Walking in Bangor in Co. Mayo
The spectacular scenery and unspoilt environment make the Barony of ERRIS an ideal area for the walker to explore. Here you will find some of the most beautiful views and some of the most remote walks in all of Ireland.
Bangor is ideally placed to act as a base, situated as it is, at the heart of Erris. There is plenty to offer walkers of all levels and experience, and they are all within easy reach of Bangor Erris.
To the north of Bangor are some of the most breathtaking and dramatic cliff walks, particularly in the Belderrig and Ballycastle areas, while to the south is the famed 'Bangor Trail'.
The Bangor Trail
The Bangor Trail is an arduous and remote hiking trail, approx 40km in length. The full trail, from Bangor to Newport, is almost 40km long. It can be shortened to 26km by leaving a car at or being collected at Letterkeen.
It is a waymarked walking trail taking a route south from Bangor Erris through the remote Nephin Beg mountain range to Newport, passing through Owenduff Bog.
This trail, which is mainly blanket bog terrain, follows an old drover path possibly dating from the Iron Age and used to be the main route from Bangor to Newport, dating back to the 16th century.
Along the route there is evidence of previous human habitation, mostly from the mid 19th century when population pressure in this area was intense, immediately preceding the Great Famine.
The Bangor Trail can take at least 10 hours to complete, 12 hours or more are likely. Walkers need to be experienced and well equipped. On a clear day, walkers are rewarded with wonderful views over the surrounding landscape, as well as a great variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.
This area is Ireland’s biggest wilderness and is a remote and quiet place. Irish hares, red deer, frogs, red grouse as well as other birds and summer wildflowers can be spotted.