'll need to allow time for car parking, shuttle bus to the start point, registration etc! We suggest arriving 1 hour - 1.5 hours before your start time.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The event is open to adults and children aged 12 to 17. Children must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 23 years at all times.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking will be available within the Wind Park and shuttle buses will ferry participants between the car park and the start.

When do I have to decide if I'm doing the long or short route?

You can decide during the walk, there will be a checkpoint at the point where the path splits.

Will there be food and water?

Please bring a full water bottle to the walk, but we will provide food and drinks at the finish line for all.

What can I bring into the event?

Participants are advised to prepare carefully for this event and to check the weather forecast in advance. Suitable footwear (i.e. walking boots or sturdy trail runners), a waterproof/windproof jacket and a torch are essential.

As this is a long walk on gravel trails in darkness, we recommend all participants should carry a small backpack containing:

  • Clothing should be adequate for the conditions - warm, and no jeans.
  • Rain gear
  • Suitable footwear for a rough terrain (boots, not runners)
  • Head torch / Torch with spare batteries**
  • Hat and gloves.
  • Basic first aid kit including bandages/ plasters/ compeed.
  • Water (a hot drink may also be useful) and food
  • Mobile phone (fully charged and working)
Can I bring my pet dog?

While we are sure your pet dog is awesome, he/she cannot join us on the night. While we are also big fans of dogs, we cannot be sure that everyone who is participating will feel the same way.

What if I have questions?

You can send an e-mail to our registration team at howl-customer-support@gmrt.ie or tweet at us on @howlatmoon_ie

Howl at the Moon Supporters

Organised with support from Coillte, SSE Ireland, and Galway County Council, proceeds from this event will be used to support Galway Mountain Rescue Team's long-term objective of constructing a dedicated mountain rescue base.

SSE Windpark Logo SSE Coilite Logo Galway County Council

Past Events

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