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Letterkeen Loop
Newport, Co. Mayo
Hidden gem
Free to visit
Free car parking
Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, County Mayo on this breathtaking 12km loop. Secluded and idyllic, this trail boasts some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most majestic mountain scenery.

One of a number of trails within Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park’s expanse of landscape, the Letterkeen Loop is graded strenuous and takes three hours to complete.

This picturesque trail covers riverbank, footbridges, tracks, forestry roads, bogland and open mountain slopes.

Starting at the Brogan Carroll Bothy car park, the loop travels clockwise and involves some steep ascents and descents as well as rough ground. Its highpoint of 311m showcases stunning mountain vistas before descending to cross a pass into the pastoral Nephin Beg Mountains’ lowlands.

Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre’s café, Ginger & Wild, is sure to have just what you’re looking for after this three-hour trail. Lively Newport also boasts plenty of welcoming pubs and restaurants too.

Trail details
Loop trail
Strenuous trail
Estimated time
3 hours
Why we like it
  • In addition to incredible mountain vistas, this trail also takes you along the babbling Altaconey River.
  • You'll find a carpark, picnic benches and an open bothy at the loop’s trailhead.
Contact details
Brogan Carroll Bothy,Letterkeen,Newport,Co Mayo,Republic of Ireland
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