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Western Way - Mayo
Westport, Co. Mayo
Free to visit
This 124km linear walking route crosses some of the most renowned landscape gems County Mayo has to offer. Boasting magnificent mountain ranges, Atlantic vistas and forest stretches, prepare to explore the west in all its rugged glory.

Taking five days to complete and moderate in grade, The Western Way - Mayo trail connects the village of Leenaun to Ballycastle in the north of the county.

A stunning stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, this 124km route traverses tarmac road, forestry tracks and moorland paths. The aggregate ascent is about 1,350m but there are no significant climbs.

Expect spectacular views of the county’s famous holy mountain, Croagh Patrick, and breathtaking vistas northward over Clew Bay’s sprinkling of islands. This rewarding trail passes through the towns of Westport and Newport, ideal for a pitstop, and passes placid Lough Feeagh en route to more remote peatland stretches. These are bordered on the west by the captivating Nephin Beg mountain range.

After the wilder legs through Bellacorick and Sheskin, the route descends towards Ballycastle with the sight of the Atlantic as your guide.

On this trail Leenaun, Westport, Newport and Ballycastle are the best locations for overnight accommodation.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Leenane Ballycastle
Dogs allowed:
    Time:5 days
    Nearest town start:Leenaun
    Nearest town finish:Ballycastle
    Start point:Aasleagh near Leenaun
    Finish point:Ballycastle
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking
    At Aasleagh Falls
    At End - on street in Ballycastle
Contact details
Srahatloe, Aasleagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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