The Enniscoe Loop Walks at the North Mayo Heritage Centre, Enniscoe House near Crossmolina, Co. Mayo are gorgeous forest trails that are well worth a trip and are perfect for families. Enniscoe House is surrounded by beautiful woodlands, with a network of paths, and there are restored walled gardens (both ornamental and productive – one is run commercially as an organic market garden), which are open to the public. The North Mayo Heritage Centre boasts a small museum, genealogy centre and the beautiful Kaffa Coffee Café which serves tasty home-baked treats and wonderful coffee.
Start from the town of Crossmolina on the N59 between Ballina and Bangor. From Crossmolina, take the R315 in the direction of Castlebar. The entrance to Enniscoe House is on your left after approx 4km.
What to Expect: Woodland trails
Nearest Town: Enniscoe House and Crossmolina 3km
Start / Finish: Visitors Car Park, Enniscoe House, Co Mayo (OS Sheet 23, G144 143)
Distance: 3 km
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Minimum Gear: Trekking shoes, raingear and fluid
Enniscoe Loop Walk Trail Description
Starting from the car park, follow the purple arrow along the high stone garden wall (keep it on your left). At the end of the wall continue straight through a gateway as the loop swings left. After 200m turn left onto a path (signposted Mausoleum) which takes you into the ‘Pleasure Garden’ area. After 50m you reach a path on your right (signposted mausoleum). While the loop proceeds straight, the mausoleum is worth a visit – just remember to return to this junction to continue the loop. Continue to follow the path as it takes you to the back of the house. At the end of the building, watch for a sharp right turn onto a narrow gravel path.
Follow this path into woodland – after 200m it turns left and shortly afterwards joins a sandy roadway at wooden footbridge. Turn left here.
Follow the sandy roadway through stone pillars and on to reach a hut used by the Fisheries Board. A wonderful view of Lough Conn opens up in front of you here – soak it up before turning left and into woodland area known as Fox Covert. Now the loop follows grassy tracks through natural woodland (broadleaf and coniferous) and into Burnt Wood where it follows the right bank of a little stream. After 1km it exits onto a sandy roadway at a gate to a field – turn left here.
Follow the sandy roadway to reach a ‘crossroads’ where you continue straight onto a grassy track. The track takes to a tarred roadway (the ‘avenue’) – go straight across and join another woodland track. Follow this for 300m to exit at a metal gate and join a surfaced roadway. Proceed straight – it’s only 200m back to the trailhead.
Enjoy, and remember to leave no trace!
Please note that the loop walk occasionally closes for maintenance, usually during December and January. Should you wish to check before travelling, you can call the North Mayo Heritage Centre on +35396 31809 or Enniscoe House on +35396 31112.