The Erris Head Loop Walk - Visit North Mayo

Located on the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo, along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Erris Head Loop walk supplies some of the finest views of the Mayo coastline and is a must for locals and hiking fanatics visiting the area.

This walk encompasses an easy 5km incline which you will definitely be completing at a leisurely pace as you take in the stunning views. With the North Atlantic as your backdrop, you will be greeted with a beautiful selection of flora and fauna, rocky islands and sea cliffs including lots of nesting seabirds. On a clear day, you will enjoy a fantastic view of Eagle Island.

Person stopping to admire the views of the coastline on the Erris Head Loop Walk, Belmullet, North Mayo

On the return route you will see the Erris Head Eire World War II costal watch sign and lookout post. There are 82 signs and lookout posts dotted all around the coastline of Ireland, and Erris head was number 62. The coastal watch was set up in 1939 to guard against an invasion.

Erris Head, Co. Mayo, Ireland as seen from the air. Photo by Derek Davidson.
Photo: Derek Davidson, Walk West Ireland

Erris Head Loop Walk Details

Trailhead/Startpoint Erris Head Car Park

Distance – 5km

Duration – 1½ – 2hrs

Terrain – Grassy paths, earthbanks and open ground

Level of Difficulty – Easy


  • Walking boots are essential as it can become quite boggy on the return portion
  • Rain Gear
  • Water
  • Snack

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