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Walking, Cycling and Equestrian

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The Western Way - Mayo
Stretching along the western coast for over 170km this way marked way takes the walker from the fjord of Killary Harbour at Leenaun on the Co. Galway border to the base of the Ox Mountains on the Co. Sligo border. The variety is tremendous as the route crosses rugged mountains, small roads and winding leafy lanes and forest tracks. The route enters the Mayo Gaeltacht region as it moves north and through the wild bog landscape through Erris and Tirawley until it reaches Ballycastle, near the 5,000 year old Céide Fields. A detailed map is available in local tourist offices.

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The Bangor Trail
This trail is 48 km in length and is regarded as one of the finest walks in the country, taking the walker from Newport through the Nephin Beg mountain range to Bangor in the region of Erris near the Mayo Gaeltacht. Much of the trail is off-road in remote countryside and maps are available in local tourist information offices.

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North Mayo Sculpture Trail
This project was put in place as part of the celebration of Mayo 5,000. Leading sculptors from eight countries and three continents were involved in installing specially designed works in the wild and beautiful north Mayo landscape. The result is this unique Sculpture Trail with 15 sculptures dotted along the coast starting in Ballina and passing through Béal Deirg, Gleann na Muaigh on to Ceathrú Thaidhg, Béal an Mhuirthead and Blacksod Point. Guidebooks are available locally.

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Horse Riding
Ard Aoibhinn Stables are located in Tourmakeady in County Mayo, and are run by the Burke family. It is a working farm, with a Riding Centre which offers residential and self-catering accommodation. Facilities include, qualified instructor, outdoor arena, hacking, trekking and changing rooms. One can enjoy a wide variety of beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Party Mountains on horseback. The Connemara pony is proudly featured in their stable alongside a selection of sturdy Irish Hunter types.

Contact:
Ard Aoibhinn Stables, Cappaduff, Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo.
Tel : +353 (0) 94 9544009

Calveys Horseriding, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo.
Tel: +353 (0) 98 43158


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Local Walks
Local tourism groups have also developed a range of short distance walking or cycling routes. Information is available from the following organisations.

Contact:
Erris: Iorras Domhnann. Tel: 097 81500
Achill: Achill Tourism. Tel: 098 47353 Web: www.achilltourism.com

Siúlóidí Iorrais
Self guided 22 loop walks around Erris are detailed in the booklet “Siúlóidí Iorrais”, available through local newsagents. Further details from Iorras Domhnann.
Tel:+353(0)97 81500 • Fax:+353(0)97 81501
Email: iorrasd@hotmail.com

Erris Head Looped Walk, Comharchumann Ionad Deirbhle Tel: +353(0) 97 85790

Ceathrú Thaidhg Looped Walks, Comhar Dún Chaocháin Tel: +353(0) 97 88082
 

 

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