Of the many the things to do in Mayo, walking is one of the most popular, and for good reason. The views you’ll get of the unspoilt countryside are breathtaking and the invigorating pure sea air direct from the Atlantic is an added bonus.
A huge community effort in recent years has developed a very wide variety of marked trails within easy reach of Westport. Care has been taken to build trails with everyone in mind, from families with children to adventure sports enthusiasts.
The trails range from short strolls around Westport town and the Westport Greenway to walks on spectacular Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches, loop walks by the sea, in the hills and in the wood and forests around Clew Bay, to the spectacular Great Western Greenway and the more adventurous long-distance walks of the Western Way, Bangor Trail and Tóchar Phádraig.
Perhaps the most famous of all the walks around Westport is the ascent of Ireland’s Holy Mountain,Croagh Patrick, known locally as ‘The Reek’. A pilgrimage mountain since prehistoric times, thousands descend on Westport on Reek Sunday in the hope of atoning for their sins, many in their bare feet.
The Great Western Greenway
The world class Great Western Greenway is the longest off-raod walking and cycling trail in Ireland. This 42km trail is traffic free and follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill Railway which closed in 1937.
Westport Walking Tours
A fun, light hearted, guided stroll around Westport town. Customers quotes such as “the best tour I’ve ever been on” and “recommended as a must do in Westport” sum up Westport Walking Tours. Tour leave The Octagon everyday at 10a.m 12noon and 2p.m.
Only €5 p.p, kids go free with complimentary tea or coffee.
+353 87 410 1363
The Nephin Beg mountain range
The Nephin Beg Mountain Range dominate the skyline looking north over Clew Bay. The Bangor Trail passes through the range, on its was from near Newport to Bangor Erris, and the Letterkeen Loop walks are north of Lough Feeagh.
The Sheeffry Hills are a range of hills between Westport, Louisburgh and Leanne. The highest peak is Barrclashcame (772m, 2,533ft), at the western end.
Cong Forest Nature Trail
Cong Forest Nature Trail is 3.8Km long and a lovely walk steeped in history and nature. You will see forests with 100 year old trees, Cong Abby and the surrounding caves.
Mulranny Loop Walks
Mulranny has three loop walks. All three have sunstantial overlap and vary in distance. The Causeway walk is 6km, The Cushlecka Walk is 9km and the third and newest loop walk has an option of 4/6km and begins and ends at Mulranny beach.
Brackloon Wood Walk
The Brackloon Wood trailhead is about 6km south of Westport on the Leanne road. The walk is 4km long over a gentle grade.
Tawnyard Forest Trail
Tawnyard Forest Trail is a 7Km round-trip in the Sheeffry Hilld in the Tawnyard Wood, a coniferous forest managed by Coillte. This walk is part of the Western Way, a linear 150Km walking route from Leanne to Ballycastle in North Mayo.
Letterkeen loop walks
The Letterkeen woods have three looped walks. The three loops walks have colour-coded signposts: red, blue and purple. All three walks begind at the Brogan Carroll bothy.
Derradda Loop Walks
There are three loop walks that begin at the Derradda community centre, about 3.5km West of Newport, just off the Newport/Mulranny road (N59).