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Brackloon Wood, Westport

Brackloon Wood, 7 km south of Westport, is a semi-natural remnant of Ireland’s once substantial mixed Atlantic Oak woodlands.

Walking in Ireland - Brackloon

Brackloon Wood in winter

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.

Brackloon Wood, Westport, Co. Mayo

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Great Weekend in Mayo

What a weekend’s weather we’ve just had in Mayo. We had a really nice group for our walks this weekend, with everybody in the kind of good mood you’ll get with beautiful weather and surroundings.

Take a look at some pictures below. Highlights of the weekend, from a fauna point of view, were around 6 Bottle Nosed Dolphins off the west side of Iniskea South, 9 Grey Seals in ‘Seal Cove’, a Kestrel at Sheskin and, without doubt the highlight for me, 2 Otters at Sheskin also.

I was crouching down on the forest track in Sheskin, looking at the Kestrel that had landed on a nearby conifer, when I heard a “glub, glub” sound coming from the very small, shallow and narrow ditch behind me. I waited for the sound to get just past me, then stood up and saw a beautiful adult otter moving along the ditch. I was able to witness him for a good 10 metres as he pottered along minding his own business, seeing what he could catch for an early dinner. Ten minutes later, another came along in the same direction.

 

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