GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY

Additional Trails

Letterkeen Loop Walk

Additional Trails

Waymarking – Purple Arrows

Distance

12 km

Difficulty

Hard

Ascent

310m / 350m

Trailhead

Letterkeen – GPS 53.9891583, -9.5728415

Terrain

Riverbank, mountain tracks, sandy paths and forestry roads

Duration

 3hrs – 3hr30mins

Minimum Gear

Hiking boots, raingear, snack, fluid, mobile

Services

Newport (12km)

Letterkeen Loop Walk

Additional Trails
12 km - hard

Letterkeen Loop

Trail Head Directions

Start from the town of Newport – on the N59 between Westport and Achill. Follow the N59 in the direction of Achill for just 1km before turning right at a signpost indicating Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Lough Furnace. After 1km go straight at a signpost for Lough Furnace, and continue along this road past Lough Feeagh (on your left). Pass Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Shramore Lodge, and then cross a small bridge over the Srahrevagh River . Almost immediately after the bridge turn left onto a forestry roadway (following the signposts for the Bangor Trail and the Western Way). Follow the forestry roadway for approx 1km – the trailhead is located at the stone bothy. 

Description

The walk starts at Letterkeen Woods, which is one of the largest forest blocks in the country and is situated northwest of Clew bay in the Nephin Beg Mountain Range. This area was devoid of woodland until 1951 when the Government introduced a forestry development programme. The main species are lodge pole pine and Japanese larch on the mountain slopes, with sitka spruce being planted in the more fertile valleys. The Government has recently acquired several thousand acres in this remote part of the county, which is to be developed into a National Park. There will be an Interpretive Centre at Ballycroy. 

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