Wild Nephin walking

Walks

Distance:  11.5km

Estimated Time: 4hrs

Terrain: Grassy Track, River Bank, Mountain Track

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

Keenagh Loop a beautiful scenic-walk with panoramic views of high mountains, a heavenly valley, vegetation and crystal clear rivers and streams. It presents the walker with a lot of variety and changing terrain and its length and rate of ascent make it a challenging walk.The combination of spectacular scenery and remote wilderness together with the variety of terrain make this a walkers dream.  The walker will experience wonderful views towards  Newport and Croagh Patrick to the South and on the return spectacular views of North Mayo all the way to the Atlantic.

Distance:  13km

Estimated Time: 4-5hrs

Terrain : Laneways ,grassy tracks ,coastal /cliffsand bog roads

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

Carrowteige is one of Mayo’s most remote Gaeltacht outposts, a scattered village hidden in a vast landscape of bog and windswept mountainside. Its coastal walks are breathtakingly wild and beautiful with precipitous cliffs, crags, caves, chasms and islands.  The Children of Lir Loop Walk around the spectacular cliffs near Benwee Head is one of the local walks. The Stags of Broadhaven (a group of four precipitous rocky islets rising to almost 100m) are located about 2km north of Benwee Head and are of ornithological importance. The key feature of this loop is the Children of Lir sculpture - one of a series from the Spirit of Place Sculpture Trail which centres on culturally-distinct, historic, unspoiled and isolated regions around the world. At hand all the way as a reliable guide was a sod fence of the Black Ditch, a half-toppled wall built and repaired over the centuries to stop cattle and sheep tumbling over the cliffs. Crossing its course lay long, parallel lines of potato ridges, the very stamp and symbol of the Great Hunger that still scars all of these western landscapes. The mound that holds the remnants of the church of St Ghallagáin dominates its lonely shoreline graveyard.

The Ceide Fields  are the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, consisting of field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs. The stone walled fields, extending over thousands of acres are almost 6,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. They are covered by a natural blanket bog with it's own unique vegetation and wildlife. The Visitor Centre has won several awards, including the Gold Medal for architecture.

Day 1. Keenagh loop.

Day 2.  Carrowteigue Coastal Walk and visit to Ceide Fields Walk

Day 3.  Letterkeen Loop an Lios Na Gaoithe Fort

Distance: 12km

Estimated Time:  4hrs-5hrs

Terrain: Riverbank, mountain and forest track

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

Letterkeen Loop Walk begins along the the Altaconey River. Crossing the bridge and walking on the Bangor Trail where you discover the remoteness an inspiration of the mountains. You turn right and ascend to 350m where you enjoy the panoramic views over the mystical valleys, lakes and mountains. As you descend enjoy the peace of the pine scented forest track with its lichen covered trees. On the forest road back you again walk along the river by the waterfall and down to the trail head.

Lios na Gaoithe (The Fort of the Wind) is a large ringfort constructed sometime from the late Iron Age to the early medieval period. Scholars now tend to lean towards the latter being more likely as the period of ringforts in Ireland (500 to 1,000 AD). It may have been used as a  status symbols of local chiefs or powerful clans, perhaps representing their control over surrounding land rather than for protection purposes.

Day 4.    Drummin Wood Section of Foxford Way and Foxford Woollen Mills.

Distance:  14.5km..

Estimated Time: 4 Hours

Terrain: Woodlands, Rural Tracks & Bogs

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

 

Drummin Wood is a beautiful scenic forest near Foxford in County Mayo.  Drummin was originally a broadleaved plantation, which was used to fuel the Foxford Woollen Mills during the First World War. Today there is a mixture of coniferous and broadleaf trees including native species of ash, holly and hazel.Nestled in the glen between the Ox Mountains (Sliamh Gamh) and the lakes of Lough Conn and Lough Cullin with the two mountains of  Nephin and Croagh Patrick as a backdrop, Drummin is a spectacular walking route.

The Foxford Woolen Mills was established by Mother Agnes in 1982. She knew providence would provide, and the power of the River Moy was harnessed to drive prosperity to the region The early years at Foxford were a struggle, but the faith of the Sisters and the diligence of the local people won out, and by the turn of the century, the mill had begun to thrive. Sisters and local people worked side by side, the mill was a success! The Mill moved with the times. In 1999 with the help of a new design team Foxford embrace contemporary homeware alongside their classic weaves. Foxford Store and Woollen Mills Today – located in the heart of Mayo and situated on the River Moy, which for generations powered the working mill and allowed the town to thrive. The Foxford Woollen Mills and Visitor Centre welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Day 5 .        Burrishoole  Walk and visit to Yvonnes Cottage.

Distance:  17km

Estimated Time:  4.30hrs

Terrain: Rural tracks, bogs and stone surfaced tracks.

Level of Difficulty:   moderate

 

Taking in the three Derrada loops in the Burrsihoole area gives a good days walking and at the highest point overlooks Clue Bay and Croagh Patrick,. Some points of interest are :

Derradda Community Centre was the Old National School which served the area for over 50 years.

Salmon Leap Bridge is situated where Lough Furnace and Lough Feeagh meet. The salmon leap provides the last hurdle for thesalmon returning to spawn after their one thousand mile migration from the north Atlantic.

The Marine Institute in Furnace is at the forefront of marine research in Ireland, particularly in the area of Atlantic salmon. It has tracked the species for over fifty years.

Burrishoole Abbey was founded in 1469 by Sir Richard De Burgo. Set against the tranquil backdrop of Clew Bay, this Dominican Abbey was active for three hundred years and featured prominently in the troubled history of Burrishoole.

Burrishoole Bridge. This seven-arched bridge which crosses the Burrishoole channel, was built at a place which was used as a fording point (crossing) from as early as the 13th century.

Lettermaghera Pier. This pier, situated on Lough Furnace, was used to bring seaweed and gravel in from the shores of Clew Bay when the tide was suitable at Burrishoole.

“Fiddler Doherty’s Cottage” This cottage, which is in ruins, was home to a well-known local musician and dance teacher. This location offers a good viewpoint for Croagh Patrick and Lough Furnace.

Lough Furnace and Lough Feeagh form an integral part of Clew Bay. Lough Furnace consists of a lower layer of salt water which ebbs and flows with the tides and an upper layer of lighter fresh water. It is one of a very small number of known permanently stratified lakes in the British Isles and supports a high diversity of fauna and invertebrate species.

Saints Island, situated in Lough Furnace, supports nesting black-headed gulls.

 

Yvonnes Traditional Cottage is along the Great Western Greenway.  You can sit inside with a very welcoming fire or outside to take advantage of the great views. Proprietor Kevin Moran is normally there to welcome you. He has restored this cottage in memory of his daughter Yvonne. Well worth a visit.

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This is a sample of walks available for the standard package.

We can arrange walks to suit each groups ability.