Brackloon Wood, 7 km south of Westport, is a semi-natural remnant of Ireland’s once substantial mixed Atlantic Oak woodlands.
The circular walk is about 4 km and will take you a little over an hour, or more if you have small children with you. Take a stroll through the wood at any time of the year, for a healthy and invigorating brush with our ancient landscape.
Brackloon was seriously reduced in size during the 1700s and into the 1800s, as much of the wood was used for charcoal. Nevertheless, today its 74 hectares make for a pleasant circular walk, entirely off-road and great fun for your children. See Oak, Ash, Willow, Hazel, Birch and Holly, among others. Indeed, leave the track and find your way down to the Owenwee River at the northern end of the walk, to add another dimension to this lovely spot.
Click on the link, below, for a map from the County Council’s Mayo Walks website.