Hiking in Westport
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Westport has some of the best hiking trails in Ireland giving you a birds-eye view of Mayo's magnificent landscapes. Below are some of our visitor favourites. If you find these too challenging, see our moderate loop walk suggestions here.

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The Skelp & Brackloon Forest

Consider this the diet version of Croagh Patrick as this hike will take you over the lower part of the mountain known locally as 'The Skelp'. Enjoy breathtaking views of Clew Bay with the trail finishing off in an ancient Oak Forest of Brackloon.

THE BASICS

Terrain: Rocky paths & road

Length: 17km

Estimated time: 5hrs

Difficulty: Moderate

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CROAGHAUN

At 688 metres, Croaghaun (or Croaghan) is Achill Island’s highest and most westerly peak. Its northern slopes boast the highest sea cliffs in Ireland – and the third-highest sea cliffs in Europe. As if that were not enough, the mountain is also home to Ireland’s highest corrie (glacial) lake.

Starting point: Keem Bay car park

Terrain: Boggy/grassy hillside, sometimes extremely steep

Estimated time: 5hrs

Difficulty: Hard

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NEPHIN

Less than a 45-minute drive northeast from Westport, Nephin rises to a heart-busting 806m. This is the second-highest mountain in County Mayo, and the views from the cairn that marks its summit are breathtaking.

THE BASICS

Starting point: Pruglish Forest

Terrain: Heather, grass, giving way to a stoney slope

Estimated time: 5 hours

Length: 9km

Difficulty: Hard; experienced hillwalkers only.

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MWEELREA

The highest mountain in Mayo and the entire province of Connacht, majestic Mweelrea rises to 814m. This is no climb for the inexperienced or ill-prepared hillwalker; in poor weather (and the weather can change in an instant) good navigational skills and equipment are absolutely essential.

THE BASICS

Starting point: Silver Strand

Terrain: Open bog and grassland; rough, rocky mountain paths; steep hillside

Length: 8.5km

Estimated time: 4 hours

Difficulty: Hard; experienced hillwalkers only.

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