The Bangor Trail long-distance hike in West Mayo (guided)

The Bangor Trail Long-Distance Hike

May 2, 2021 @ 09:30 – 20:30
Letterkeen Forest carpark, Co, Mayo, Ireland
Near Newport

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 no hill 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 Letterkeen plantation forest.

This is a strenuous but wonderful day 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.

Bangor Trail, Mayo

Location : Letterkeen Forest carpark, near Newport, County Mayo.

Level : Strenuous, with many ups and downs along the way, but without any major steep sections (maximum height is 235m).

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 and like to use hiking poles, bring them along! Bring a packed lunch and more food than usual, plus loads of water.

A lift back to the start is provided.

This is a long, tough day, so please be sure that you possess great stamina and are physically up to the challenge of 10+ hours of hiking in almost entirely wet underfoot conditions.

The Bangor Trail Prices & Reservation :

Please note that cancellations within one week of the event date will not receive a refund.

Date :
€ 30
Younger Person of 16 to 18 years
Date :
€ 20

Having hit the “Add to Cart” button, please proceed to your “Shopping Cart” on the right-hand side, to indicate number of walkers and to complete your booking.

This walk is not suitable for under 16 year olds!


9 Responses to The Bangor Trail Long-Distance Hike

  • Eric Conroy said on April 12, 2019 at 16:02:

    I may be interested. Is there a lift back to Letterkeen forest carpark after the walk? If going, I would be cycling from Newport.

    • Barry Murphy said on April 26, 2019 at 09:55:

      Apologies for the late reply, but, yes, a lift back to the start is included. Regards, Barry.

  • Ann Gaughan said on April 15, 2019 at 12:22:


  • shane murphy said on June 3, 2019 at 21:17:

    I am looking for 2 tickets on August 24th…thank you

    • Barry Murphy said on June 4, 2019 at 10:48:

      Great Shane, be delighted to have you. Hit the “Add to Cart” button above to get your tickets. Regards, Barry

  • Margaret Ryan said on February 26, 2020 at 22:44:

    I would like 2 tks for August 24 but the drop down arrow only has May date?

  • Josephine Mcgourty said on June 14, 2020 at 10:09:

    Hi Barry, I have an interest in the Bangor Trail hike. I completed it a few years back. I also have an interest in the trip to Catalunya. I am a regular walker/hiker/runner.
    Thanks, Josephine.

    • Barry Murphy said on June 14, 2020 at 11:20:

      Hi Josephine,
      Thanks so much for your interest. You can book The Bangor Trail right here on this page. I will email you the brochure for Catalunya in a few minutes. All the best, Barry.

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