Fáilte go Míle Órga Léim. In the past, in order to reach Leam people had to jump (léim) across the river and this is how the area got its name. Later, a stone bridge was built and this has brought fame to the place as it featured in the “Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O Hara which was filmed in the area in 1952. John Wayne plays “Sean Thornton”, a retired prizefighter, who returns home to Inishfree in rural Ireland, with the intention of buying back the cottage where he was born. The ruins of the cottage may be seen at Maam and many of the scenes were filmed at Ashford Castle in Cong.
The Oughterard Culture and Heritage Group has written a guide to this walk describing many sites along the way. You may download a free copy of it here.