Following the green arrows brings you on a short journey through this beautiful Dun Chaocháin region – an area of great physical beauty which has retained many of its traditions and culture. The Irish language is still the vernacular. This part of the north Mayo coast is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets, with many of its majestic cliffs, rugged headlands, rocky coves and jagged stacks apparent only to those who leave the main thoroughfares to discover them. The Stags of Broadhaven can be viewed from this region, as well as the famous An Bhinn Bhuí (Benwee Head) – a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point.
There are four Slí na Sláinte walking routes in Co. Mayo, including one in Belmullet and one in Ceathrú Thaidhg. Slí na Sláinte translates as 'path to health'. Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation. These are walking routes marked by bright colourful signposts, which are situated at 1km intervals. Ceathrú Thaidhg Slí na Sláinte is 3km long.
Local Gaelgóir Agatha Hurst is an experienced and qualified tour guide with an intimate knowledge of the Erris area, where she was born and bred. As a qualified Irish teacher and an archaeologist, Agatha can tell you all about the local flora, fauna and wildlife (as Gaeilge nó as Béarla). Providing guided walking tours, bus tours and boat trips to the islands, Agatha has featured on national television many times and is an excellent Erris storyteller!
Barry Murphy from Tourism Pure Walking Holidays has an inspiring knowledge of the Erris region, guiding visitors through mountains, cliff-top trails, blanket bog and offshore islands. Barry is committed to offering his guests a fun walking holiday in wild Mayo, while adhering to the principles of sustainable tourism. Barry says, “Je parle français. Ich spreche deutsch.”
Ceann Iorrais / Erris Head, Gleann Lára / Glenlara
Lúb Ceann Iorrais (Erris Head Loop)
01/01/1970 - 01/01/1970
The Erris Head Loop is a 5km coastal walk taking in some of the most spectacular scenery carved out by the Atlantic Ocean. The north-facing cliffs are some of the most exposed in Ireland. Ceann Iorrais (Erris Head) – a Special Area of Conservation - is a landmark for weather forecasters and mariner. The headland is home to some of the country’s wildlife icons. Known as Irish crows, choughs nest on the cliffs and Irish hares chase each other and box on the grassland. Atlantic seals, porpoises and bottlenose dolphin patrol the headland from below. On your walk, you’ll come across the WWII marine and coastguard service Look Out Post and you may be able to make out the large markings of EIRE 62 – one of many coastal navigational aids placed in 1942 & 1943 to help pilots identify the land as Ireland.