The Western Way Hiking Trail - Visit North Mayo

The Western Way

The Western Way is a long-distance walking trail taking in spectacular scenery in the counties of Galway and Mayo in the west of Ireland. The trail begins in Oughterard in County Galway and continues north toward Maum. From Maum it makes its way through the Inagh valley from where it reaches Killary Harbour near Leenane.

The Western Way enters County Mayo at Aasleagh. It then continues in a northerly direction, crossing the eastern slopes of Croagh Patrick, through Westport town to Newport.

The trail passes through the Nephin Mountains to Derry, Bellacorick and Sheskin where it traverses the most remote landscape. From Ballycastle in north Mayo it follows the coastline through Killala to Ballina and on to the County Sligo border near Bonniconlon, over 200 kilometres from the start.

Read more about The Western Way in The Mayo News

The Western Way




 Ballycastle To Ballina

Description of Trail

  • Near Ballycastle is The Céide Fields a complex of Neolithic farm sites with their stone walls and tombs. This is the world’s largest archaeological site much of it hidden under the blanket bog.
  • Downpatrick Head is worth a visit. There is a spectacular sea stack called Dún Briste.
  • Using quiet country roads you’ll arrive in Killala. Killala is recognisable by its fine intact Round Tower, dating from early Christian times.
  • The way then follows Bohernasup the old road used by the invading French army in 1798. Ballina is a fine market town on the river Moy.
  • Take care on all roads.

Start: Ballycastle
Finish: Ballina
Distance: 32 Kilometres
Height Gained: 370 Metres
Duration: 7 – 9 hours

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Western Way Details
Anna Connor, Walking Development Officer
Tel: 094 9047545
Email: [email protected] 

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