Walking & Hiking

Slí na Sláinte Walking Route – Westport 

There are four Slí na Sláinte walking routes in County Mayo - Ballina, Belmullet, Ceathru Thaidgh (Carrowtigue) & Westport. Slí na Sláinte translates as 'path to health'. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation, Slí na Sláinte walking routes are marked by bright colourful signposts. The signposts are not numbered and are situated at 1 km intervals. 

The Westport Slí na Sláinte is a 2.5km linear route which links Westport’s two urban centres - the historic town core - the main commercial centre comprising of the main civic spaces of the Octagon, the Clock and the canalised Carrowbeg river - and the Quay area which was once a thriving commercial port and has enjoyed recent rejuvenation, as a major tourism base. Historically the two centres have been linked by the railway line which allowed goods to be transported from the Quay to the town’s railway station and beyond. The disused railway line, now known as the Westport Greenway offers users traffic free walking and cycling and a gentle gradient not greater than 1.6% as well as impressive vista of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. 

The route can be used in both directions and can be accessed from the Quay or from the old cattle pass located at Altamount Street near the town centre. 

Location: Westport, Co. Mayo


Lookout Hill Loop 

A-B. Leaving the trailhead near the pier, follow the green (and purple) arrows along the surfaced road. The purple arrows are for the longer Bunnahowna Loop. After 300m the road swings right - but you proceed straight ahead onto an old laneway.  

Location: Mulranny, Co. Mayo


Kilmaine - Nature Walk 

This walk takes you on a path beside the N84 before joining a stream lined with native trees where you walk through fields, passing the outline of an ancient ring fort. 

Location: Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo


Dooagh Loop Walk - Achill Island 

Achill Island is situated off the coast of County Mayo in the west of Ireland. It is the largest island in the country (24 km x 19 km) and is easily accessed from the Currane peninsula on the mainland by a substantial bridge. 

Location: Achill Island -Acaill, Co. Mayo


Tourmakeady Loop 

This loop starts from the village and takes you through Tourmakeady Wood – the highlight is a spectacular waterfall which you pass en-route. 

Location: Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo


Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail 

The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m), which dominates the land south of Clew Bay in the west of Ireland, has been a holy mountain since before Christian times. 

Location: Ballintubber, Co. Mayo

Belleek - Multi Access 

This linear multi access trail on forest road and track in the diverse broadleaf/conifer and mixed woodlands of Belleek Woods offers splendid views of the Moy River and Estuary. 

Location: Ballina, Co. Mayo


Great Western Greenway 

This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the West of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network, and it is the longest off-road cycling experience in the country. 

Location: Westport, Co. Mayo


The Old Pilgrim Road - Ballintubber 

From Ballintubber runs the old pilgrim road to Croagh Patrick, some 22 miles away. The road is known as Tochar Phadraig, after Ireland's patron saint. 

Location: Ballintubber, Co. Mayo


Fawnglass Loop 

Clare Island lies 4 miles off the west coast of Ireland at the entrance to Clew Bay. The largest of the Mayo offshore islands, it has a varied terrain: spectacular cliffs with large numbers of nesting sea birds and a rich ‘inland’ topography of hills. 

Location: Clare Island, Co. Mayo


Letterkeen Loop 

The north of County Mayo offers remoteness and seclusion in abundance. This looped walk starts from the Brogan Carroll Bothy (a basic shelter for walkers) in Letterkeen Woods - 12km from the nearest town of Newport, with the bare summits of the Nephin. 

Location: Newport, Co. Mayo


Moorehall Walk 

This walk follows forest road as it circles through Moore Hall to reach the ruined Moorehall House and its old walled garden and continues back to the car park. Good views of Lough Carra from the shore across the road from the car park. 

Location: Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo


Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays

Discover one of the most spectacular coastlines in Europe in the best way possible: on foot with a guide with Croagh Patrick Walking Holidays. 

Walks range from tricky ascents for the serious walker, to week long easier itineraries with a selection of day walk for those who simply want to be a part of this incredible environment. 

Carefully planned itineraries mean you can choose to challenge yourself, or to enjoy the experience of this wild and wonderful place in a relaxing ramble. Itineraries range from day tours to weeklong trips. 

Walking with Gerry Greensmyth, one of the region’s most experienced guides, and the first walking operator to introduce centre-based trips in Ireland, is a great, and great fun way to have a truly unforgettable stay in this spectacular part of the world. They are located in Westport, County Mayo.

For more information log on to www.walkingguideireland.com


Trek West 

Trek West Tours specialises in Guided Walking Holidays for groups and individuals in the West of Ireland. Choose from looped walks, long distance way-marked routes and beautiful forest walks.

Whether you are interested in a long trek or a short stroll, then Trek West has something to suit you and your stamina levels.

For more information log on to http://www.trekwesttours.ie


Historical & Religious 
Guided tour of Murrisk Heritage Loop Walk each Saturday July & August at 2.30 p.m. with Brían Hoban, Local Historian & Fáilte Ireland Approved Tourist Guide.
Meeting Place: Campbell’s Pub, Murrisk, Westport, County Mayo. 
• Details of Patrician Pilgrimage.
• Visit to National Famine Memorial
• Visit to Murrisk Abbey
• Developement of fishing industry by settlers from Scotland and associated history.
Also includes Pre Christian origins of this place of pilgrimage, Iron Age Ring Fort, Neolithic Archaelogical sites, visit to Penal Mass Rock, etc
A Guided History of Old Town Castlebar will take place each Friday, Saturday & Sunday during July and August starting at Tourist Office at 10.30 a.m.
Mayo History Tours
A series of guided history tours will be provided by Brían Hoban, Local Historian and Fáilte Ireland Approved Tour Guide during the months of July and August.
A Guided History of Old Town Castlebar will take place each Friday, Saturday & Sunday during July and August starting at Tourist Office at 10.30 a.m.
Among the topics covered in this fascinating tour are:
● The establishment of a castle by George De Barrie in 1235 
● The granting of a Charter of Incorporation by King James 1st in 1613 
● The defeat of the Redcoats in "the Races of Castlebar" on 27th August 1798 
● The foundation of the Land League by Michael Davitt in 1879.
In addition a guided tour of Murrisk Heritage Loop Walk will take place each Saturday commencing at Campbell’s Pub, Murrisk at 2.30p.m.
For full details contact Brían at 087 9234504.


Terra Firma - Bespoke Hiking & Stargazing Tours

Day Tours - Pick up 10am, return approximately 4.30pm.  There are various options:

Sacred Sites tour (including monastic sites, round towers, Harry Clark stained glass windows, pilgrim places etc) 
Monasteries of the Moy & Down Patrick Head
Route Millennia Mayo (with a selection of stops from the recommended list) return via Pontoon/Newport
North Mayo/Erris - Ballina, Killala, Ballycastle & Ceide Fields, Ballycroy National Park
Connemara & South Mayo - Louisburgh, Leenane, Lough Mask & Cong

[Note: longer routes will return at the later time of 6pm to accommodation]

Check out Hillary White's Sinday Independet Review of his visit to the region https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/mayo-castles-at-the-end-of-the-earth-on-a-wild-atlantic-safari-37039515.html

Guided Walking Tours

Pick up 10am, return approximately 4.30pm for a day of easy-moderate guided walks in Ireland's unspoiled wilderness with a selection of hiking options in Connemara, Nephin Begs, Achill or the extracts of the Bangor Trail/Western Way.  Suitable to those looking to experience a digital detox and an escape to the magic of mayo.   

Night Tours - take place in the darker/off season periods. This is a dark sky safari to the Mayo Dark Sky Park with late night sky viewing with a laser pointer, plus stories and magic from Dan O'Donoghue at the Letterkeen bothy to wind up the evening.  Binoculars & Take-Away Sky Maps included. 

For more information visit www.TerraFirmaIreland.com 

Call 089 2409015 / 086 8595166




Westport Walking Tours

Westport Walking Tours offers a casual walk around the heart of Westport town for approximately 1 hour, whilst listening to some interesting stories of how the town was shaped. Hear stories ranging from how the Ice Age shaped Clew Bay and Ireland’s holiest mountain Croagh Patrick, right up to today when Westport is consistently being voted Irelands tidiest town and even the best place to live in Ireland. Discover how Westport House was built on the grounds of Grainne Mhoals Castle or how Westport Town came to be designed around the beautiful Carrowbeg River or how the now famous greenway cycle way came about as a result of a number of unfortunate events.

Kids will be amazed at the stories of Saint Partick and the Pirate Queen Grainne Mhaol, and will no doubt giggle when they hear how cows were common in the local pub’s in the past.

Westport Walking Tours guides will ensure you enjoy your holiday that little bit more, they can advise you on places to visit, sights to see, things to do, places to eat and much much more….

All this and enjoy a free cup of tea or regular coffee after your walk and all for only 5 euro per person. Put simply you can’t afford not to visit WestportWalkingTours when you’re in Westport.

Tours leave from outside The Octagon Westport on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10am 12noon and 2pm. Other days and times available on request, by calling Stephen on +353874101363. No minimum number groups apply. Group bookings available. Tours run regardless of weather. Suitable for children, prams, buggy’s and wheelchairs. No need to book just turn up.  

For further information visit www.westportwalkingtours.ie