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Palmerstown Bridge – spanning the centuries

It’s hard to believe that Palmerstown Bridge, the main artery linking Mayo’s remote north-west corner to the rest of the county, dates back to the decade before the 1798 Rebellion.

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Beaches Erris Home Nature Trail

Where to pick cockles and mussels in Mayo

There is nothing better during the autumn and winter months than spending an hour or two picking cockles and mussels on one of Mayo’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way beaches.

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Forest Walks History Nature Trail

Belleek Wood – Mayo’s best forest park

One of my great pleasures when walking in Belleek Wood is seeing the red squirrels at play – just one of the many attractions of the recreational forest park that has brought pleasure to generations of Ballina people.

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Forest Walks Home Mayo Walks Nature Trail

A walk in Drummin Wood

Drummin Wood near Pontoon has one of the most scenic forest walking trails in Mayo with lake and mountain views to complement the wonderful woodland scenes.

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Forest Walks History Mayo Walks Nature Trail Visitor Centres

An afternoon in Enniscoe House and Country Estate

I have been a regular visitor to Enniscoe House and Country Estate near Crossmolina for many years and it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Mayo. Located just off the R315 between Crossmolina and Lahardane, the estate’s woodland walks are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.

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Home Mayo Walks Nature Trail

Derradda – a walker’s paradise

Derradda in South West Mayo, located just outside the pretty and historic town of Newport, is a walker’s paradise. The Derradda Loop Walks are part of four walking trails that comprise the Burrishoole Loop Walks, which also include Newport,  Mulranny, and Tiernaur.

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Erris Nature Trail

Red grouse numbers are increasing in Mayo

A significant increase has taken place in red grouse numbers in the Owenduff/Nephin Complex in County Mayo, according to a new report from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The results are linked to an improvement in habitat quality following destocking and appropriate grazing management. CAP subsidised stocking of sheep in the west […]

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Erris Nature Trail

Wilderness Project will restore Nephin Beg Range to nature

The recently announced Nephin Wilderness Project formed the backdrop to The Wilderness in Modified Landscape Conference in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport. This innovative project will deliver a dedicated wilderness of forest, mountain, bog, river, and lakes in the Nephin Beg Range. This project arose following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the […]

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Holly berries in May in Belleek Wood and Cuckoo in Brackloon

A holly tree with berries in May. An odd sight to say the least, and one I came across on Sunday while walking in beautiful Belleek Wood, Ballina.  We associate the lovely holly tree with Christmas, and, yet, four months later the Belleek holly tree still has its berries which you would have expected the […]