The Moy Ridgepool & Salmon Weir, Ballina, Co Mayo, Ireland

Walking Trails in North Mayo

at Ballina Manor Hotel


Using Ballina Manor Hotel as your base places you in the centre of all the available walking trails that North Mayo has to offer it's visitors.  So, whether you enjoy a stroll on the beach or climbing Croagh Patrick Mountain there are walks for all levels and ability, offering a great way to experience and see all of the breath-taking scenery, heritage and beauty Mayo has to offer all it's tourists, visitors and locals.

Ballina Historic Town Walk

Ballina Historic Town Walk has hidden gems to be found in the scenic setting that is Ballina Town.

There are three heritage trails to choose from Red, Blue and Yellow all of which are approximately 3km and take 90 mins or so.  Some highlights you will find on the walks:

  • Belleek Manor built in the 1830’s
  • The Ice House which was originally built in 1859 to freeze salmon that were being exported.
  • Creteboom, a concrete (yes concrete) tugboat built in WW1 in 1937.
  • Famine-era Workhouse
  • Ballina Dolmen dating around 2000BC
  • Spectacular St Muredach’s Cathedral 

Ask our team for maps and details of the routes enjoy the beauty and history Ballina has to offer.   While you are on the walk check out the Salmon Weir Bridge and see if you think the bridge traces the curve of a fishing rod?

Carrowteige Loop Walk – Belmullet

This walk will take you to the most northerly point of County Mayo and along the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way.  The walks are quite isolated in parts which adds magic to the walks.  With breath taking views of jagged cliffs, caves, chasms, bogs and true rustic rural Ireland.   Steeped in folklore some key parts of the walk are:

  • Cill a Ghallagain Graveyard dating back to early Christian period
  • Children of Lir Sculpture famous Irish Folklore 

The Children of Lir Walk is a 10km trek and is average difficulty where the Black Ditch walk is 13km and includes a very demanding ascent.

This walk is classified as a coastal, heritage and Wild Atlantic Way.  Starting at Glenamoy Village on the R314 between Belmullet and Ballycastle. Follow the R314 in the direction of Belmullet for approximately 2km to reach a road junction on your right (signposted Ross Port). Turn right and follow this road for approximately 12km (continuing straight at the turn-off for Ross Port) to reach the village of Carrowteigue (An Ceathru Tadhg). The trailhead is located beside the shop on your right as you enter the village. 

Belleek Forest Park and Heritage Trail - BallinaBelleek Wood - Mayo's best forest park | Mayo.ME

Located on the western bank of the River Moy.  It starts about 2km from Ballina town on the R314 to Killala.   It will take the average walker 1.5 hours and is 4km long.  The trail is part of the former Belleek Estate with bring you back to the past with features going back to the 1845 during the famine in Ireland such as a hermitage, ice house and a wall built during the famine in Ireland (1845) as a relief scheme.  The walk offers diverse wildlife and wooded area such as badgers, foxes, rabbits, otters and kingfishers.  The woodland is part of the Belleek Estate and is home to Norway Spruce, Scots Pine, Silver Fir as well as Beech, Oak and Ash.  



Keenagh Loop Walk (Mountain Walk)Keenagh Loop Walk in the Bogs of West Mayo (12km)

Starting from the R311 Castlebar in the direction of Newport.   This is a 12 km trail over mountain terrain, it will take 3 – 4 hrs.  It is not a walk for the faint hearted and would be considered a hard walk.  The rate of ascent makes the walk a challenging one.  This walk is one to have your camera on the ready to capture its fantastic scenery, panoramic views of mountains, valleys, rivers and streams. 

 As you walk the first part of the loop you will experience the views towards Glenhest and Newport to the South.  On the return amazing views of North Mayo and all the way to the Atlantic.

If you have any queries don’t hesitate to ask a member of our team at reception. 


Foxford Loop Walks

The beautiful town of Foxford on the River Moy lies between the Ox and Nephin mountains. There are four main walking trails you can choose from which are marked and developed to offer something for everyone. 

Foxford Town Loop - 4km from the Town centre
Shanwar / Belgarrow Loop - 8km from the Town centre & 1.5-2 hours duration.
Foxford Way Loop – High degree of difficulty 33km and takes 8-9 hours
Callow Loop Walk – Moderate Walk 6.5km & 2hour duration stating at Callow Lake pier just off the N26. 

Highlights of Foxford Loop Walks:

  • Rugged Western Slopes of the Ox Mountains
  • Foxford Steeped in Culture and Heritage and home to the famous Woollen Mills
  • The mountains offered refuge to many during Ireland’s troubled past
  • Callow Lake, Traditional Farms and Cottages as well as a variety of wildlife and forestry.
  • Breath-taking Scenery along all the walks. 

The Foxford Loop Walks has something to offer all types of walkers and not to be missed to experience rural Ireland at its best.

To get a full look at the walks available in Mayo please check out or talk to a member of our team for more information to help you plan your itinerary.