The Bangor Trail is a 26-km long trek through the wet boglands that skirt the Nephin Beg mountains of west Mayo.
Hiking this trail is a tough day out, with generally demanding underfoot conditions, although there is almost no climbing involved. The Trail is a centuries old drover’s track, for people bringing their north Mayo animals to the market town of Newport.
From Newport to Letterkeen, the Trail is unattractive, being mostly on tarmac surfaces. Our hike is entirely off-road and begins at the carpark of the Latterkeen plantation forest.
This is a wonderful day out in the wilds of County Mayo. You will feel the isolation of this most authentic of Irish hiking trails, as we cross expansive blanket bog systems towards Bangor Erris in the north.
Location : Letterkeen Forest carpark, near Newport, County Mayo.
Level : Tough, but without any major steep sections.
Duration : 10 to 12 hours.
Walk Description : Leaving the carpark, we spend the first section on the popular Letterkeen Loop Walk, before leaving it to complete the rarely hiked full Bangor Trail, 26km of wet boggy underfoot conditions. This is an uninhabited area, where you can lose yourself in the vastness of west Mayo’s wilderness. We walk beneath Nephin Beg, Slieve Carr and Knocklettercuss, crossing the Tarsaghaunmore River, before emerging towards the village of Bangor Erris beyond. A truly unique and wonderful day’s hiking.
You absolutely must have fully waterproof hiking boots and should have waterproof trousers and jacket. If you have gaitors, bring them along! Bring a packed lunch and more food, plus loads of water.
The Bangor Trail Prices & Reservation :
|Younger Person of 13 to 18 years||€ 20|
Having hit the ” Book Now!” button, please proceed to the shop in the right-hand column of the website to checkout.
This walk is not suitable for under 13 year olds!